What settings/strategies do you employ to maximize the fun and make the game challenging?
I play on normal/normal with the monster and quest set to dense/frequent.
- A variety of custom sovereigns, all from a sigle custom faction.
-Make trade agreements with all factions ASAP to maximize revenue and keep them off my back for as long as possible.
-Spam pioneers as much as I can at the expense of verticlal growth.
-Go on a monster killing mission to level up ASAP.
-Try to get the archers from the quest ASAP.
-B-line to the magic techs to get fireball and tireless march.
-Choose the mage paths that increase spell mastery and spell damage.
-Steal spirit on 3rd and subsequent champs to gain their spell paths that I don't have.
-go to war with any faction that settles close to my borders early game. (If I can't expand early game, then I'll be at a big disadvantage for the rest of the game, so I might as well try to eleiminate anyone who gets too close)