So, I'm having a problem in recent games. The monsters around me and near possible expansion sites are TOO strong. I don't have any early access to metal, so fielding troops with anything beyond wooden weapons is going to be a problem, and if I turn the monsters off entirely, my Sovereign and Champions have no way to gain early levels, hamstringing me when it comes time to fight the other kingdoms/empires. Pride also forbids me from lowering the difficulty of monsters below normal, but this is just driving me crazy! I've lost 2 towns by turn 109 to constant overpowered monster attacks! I've got a giant skeleton, who is ranked epic, camping my capitol, just waiting to doom me at its leisure, and saving this other town from Ongr the Unbound just chewed up most of my army along with my mana and my Sovereign's HP. This is driving me CRAZY!!! It also bears mentioning that the other AIs do not seem to have this problem. I'm at 26 strength right now, and there are kingdoms in my game DOUBLING my score.
So how about it, internet? do you have any tips to getting past this mess of BS bad RNG rolls, and getting Pariden off the ground?