There's a lot to like about the game, but I keep stopping after a few turns.
I have no idea what I should be doing.
When should I build that second city? Never? When I have 2 armies? When I have an alliance? No idea. No hint. No clue. So hard to play like this.
Basically I've built a stack of death and just focusing on wandering around aimlessly. Good for a few turns but...I don't know what I'm supposed to do. Should I try to seek out all the "neutral" factions before expanding? Focus on getting just one ally? No idea.
I want to like the game, but...man, I have no idea what I should be doing, when. Knowing the the punishment for building that second city is basically "game over" if I do it wrong, really cuts into the fun. I just don't know how to play a 4x game when you can't expand.