Many moons ago I bought the original Sorcerer King, loved the humor and the beautiful graphics, but then quit playing for some reason I forgot. Just recently, I fired it up and fell in love all over again, playing on Beginner so I could re-learn the game's fundamentals. After about a few dozen turns, however, the Sorcerer King dropped massive armies all over the map before I could even build up a reasonable defense and I lost one of my 2 cities in the blink of an eye. Then I remembered why I quit playing the game before.
Could somebody please explain (or point out a good thread that explains) how to build up a solid enough defense quickly, while still attending to the growth of my empire?