AI CHEATS ruin any strategic gameplay this game has to offer. Over and over again, the AI cheats ruin any chance to play this game with strategy. Instead of actually calculating a strategic move, you are forced to play "trick the AI w/ ambush or lighting strike"
I'll describe my latest adventure. At war w/ lizardmen and norsca. Both have like 5 settlements. I beat mazda and instead of chasing him mindlessly across the map, I turn my attention to he fullstack norsca next to me and take him out. 4 turns later, lizardman pop up with 3 carnos and 4 feral stagadons plus a bunch of saurus. Its turn 35 BTW.... I get smashed. This is on normal BTW.
Instead of a fun/engaging strategy game, it is a slog of save scumming and cheesing the AI to win. How hard would it be to make a mode that doesnt give the AI 30 cheats to win?