I am within the first 24 hours of buying the game so please understand my helplessness.
I originally started with Georgia and learned a lot, but decided to switch to the Byzantine Empire upon seeing one of their army units of 11,000+ troops, afterall who couldn't win with that advantage, no?
Well my first go round I was cocky, even refusing help from the Georgians and another ruler with my Holy War ("I wanna do it myself!!!") and amassed a 13,000+ troop unit without merc enhancement. Well no sooner than I move down from the Mesopotamian mountains do I see a Turkish horsey sprite of about 12,000, so I sez to myself easy-peezy and attack. My unit was annihilated.
For attempt number 2 I accepted the offers to help with my righteous Holy War and decided to stay in the mountains and see if it would come up to meet me, but I figured it would be too smart to attack outnumbered against a mountain defense bonus. To my initial delight, an immediate subsequent dismay, it galloped straight up into Mesopotamia and again annihilated me. Note I did have all of the troops merged with 3 high combat leaders.
I tried this again 3 more times to see if I was just on the wrong side of the die 20, but nope, dead, dead, and dead. At the end of the last catastrophic defeat I quit to desktop as I couldn't see how I could continue the game against their cyborg terminator unit.
So all of this verbiage leads to one basic question? What the hell happened, or perhaps more to the point how do I to avoid it from happening again?
Thanks for any insight guys!