I love the depth, the ability to control every move, contemplate my objectives, and formulate then execute a plan to achieve them.
However, facing AI controlled units, I can win against superior forces almost every time. My record in attacking other castles is probably 100-5-4 (Wins/Wipes/Withdraw). While true, when I see a superior number of superior units, I sometimes hit the next castle button, I almost always, once I commit, succeed in achieving all three objectives. According to the reports I get, not once has anyone done so to me.
How can this be? I know I get to see people of roughly the same level, or perhaps a bit below in the first six attacks daily. Not one of them was able to overcome my defenses and loot all my stuff? When my record of attacks is so overwhelmingly the other way? I do wonder if they fudge the reports, by indicating to the defender a lower grade victory (and thus not having all of their stuff looted).
But my real point is. Can we have PVP battles? Where both are in control of their forces? Even if it were only in a special tournament in the arena, it would add significantly in my mind. I have played several mp turn based combat systems online. Most notably, Master of Orion 2 and 3. A timer, then a default to AI control would be a big plus. (I would prefer to be able to fight my defenses...as the battle map, being bigger, presents a more fluid combat than the tiny map of the arena...there all you can really do is select target).
The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.