So, I bought this on sale from Steam (wooo, digital crack!) and tried to play a few games. Needless to say, this is the hardest and most ridiculous strategy game I've attempted in my life...and I've played a fair few. Anybody got any tips? I started as East Wessex in the 800s, during the time of Viking invasions. This is how it went: 1) Tried to take Jorvik with my 2500 troops that I raised from personal levy. Got a long way, until they dropped 7000 troops on to my siege lines. I retreated. 2) Allied via marriage to West Francia. When called to help in their war, realised I don't have the ability to construct shipyards yet, so I'm stuck on the British Isles... 3) Constant attacks by small Viking raiding parties easily dealt with (only 3-400 strong) 4) My northern ally, Mercia, is attacked by a 9000 strong Viking invasion fleet, and can only muster 3000 in defence. They die horribly, and reinforcements pour in taking them to over 10,000. This force then heads for my capital of Wessex, where I have a measly 2300 - which is the entire army I can generate. Needless to say, I get wiped out. So how am I supposed to survive this, let alone expand? Every time I attempt to take a single territory outside of mine I get a huge Viking army, far beyond what I can muster, arriving that knocks me back and takes the territory. The deck seems massively stacked against me!