Sorry you felt mislead Dinsdale, that wasn't my intention. Basically my statement was a generalized one and I thought I was praising the AI more than I was the "realism" of the history.
I just find it a fascinating good time playing it. It's been a long time since I've had a game that was this much fun to play. I think it was April of last year when I got Medieval Total War, but, it didn't last very long because the AI is just too easy. It's a good game, it was fun for a little bit, but, +4 points of morale for the EXPERT mode of that game to the AI and nothing else, heh I'm sorry that just didn't cut it for me.
Now, I've recently coverted over to patch 1.017, kept my 1.013 folder on another drive, but, anyways, I thought I'd see how easy the AI had been dumbed down in longer terms than I had looked at it before. Heh, I started on the "hard" difficulty and had over-run the SW portion of Greece and Crete in a matter of a few turns, with basically ONE army, nothing retaliated, oh they built like ONE unit that I had to destroy, but, no armies like the ones you'll see in v.1.013.
So anyways, I decide to move up to the "impossible" difficulty and in this game I got some action, but, it was all "calvary, every bloomin state around Sparta (I'm playing Sparta), was building calvary, Athens, Boeonians (well they are known for calvary), but, Messnians well the Messians did build a 16 unit army of those sorry infantry (you know the ones that cost "food" lol0, Archaians, Corinthians, Euleans on and on building calvary......this was messed up.
Soo, I went into the "Priority Build".txt files and had a look at things, and decided to change some things around, putting Gold and Silver top priority since that brings in the most income for the AI. Also moved around the way they built up armies, putting Heavy Infantry top priority, then Light Infantry, Skirmishers and Calvary, heh, even moved up the "Generals", in hopes I'll see some AI generals on the field, except for the Romans who are the only ones I've ever seen with generals.
Well anyways, I start another game, with my modifications. Holy smokes (don't get exicted Dinsdale this is holy smokes to ME) ;) I am now encountering well balanced armies, not just lights and skirmishers, but, heavies, lights and skirmishers AND calvary.
The Cretans are amazing me the most with their builds, very well balanced and I'm losing fricking tactical battles!!! haha This never happened before, I was like 97 and 2 on the hard level of patch 1.013 and I'm about "even" in this version 1.017 with my modifications so far (but, this is the "impossible" difficulty now).
Also, let me clue you in, just sitting in some nations with your diplomat does not make your ratings always rise, I've been sitting in Messnia watching them and started paying them off in the early game, got them up to about 66% and all of a sudden, it started going down, I couldn't keep up with flattering, and now they are sitting on my border with (5) 5 dot stacks just looking at Sparta! lol, I'm down to less than 40% now right at the antagonistic level with them and I have no idea what went wrong, but, the new patch did say that the AI will now react to things you do, guess they didn't like me putting out that ONE single 5 dot stack of my own.
But, I'm having to deal with the Arcanians I believe that is their names, right to the right of me and the Cretians have been sniping me since the games early start, they've taken that island city twice now and two of my other coastal cities once, I've beaten them back, but, at a huge price and if the Messnians attack now, I'm fodder under their feet. ;)
I will continue to play it more and if I see the AI continues to build "balanced" armies and you guys want a copy of that "prioritybuild.txt" I can email it to you. I didn't change anything else, just the way the AI prioritizes it's builds and I must say, it's better than it was, there's not all those calvary units running around anymore. Heh, hopefully I'll last long enough to see a general appear, that will be like just the greatest if I have put it in the right spot and I hope I have. ;)
Will do some more testing and let you guys know. ;)