Not to complain -- I really like this game and am still very much hooked...
However, it's *very* challenging once your kingdom expands beyond its initial boundaries. I recently captured Larissa after several major attempts, and it is under constant -- and I mean constant -- raids and sieges by at least 3 different factions. Not just occasional peltists (who are just *incredibly* annoying to deal with), but groups of hoplites and occasional cavalry. That compounded with the fact that my nearest city (forget name) is constantly out of food. Even though I have all my best units in Larissa trying to maintain this toehold, it looks like a losing cause. I can't take out the nearby factions because their main cities are very well defended. I'm constantly on my heels (not to mention my cities to the north are under raids as well.)
All this brings home to me the wisdom of what others are suggesting:
1) A basic diplomacy feature is desperately needed. It seems all but impossible to be at war with everyone all the time. There has got to be an option to arrange cease-fires, if not alliances.
2) An auto-attack option. Watching your troops take a beating from enemy ranged units and not do a thing about it unless you tell them -- especially when you're dealing with a dozen other threats simultaneously -- is ridiculous.
3) The population cap seems too low. If you're going to be under attack by nearly everyone, it seems necessary to at least be able to have some advantages of numbers. I'm at the point now where I barely have enough units to defend my territory (which is by no means huge, by the way), much less keep acquiring new cities. The disparity between population cap and gold seems off -- I almost always have more $$ than I need, and never enough population points. It would be great if you could press slaves into service as militia or conscripts (not sure if that's historical, but at least it would give you a reason to keep capturing slaves -- all i can do with them is send them to mines and have them occasionally build something.)
Anyway, just thoughts for now. Game is great -- just would like to see it get balanced a little more in the way of manageable fun -- right now I worry it's becoming an impossible click-fest.