I started the Philip campaign and I have to say that I really love the game design so far, congratulions to the team behind this game. I'll definitevely get the next title, as I want to support the sympathic team too. There is only one thing which sometimes drives me insane: The real time aspect of the game, maybe I'm getting too old for these types of games :-)
I've succeeded in conquering both cities west of Edessa, and ten seconds later a whole army of athenians attack me at the opposite side. And this is just the beginning. I think I do prefer TB. Anyway, great game.