I still love it too. This is the short game I just finished:
Aetolia is a small 2 or 3 city greek republic at start. I got the achievement ‘Pan-Hellenic League’ by doing this run. It’s a great country to start as since you start with a guarantee from Phygria (meaning Macedonia probably won’t attack you till much later) and there are some similarly sized countries around that don’t have the guarantee.
Greece is a fun area to play in because it’s a real web of small countries that have complex interlocking alliances, while the two big baddies (Macedonia and Phrygia) menacingly hover around the edges conquering, guaranteeing, and generally causing mischief.
I managed to conquer the west coast of Greece (and sicily, which is off-picture) before finally gathering the gall to war with the successor kingdoms for the remainder of Greece.
I am going to keep going with the game, not wait for 1.1. There’s some more achievements that sound really fun, and I haven’t even tried Tribes yet (4 realz anyway) or the titular Rome!