They removed naval combat. Good, because naval combat sucks. The only naval combat that is fun involves cannons and ships of the line ( IIRC i played naval in Empire).
I figured out the Tyrion! At first I was worried that there were too many high elves around. The influence mechanic made me nervous that I’d have to force them into fighting each other so I could take some stuff. However, it was peaceful with the elves. I confederated 2-3 of them so far. I don’t want to confederate the rest because they are nice buffers and trading partners (2000+ income/turn).
I did make the strategic mistake of expanding south in the desert region. The 30%+ extra cost is not a huge deal, what is killer is the constant revolts. I have two armies in the desert to squash down all the rebellions.
Should have gone West and killed the dark elves first. Next time!
I’m at turn 100, own half of every continent. I’m kinda tempted to start over because I am still 2 rituals away and it’s just a slog to play these 12 heroes.
edit: also, is it just me or did they remove a bunch of the interface stuff? For example, you used to be able to select a subgroup and let the AI attack/defend a location.