I started this game totally bewildered by the "over engineering" of it. By the time I was ready to expand off of Italy (120 turns!!) I had a very strong ally in Suebi who held 90 percent of the North. Sounded ideal at the time so my mind started to centre on Carthage with expansion all aong the N. African coast. Now my six armies are spread all over the place and on declaring war against the Sulecids I find that I am now facing their navy which numbers around 12. Not in a very good spot so my next game will be to tackle my northern neighbours early on while developing the two tech trees in an even process. At least my initial armies stand a better chance of supporting one another while not having to worry about blockades from the sea. Conquor the North like J. Ceasar then look to the South.
Sic volvere Parcas " So spin the Fates".