Now I feel like I’m really stuck because I think I’ve tried everyone and I can’t get the win. I thought I had something going with Mordor, but I couldn’t hold any ground as the game progressed. Yeah I could probably have done better with a second chance with Mordor, in retrospect. And maybe next time I play,  hopefully, draw a slow opponent susceptible to the spam. 

But the map only gives you two uncontested settlements to start with. The rest have some form of creep in the area. Like a fucking cave troll level. Yeah. So it takes time to expand. Maybe it’s the way I’m playing the map. I’m going to be stuck here a while I fear.