I don't know wether to laugh or to cry reading this... You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Probably you played the game for 1 year and then put it back in a box. Troup placement matters, maneuvering matters, army composition matters, and who can make soldiers faster is not automatically an advantage but for sure you have more options then. I call everyone unknowing who says that Cossacks 2 is a game with more depth and more options than Cossacks 1. The opposite is the case! + Formations mean a lot in Cossacks Back to war as well. It just depends on the situation and the maps, something that you obviously could not read. In fact a high level game of million ressources involves so much details to win and in 5000 20pt indeed the economy also plays a massive role! You and Nowy both swim in the boat with your arguements, but repeating false things over and over doesn't make it right!!! Knowing Cossacks-Back to war entirely gives me the same view on other games like you have.