What can I say, I'm putting this here as I'm looking for some input as to what I did wrong and what I did well. The game played a long time and I really enjoyed it, I hope you'll find some fun in it too :)
I don't actually remember a whole lot about it, but one thing I clearly remember is him pounding me hard time and again whilst I was utilizing spies, seeing his troops as well as scouting for potential hit 'n' run attacks (villagers mainly). I find one/two good spots, mainly a gold mine he's currently mining, I send 5 hussars and wipe out ~10 vills in one raid!
Overall quite enjoyable game for a newbie like me, but that's already been said :)