Well, i played it and it was VERY challenging..but that's the way it's designed. You will be challenged aswell, it takes good planning and even better combat skills to achieve a victory.You are defeated when your lord is killed or all of your subjects, winning is a different matter entirely. The land is challenging, and you arrive at a initial wooden fort with the enemy relentlessly searching for you. You do have, however, a good supply of stone, money etc, but you will have to move swiftly and decisively to establish a quick but firm foothold. You have 5 years before your persuers find you, but don't expect it to be a piece of cake. The more you defeat your enemy, the stronger they may become as they thirst for revenge and think of nothing but your head at the end of a very long pole. Good luck.