When I read the short description of the map I apparently was a bit seduced to classify the scenario "easy" ... no way, it's tougher than supposed to be! The annoying hostile horse archers after a few months right from the beginning forced me to focus on military defense, what I had ignored so far. It took me a while until I managed to consolidate my position and the food production either. In deed, there is a lot to do in order to get to the iron mines, guarded by several ferocious lions, and ready to attack you as soon as you are approaching ... this map isn't boring at all, no matter what path to the mines you are choosing.
Another great and funny creation, brutus!