So, for close to three months I was playing this game pretty intensively. It is fun to explore the huge variety of creatures, races, spells, etc.
However, once I got the hang of how to play, I found that, even on the highest difficulty, and using just a random wizard to start with, the AI plays so poorly that it is almost trivial to defeat one opponent after another and win. The only exception is if there happens to be an enemy really close to my starting location who attacks during the very early part of the game. Otherwise it is just too easy, to the point of being boring.
This was my experience playing both the original version and the insecticide version. Is the AI improved enough in other versions of the game to make a difference, or does anyone have any alternate insight that might be useful?