I have been playing the first mission in the Babylonian campaign, Holy Man. My goal is to use a lone priest to convert enemy units and eliminate the two rival civilizations. The game suggests I start with the village to the east, which is reasonable cuz it is indeed weaker. And that was what I did.
When I used my priest to convert a villager, all other villagers started to swarm me and killed the priest right away.
I restarted, using the priest to convert a lone villager from as far as possible, and manage to make it away before other villagers could kill me. And I made it off with the villager and started a town center somewhere in the northeast corner of the map. Everything seemed to be going alright, but not before long, the two enemy villages started to attack me relentlessly. I barely managed to get to Age II and they started slaughtering me with Age III armies.
I retried for like eight or ten times, and they all ended pretty much the same, with more advanced enemy forces slaughtering my town. Am I missing anything here? Is there a legitimate trick that can help me survive and develop so I can catch up with the advanced enemies?
Thank you, the great AOE community!