With Human Revolution out of the way there's nothing coming out that I'm particularly looking forward to until October (unless that Game of Thrones RTS turns out to be good). Looking through my backlog of games, one that I've never been able to really appreciate, despite the fact that a lot of people love the franchise, is Medieval II: Total War. I like the tactical combat and grasp it well enough, but I'm completely lost in the strategic portion. I burn through my money, don't know what buildings to prioritize, slowly grind my armies to nothing, and generally crash and burn in a few turns, quitting in disgust at not being able to understand what I'm doing wrong.
I would like some tips. Not in-depth guides or FAQs. Just some pointers to help me not feel completely clueless. Some suggestions about which campaign to start with (I have the expansion), which faction/s is/are a good choice, how many generals I should try to manage in the field at once, and anything else that someone who's decent at the game thinks I need to know to get on my feet.
Thanks in advance to anyone who offers some help.