I created a short guide that I was going to post in the forum to encourage players to fight more. I would post one about how to maximize negotiating/convincing but I feel that would be better left to others in my Fellowship. The goal is to help players get further in tournament and spire so we all get better rewards. Here is the post:
Does anyone have some thoughts or advice. I want to keep it short and simple for players who lean to the casual side.Fighting in the Spire and Tournament
The Basics: Make sure you can produce enough troops. Have 3 or more armories. Buildings that produce troops you like for free are also great. The Brown Bear building is awesome for giving free troops and also to boost your recruiting when it is fed. Make sure you have the supplies. Whether your strategy is to boost with spells or just keeping them running, supplies are key to recruiting troops.
The Next Level: Troops by themselves aren't going to win the battles. Boost, boost, boost those troops. I like to use 2 unleashed unit upgrades or a dwarven armory (found in the spire), 2 enlightened light range and 2 magnificent mage multiplier buildings. You can use more or less but you have to keep building them in the magic academy whenever you see them. Also critical is making pet food because you will absolutely want a fire phoenix.
The Critical Buildings: If you want to fight you have to have a Fire Phoenix. They are effective at half evolutions so get the evolutions first and then craft the Fire Phoenix so it is in your current chapter. There are several AW's that really help boost your fighters also. Needles of the Tempest (light ranged), Martial Monastery/Sanctuary (health of all units), Dwarven Bulwark (training size/free light melee), Heroes Forge (Heavy melee damage), Shrine of the Shrewdy Shrooms (light ranged), Flying Academy, (mages and training speed), Dragon Abbey (mage damage), Temple of the Toads (heavy ranged), Victory Springs (training speed, lt. melee damage), Pyramid of Purification (heavy melee), Simia Sapiens (troop production boost).
Look these up and decide which are important to you. It is fully possible to never negotiate or convince if you are strong enough in fighting. I personally mix fighting with convincing. I fight half of the tournament encounters I have and only convince bosses when in the Spire. I could be a much more efficient fighting city also if I focused even more on making it better.