After loading the 1.05 patch I could not help but notice (as the Union) that the CSA armies appear much smaller than
previous (not 2000 plus points everywhere) but only in the East and much less aggressive. Is it me or is there such
a major change in how they are running under Athena?
Playing at "normal" and my early Union army under McDowell sieged and captured the entire CSA "Army of the Potomac" at Manassas. Its Dec 1861 and I have taken about 8000 casualties, inflicted about the same and taken 38,000 prisoners. Virtually no CSA attacks at all.
I've DL'd the first one and have been using it for about a week now. I can't speak for how the AI is now as I've been busy with two PBEM games, including an AAR that eats way more time than I'd have expected. As much as I might sometimes wish my opponents were a little more passive, they don't suffer the AI's malaise. Hope this helps.
I have not tried the 1.06 patch yet but the quickfix for 1.05 still gives the Union the ability to besiege and capture the entire CSA's "Army of the Potomac in Manansass by just being defensive and sitting on them for a few turns. I will try 1.06 and see if that sticks a burr under the enemies saddles...