Had them on the Ropes ....
I managed to get the jump on my neighbor and interrupted his build. So, by the time I came in force, there was still plenty of resources.
On opponent #2, he was in a strong position but out of resources. He had invaded me a few times into the gauntlet of death. I put down a few towers and let them come to their death.
I took out 2 of the 3 opponents and was starting the assault on the 4th land mass. There lands were exotic and the buildings sublime. They came at me with about 20 elephants. I had 6 priests and Death fleet Sakai.
Soon, I had an army of elephants. Faith is brutal.
Then ... power bump ... just for a second .. but a second was enough.
It appears you can save the game. No big loss in the game. It was over by the time I landed on the new lands.
Though I do like to review how I did on the builds and population profile.
Advice for noobies .... just learn to not panic. Build peasants and keep the food and wood coming. The combat will come when you have that smooth.