My main wish is that they dumb down the graphics and other drap, so the game runs fast.
It is not graphics that lags gameplay. It is poorly designed AI that takes ages in its turn. Maps like warlords are simply impossible to play. Course game engine lags if you take too big scale and look at 45 degree angle, but generally on mid level pc you can play comfortably as far as it's graphic wise. KB is ALOT more demanding on resources.