I've found the field in the 4th land to be harder than in the past. It starts out with only two seasons of 10 moves and Winter takes up 8 of the 10 moves. Oh and they have gone back to a 5x6 board. There is promise of shorter winters when buying a certain building. The mines don't have any extra bit of evil, yet. Starting without extra benefit from the buildings may be the roughest part of it. edit: From what I see the Village Hall comes up at level 40 so this area is actually smaller and spans only 10 levels.