The magic time sink is very light on tech but is very heavy on dimensions and things that make combat a bit more deadly.
All is not lost as you take up the mighty Slashblade to kill your foes. Smite the undead with half a dozen strange and powerful magics or maybe become one of the unclean yourself.
If combat is not appealing, why not start a flower garden in the city that you founded? Just watch those storm clouds. The last thing you want is to be caught in a tornado.