Yes - Fixed is far more strategic!
Progressive is fun to play - but depends on luck much more than Fixed... ultimately if you have a Set at the right time, then you win... and if you don't, you lose lol
It's not surprising that you're winning most of your Progressive games - as most people are used to the board game rules... so don't understand that tactics need to be different with this version
Also, in every Progressive game I've played - I've never seen anybody higher than a Beginner joining... so it's not difficult to beat everyone lol!
For a real good game of Risk - Fixed Cards are essential... however Progressive games end much quicker so are great to play when you don't have much time... and because of this, it's rare to see people leave half-way through, so you don't get stuck playing against the game-ruining Bots lol!