I've bought it yesterday from impulse too, but i've noticed it somewhere else over a week ago, i just can't remember where anymore. Must have been one some forum.
This game definitely deserves a lot more publicity.
I've created a thread about this game on my main local forum, so i hope at least a few more people decide to get it.
And by the way i've also been playing all kinds of strategy games for almost 20 years now, and this game was a very nice surprise.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun wrote an article about this game. Probably you saw it there =)
I have to agree with everything said above me. The game is superb and a better challenge than most of the AAA titles.
Also yes, I agree that this game could need more publicity. =] Maybe bring it to steam? There are alot of Total war players there because of sega's decition to work with steamworks... Just a thought.
I already have the game and wouldn't have want to miss it. And i guess there are alot of players that would enjoy this game alot but don't know of its existence.
Your system how you stack your units together to a bigger group so they stay in order when you move them around is utterly brilliant! The map you made is the best (and prettiest) Campaign map I've seen in any game. Very superior design!
Also you really made something work what the total war series tried with Empire (getting buildings out of the city into the countryside) your system does exactly this but it really brings you benefits in this game in pillaging the countryside. You did what CA wanted to achieve.
Then again your brilliant seamless zoom and realtime... gotta love it :D
Little details like camping my troop alongside a road to have it in supply but still far away from the city to provide a frontiers defence... your supply system also rocks since you really have to think about how to supply your army on a campaign, stock your food accordingly on the front beforehand to ensure a steady stream of food.
Otherwise you may have a frontiers city heavily guarded by many of your elite troops just to have them running out of food and thus out of morale leaving them as easy prey to my enemies.
This makes me having to really think where to put which hero, it makes me hord armies of slaves ready to transport badly needed food to besieged regions or regions where I want to make a further advance.
For example on my Northern border (just right from pella) I have a very important fortress where I get invaded by a faction constantly thus I have to ensure nothing comes threw there.I issued 2units of Spearman and a scout cavalry to do the job. (1 unit to man the catapult and one unit to block the narrow path)
Well for the first few attacks it ran well (the fort beeing connected to the nearest city) then food supply went short since it turned out that the amount of food supplied steadily to the fort wasn't enough to support the amount of troops there so their morale sank steadily as the food shortened and a big enemy attack later the whole army of that country (forgot the name :S I'll look it up) pushed into my unprotected land giving me huge troubles.(my troops ran from battle because they had no food+morale left)
After struggling to get them out again I then selected the nearest farm to the fort, destroyed its supply-line with the city and instead made it supply the fort only.
Ofcourse normally someone would connect the farm with the city, but here I needed so much food that I needed to concentrate food supply to the fort. Now my soldiers are well fed and do a great job eliminating the invadors :D
Alternatively I could have ofcourse chosen to invade this country to get relieve for my Border there but I am currently planning invasion of the land of the myrmidons wuhaha :D
On a side note from some views (especially from the side) the phalangite models look too much like play soldiers. From front they look like human phalanx troops but from some angles it looks like the helmet is too big for the soldier himself.
Other than that I love every aspect of the game!