Tried demo yesterday, probably want to buy the game, but since gold version is to be released in November, it probably makes sense to wait for it... So, is there more exact release date at this time, than what I read in other thread that sometime in November, please?
I also read the sequel discussion, and comment from Rob about Alexander/successors being perhaps not suited for game style... well not sure about it, at least about mentioned argument being map size & nothing but roads - it could in fact maybe make for even better gameplay feeling:
-Larger importance of maneuver
-Bigger but more significant (=fewer) battles
-Terrain supply modifiers (deserts, mountains)
-More to logistics (with some new mechanism emulating the way he was getting reinforcements historically (from his regents in secured areas) - perhaps reinforcements pools for individual culture in each city - like, there are x trained manpower from Macedonia, y from Greece, z from former Persian areas... that would grow more for local troop types but much less from remote ones - with occasional wave of larger reinforcements (e.g., Antipater sent trained troops from Macedonia)
-Regent/Satrap system - Alexander(or successor) would not be able to control everything but would have to assign leaders to govern areas (perhaps this would be good areas for characters development - and maybe some traits, like some being loyal no matter what, some of them being more traditional (pro-macedonian)
-Loyalty/fear/intimidation mechanisms - those played major role during Alexander's conquests - when there were rumors he was killed, when he razed cities in retribution, when he shown generosity to defeated opponents (which some of them interpreted as weakness and waited for first opportunity to rebel).
-Village system would maybe need to have different role than in Philip
Of course I can't consider whether this would be feasible as there may be engine limitations and it might also be too complex to do properly with relatively small amount of staff. But maybe it's worth the consideration.