They're winning me back.
Granted, it's all theory still, and I still know I'll miss fantasy races, flying units and all, but it's starting to look as if everything else they're putting into FE might actually be truly enough for an unexpanded/unmodded game. And, seeing how skeptic and critic I've been over the past year, I believe it's saying a lot.
Flavor text, art, sounds and all those little additions are *critical* to a game's success. Sure, they cannot replace missing gameplay, but without these little touches, no matter how good the mechanics are, players would never be able to develop that special "intimacy" that lets a game be remembered.
Here's hoping that everything will turn out just fine. Maybe with all Stardock has learnt from this, they'll really be able to create a worthy MoM successor. And if that happens, know that I'll expect to get even an Alpha Centauri's one!!!