Its nice to see someone admitting he completely failed, its rare to se that happen in any business. Seems brad had a reality check, it was a catastrophic release. If you revamp the gameplay and indeed give a new campaign for free, you will rebuild your reputation. Its in sad shape but salvageable.
Heres my game experience , at first i couldnt play at all cause of crashes, then when i could, i finally noticed how shallow the game was. Large map on hardest setting with 8 IA opponents , and only one of them bothering me at the very beggining of the game then nothing at all during 300 turns,not even when i started the quest of mastery, hello guys i am one step from conquering the world doesnt it annoy you a little ?
Another game i meet a suicidal IA,i had a city barely defended , IA move a large army with a sovereign next to it . I expected it to take my city , but no it waited for me to bring back my forces there and my sovereign , to attack the city , and off cousse loose miserably . the sovereign dies, its empire collapsed all together....
Next game , completely inactive IA... its a serious let down compare to gal civ, its worse than the very first civilisation or master of magic IA.Coming from stardock wich strong point was IA thats a surprise.
Some guy posted some master of magic pics with feedback, regarding abilities missing, i wont repost that here, but i suggest devs to look at it, this 1995 game is sadly vastly superior to elemental. I understand they were not planning to make a clone, but we were expecting something as good , as entertaining or close.Theres no balance, no unique race units, spells are bland , not worth using. Once you have a nuke, an area nuke, and the overpowered elementals summons , you are good to go.Theres not much point making different units, all you have to do is take the heaviest armor the best weapon and worgs/horse, theres no anti cavalry spear men, theres no air units, theres no naval units to bomb them .
If you are fed up of Master of magic comparison , look at dominion 3, 2 guys or so at work and see the vast numbers of very unique units , spells, and items crafting.
Finally the over positive views of sycophants on this forum dont help them, with guys like you tellling them all the time they are great for everything at everything, no surprise they live in a dream , you are sinking them.