I've been playing since yesterday as a Woodelf. Things I've noticed:
1 - Although I love the overall squishiness of orcs and friends (I think that should be so), I find them to be too weak and barely able to injure any foe with proper armor - I think this should be balanced. Although I do agree that they should be somewhat squishy, they should pack quite a punch. Otherwise it's just too easy. Higher tier orcs/uruks should deliver quite a punch. Snagas on the other hand are deliberately made cannon fodder. We will tweak composition of parties, especially center garrisons, which currently employ too much of a low-tier troops
2 - I helped the King and its lord and lady to lay siege to the Gundabar forts (the Dale men were laying siege to the 5th fort). We did it in 2 days. We butchered with ease +1200 orcs... How many elves died? Some 6, I think.
Since the forts have no walls, we just charged in, and the orcs were simply butchered. It wasn't even fun. The average death rate on those sieges was something like
orcs = 200
elves = 0, 1 or 2 dead/injuredElves are OP, we'll nerf them later
3 - The way a faction loses power or gains (usually gains) is VERY quick. Mostly they increase numbers. The only ones losing power right now are Gundabar (I wonder why) and Gondor (that seems to be taking a beating). EDIT: What I am trying to say is that, so far, Moria and Isengard don't seem to be too much of a problem - except for Gondor. Otherwise, the Rohan are kicking ass and keeping balance with Isengard and the Dulendings...Speed of events was deliberately set high for this release, cause we want people to go through the game fast enough to encounter bugs on different stages.
Kings and lords seem to spend a lot of time waiting on the map (maybe this should go to suggestions... uhm...).
5 - The rate in which we gain resources should probably be toned down. After a couple of friendly actions towards my faction and allied factions, I'm earning loads of resources. If I raise my cha and leadership enough, I'll soon be running around with a huge army.Speed of events (see above)
6 - Since I don't really need the resources I'm constantly getting with both dale and the dwarves, know what I do? I recruit their troops, find one of their armies, and dump those men and dwarves directly to them... this is a bit fishy (I stopped doing it, since it smells like cheese, the bad kind), AND I even get paid to do it, it's just great, but because of me, the Dale and Dwarves have now big big big patrols and scouts...You recruit low-tier troops, so those are of little use in actual battle. They can be trained fast though currently, because of speed of events (see above)
7 - I would love for it to be possible to cut down on the number of trees and/or high bushes. My computer card isn't too bad, but with all the dozens and dozens of men+ trees everywhere, the graphics are somewhat slowed, enough for archery to lose a bit of its fun + It really gets to become hard to see enemies when I get trees and bushes everywhere, which makes me wonder how the heck do those elves see their enemies anyway?? (my char must have some human blood in her...) If this is not possible, at least allow for us to apply some patch like the "no more trees" (I would personally prefer the patch """reduce them trees""")This is a pretty laborsome task, but well see what we can do. I hope somebody will help us by coming up with treeless patch. Like they did with better combat animation patch already
8 - This might have already been posted and be impossible to change... I never play the game in fps mode (?), since I prefer to see my char as I play... when playing a dwarf, I barely see him, which kind of sucks, although I guess I just need to get used to it, and it will be ok. Yup, a hard task to do. There are custom camera solutions, but they bring certain troubles with them, so we decided to not include them for now
I'll write more as I play and discover more stuff.
As usually, thanks for all your hard work. I must say I was very skeptical since you were working on a ver very good thing (IMO the best mod ever for M&B), but you did a beautiful thing, for which I am very thankful.