Still at $15.99, but I just got done playing around with this game for the last few days and I can’t recommend it enough.
It is still in EA, and looks to be there for another 6 months or so. The game is very playable right now, but the next patch coming out Q1 '17 will add a lot of UI improvements and some more gaminess. Right now, you are free to wander around a rather large map getting contracts at the various towns, exploring the countryside, etc. However, it is just a mercenary band sim, and lacks any sort of end-game.
They are going to add goals and Late-game crises in the next patch. The goals will be things like growing your band to 12 men, gathering enough gold to get a new banner, all the way up to stating you want to defeat the Orc Uprising (one of the late game crises). It will also bring in Retirement, where you can get a final score and read how the band fared after your departure.
For those still unfamiliar with the game, the dev provides a combat demo. The combat demo was enough to get me to buy the game.
I have combat pretty well figured out now and was doing fine in a beginner level game until I took on my first 3-skull (game’s difficulty indicator, but you can also judge by payment) contract. I figured I should hire a couple more mercs before taking it on, but decided to simply go see and what I was up against before spending the gold. When I saw that I outnumbered the bandits, I wasn’t too worried, but seeing my first Bandit Leader did provide some misgivings.
The battle served as an excellent example of why I like the combat so much in this game. Despite being outnumbered 6 to 9, the bandits better equipment, and their likely higher leveled units went to town on my troops. The Bandit Leader, named appropriately The Manhunter finished 3 or 4 of my guys himself, and weakened a couple of others for his raiders to kill. Two of my guys were able to flee to safety with three bandits in pursuit.
A few extra men may have helped, but it could have also been that my troops and their equipment weren’t ready yet. Most of my guys were 3rd or 4th level, so I’m not sure if a few more 1st level guys would have done anything besides bleed. I’ll happily put this game away for now and really look forward to diving back in with the next update or the final release.