I recently finished my first play-through and I have to say, wow! I am amazed how much work you put into this mod, especially as a team of one. And besides some spelling errors, everything ran smoothly! It’s super impressive! I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work, and I hope there are more chapters to come! Here are my first impressions of the game, I hope you find them useful:
Maps: I enjoyed the diversity seen in the map objectives and designs. There were some surprising gimmicks incorporated in that added to the difficulty and strategy. I also like the transition in the tilesets that clearly separated the two countries.
My favorite maps were Prelude 1 “The White Lions” (I liked the introduction of the group in a more humorous situation rather than the more serious main story), Prelude 3 “To Conquer Death” (I had to play this a couple of times but I liked the challenge and being able to improve my strategy as I kept playing) and Chapter 10 “Spellbound Throne” (I thought it was cool that triggering the switch made the opposite side path appear).
My least favorite maps were Chapter 6 “Enemy Unknown” (maybe it was just my playstyle but it was more of a draw the mages out map that dragged out a bit due to the narrow path) and Chapter 9 “Winter Melts” (map seemed a little large and there were so many Pegasus knights with great movement while your party was more limited).
Characters: I loved the original character design and I thought there was a good balance of classes as well as character join rate. Some were definitely more useful than others and I liked the strong personalities of Joseph, Lael, and Myles.
My favorite characters were Myles (great stats, MVP on “To Conquer Death” and I liked his personality), Caspian (I’m usually not a fan of axe users due to their iffy hit rate but I found Caspian to be strong and he leveled up well for me), and Liang (I like archers in general but him starting off with a shining bow and being able to level up a couple times on “To Conquer Death” put him ahead of Winnifred in my book).
My least favorite characters were Faith (I usually don’t use Pegasus knights so I might be biased but I had to put a lot of faith in Faith to hit the enemy and not die…she missed more than I liked with her hit rate and would always seem to be in the area where enemies spawned to just get slaughtered), Travis (he could tank a hit or two but his damage output was minimal and I seemed to spend more time protecting/saving him than using him), and Leah (only worth her special weapon and was pretty naive in the storyline, I liked Josephs more straight forward attitude).
Difficulty: I am by no means a FE expert player, so I had to play some of the maps a few times to either have everyone survive or to hit all the villages. That said, I enjoyed the challenge and was never frustrated with being unable to beat a map.
Overall, I really enjoyed this mod and I am curious to see where the story goes and what new characters are introduced. I understand that modding takes a lot of work so it might take awhile but I would be interested in maybe helping you out a little (editing dialogue, discussing story, playtesting chapters etc) if you are looking for people to join in. Thanks for all your hard work Caladrius!