Ah shucks... I'm going to have to say something just to get it off my chest. EWoM is not a 7 nor will it be an 8 when 1.2 comes out. Gal Civ 2 in it's final state is an 8 out of 10 and you're saying that EWoM 1.2 is going to be as good as Gal Civ 2? No freakin way! As a point of reference, I'm suggesting Gal Civ 2 is an 8 based on games like Diablo 2, Civ IV, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, and others being better than Gal Civ 2 and would fall into the 9 or 10 out of 10 category. Fair enough?
Lord Xia gives this game a 6.5 for its blandness, unpolish, and gameplay mechanics that still need work. He must be the nicest guy on the planet. Here is some basic stuff we still need before we can start talking about 7s and 8s.
Polished and helpful UI like Gal Civ 2 or Civ V
Unique heroes/champions with skill tree advancement like MOM, HOMM, Diablo 2
Item types (common, uncommon, rare, unique) purchasable, dropped by mobs, found in quests, craft-able like Diablo 2, WoW
Balance like Starcraft
AI like Gal Civ 2 or Civ IV
Diplomacy like Gal Civ 2 or Civ IV
I think Lord Xia has asked for tactical battles like Final Fantasy or something. I've never played Final Fantasy but agree that tactical battles need work.
Go read Lord Xia treatise for the rest on this subject.