Really looking forward to the new surprise release! This is definitely one of the most polished, unique mods for Warband, and it doesn't receive anywhere near enough attention. I love the focus on the fantastical gunpowder-empires as the big contenders (always found the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires to be pretty fascinating, and I can see their influence in this mod), along with their transition to modern rifles. There's just something cool about the prevalence of pikes, muskets, and plate or mail armor all being alongside each-other. As a matter of fact, all of the factions are quite fleshed out and unique, ranging from the more advanced Nordic Khaldim, to the more Eastern Ishtari, and even those Greco-inspired fellows up north.
Any word on some of the cool thing the new release will include Jacob? Perhaps some airships? Or perhaps modernization for more nations, I know that the Gathani tribes, Khaldim, and the two nations stuck on the northern island all lack it.
Whatever is to come, I'm sure it will be wonderful, and I anticipate it!