Absolutely agree with this. The ideal BL is the viking conquest features implemented in Calradia. Seeing them struggle with simple features that were in Warband though, makes me think it is unlikely to ever be that way. I mean, they see things like keep battles or turning companions into lords as great milestones, while to us it just now begins to remind us of the features we had in 2010. VC had religions and raiding monasteries, siege events, pets, companions adventuring by themselves, sea battles, spreading rumours, diplomacy better by miles. It even had children. What does BL have? Board games, no dialogue and the grind?Viking Conquest basically. Maybe with a bit less over dominance of infantry tactics, but I consider it the absolute best M&B experience without going into mods.
Don't care about sailing or anything, but ships would be nice to have.