A bit old but I'm in the beta of fallen enchantress and also sins of a solar empire rebellion.
Well, rebellion is totally badass I every way, it's SOASE but much better !
FE ? Can't really say the same, the beta is practically unplayable right now because it keeps crashing every so many turns ! Never saw a game crashing so much... But the devs know it and will fix it.
As far as the game it's way better than war of magic and they really made a huge progress, it's more like master of magic now. I complain a lot about the magic system, tactical battles and research in general but a couple should be fixed by the release ! The new system is cool and not cool IMHO, so many things I hate and yet so many I love ! Though the devs are really attentive to players but don't dream too much, it's far from arcen games
I'll see what it will be by beta 3 in April but I don't know... The different spells are still blah to me
and earth magic is a total failure ! Armor / creating mountains and leveling terrain ... Blah thats so pathetic when it could totally modify the battle field with cool stuffs.
In FE you don't research spells anymore, you have to gain them through adventure and I hate it, you just can't stay in your city fortifying and researching until you are ready to rock ! They really force you to go out of your way which is good and not good at the same time IMHO .
So much to complain about but hey, where month away from release date so hopefully it will go well ! But I can tell that they are going on the right track and working hard, just check the main page with the main forum topics, it's pretty awesome