I bought this at launch and haven't really had enough time to dedicate to playing until just recently.... but OMG! The amount of customization is awesome, and just the way that the game's mechanics work are outstanding. It kind of reminds me of Ravenmark with the whole, plan everyone's moves and then watch everything play out aspect.
I'm sure this is answered somewhere in the thread - but if the extra Russia map pack levels are of decent size, I'll probably wind up snatchin that too. I'm still not very far in though - only at 28 Stars - so it's still pretty early on for that. =oP
Anyway... just wanted to join in on the ol' conversation... I guess... late as I can be...