I bought this on Steam several years ago it seems when it first entered early access. Just can't play it because of the zoom issue that the developers have refused to properly address. They say it would ruin the atmosphere and encourage meta-gaming (code word for strategizing).
Nice review--answered a lot of my questions about the game, and it doesn't sound like I will be making space for it on the old ipad. It looks so pretty, though, I was very curious. I had hoped it would be more similar to Age of Wonders, the old PC game, which is what the layout sort of reminded me of for some reason.
"but the online environment is a completely different animal."--I see what you did there : )