Updated impressions to Full Version below:
Blackguards is the first Early Access game i really want to recommend!
First it´s quite well developed already (but surely not without some roughness, especially regarding balancing, texting and bugs), second
because they did two things very well:
Second it actually is a good game in the Realms of Arkania/Das Schwarze Auge universe, since the last ones (Demonicon, Schicksalsklinge HD) were poorest crap.
Secondary it brings a new genre to this rpg system - the strategy (yeah i know, they also did two adventures already, but imo adventure and rpg are not that different).
Also they try to bring a bit of a more grey atmosphere to the normally strictly black and white world of Arkania, you play as a convicted murderer, your party also consists of the strangest fellows like addicts, fanatics and so on.
Though this all Daedalic manages to stay true to the typical rpg feeling as well as presents it with quite some bit of humour as well.
You are somewhat limited in creating your character (three classes only, race and sex are fix) but the skill system (which represents the RoA rules surprisingly well) offers quite some flexibility to process all the characters the further the game progresses.
This mixture of freedom and linear story telling, continues throughout the game, while you visit the locations to progress the main storyline, you have always some options for side quests, which offer a variety of goals.
The battles themself remind me for one of Expeditions:Conquistador, where cover and strategically well placement of your characters is as important as choosing the right means of attack.
They also try to keep the battles different with traps, different obstacles as well as victory conditions.
As the game is still in development i can´t ultimately write about the story, but so far the characters are well done and the development is quite interesting.
So if you either like the realms of arkania universe or are a strategy fan, you can give this one a try.
In the full version Daedalic has implemented kind of free character generation, since many players wanted this and not only the pre made classes.
Well.. the plus is, Daedalic tried to give the fans what they wanted..
the minus is that they implemented it very half heartedly, it´s an ugly, short creation process, with nearly no explanation about classes or whatever (the only choosing here is a single mage yes/no button?!)
Also you kinda notice that the game was made with a hunter class in mind, if you create some very different hero, you may not find the best stuff/make the most out of it.
Also i still get some stuttering issues/cut off ends of cut scenes, so they didn´t improve this much.
All in all, this may be small points, but they damper a good first impression..