I have to say that I only played this game thanks to a former friend, and to be honest...I'm not that impressed with it.
This game is above all a time consumer, like most free to play strategy games. It is both a time consumer, and involves a lot of politics. For most people, this is okay; for the casual gamer who likes to spend a few minutes every day managing a castle and speaking with people in your parish and your house when you get higher up it works out alright. It can have its fun moments, and equally its pretty jerkish moments with other players, as regardless of what you're doing or how you are playing there are still many other players out there on your world that are playing at the exact same time as you are, and some take this game hardcore.
This game...is too slow. Way too slow. I can see why; it's meant to keep players engaged in a game about castles with other people. I can appreciate a game being slow for the sake of realism. But if I'm going to be gathering resources, building a city, constructing a castle, or making soldiers I would like the luxury of designing everything in the glory of realtime thanks to technology. I'm used to playing games like Age of Empires, Starcraft, Supreme Commander and the like, where playing too slow gets you booted, so when I'm forced to go immensely slow just to see my fifth or sixth pig farm get built to feed my many cities, I got a bit batsh-erhem...I go a bit wonky.
I got as far as Prince before I gave up on this game. My house was unlucky enough to be one of the lesser houses on the winning side, and knowing my luck another house would not pick up me or my faction due to the low priority of both my parish and my region. So, I bade my party farewell and offed my castles, and have lived the better for it. Too bad I'm not going to be getting all those hours back I should have spent studying for college.