I just picked up the demo at EBGames while reserving a copy of Neverwinter Nights 2, and it's AWESOME. The game stretches 500 years. From what I gathered, from about 1000-1500 A.D., as the end-game features black powder weapons. In the demo was the battlefield tutorial, which featured the battle between the Normans and the Saxons on the road to London in 1066. It also featured one pre-set battle, the Battle of Pavia, where the Holy Roman Empire and their Spanish allies killed the king of France in at territorial war over Italy. The third major feature was the full-blown trailer, where it shows features such as: Electing the Pope Launching Crusades Discovering the New World (and fighting the Aztecs, a playable faction) and much, much more. This game is going to ROCK!