This is a HUGE post and i apologize from the beginning, but i need to put all of this out of my chest.
I’m a fan of the game, i really enjoy it, and i support Warhorse Studios to keep growing and making the best RPGs in the future and had some fun playing From the Ashes, but my frustration exceed the fun and the money i paid for this DLC that feels like a stab in the back of the fans, and i’m not the only one who feels the same…
There is much room for improvement in From the Ashes, because in the current state this DLC is a wasted opportunity and a waste of money for us players to buy.
If this DLC was really a well made house/financial management system we would need more buildings and services like a Tailor, Armorsmith, Swordsmith, Butcher, Bakery, a Bath house and Stables all together, with no limitations, each one having his own issues for us, as Bailif (or vassal of Sir Divish) to manage the best course of action. If you have the money, why you are so limited and can’t build everything in the DLC and some more necessary buildings that the Devs do not implemented?
I managed to gain 2k per day and now i have more them 100k in the trunk and no place to spend this cash because i have the best weapons and the best armor already. And i did a new playthrough, i did’t start the DLC with my old save when i beat the game.
From the Ashes is a great idea with so great potential, but so wasted in a mediocre DLC that in my opinion don’t have the same value in money that i just expended on it. One exemple is the DLC from CDProjecktRED for Witcher 3, Hearts of Stone, that is way batter and has the same cost in money as From the Ashes.
Back to the things that Devs should been implemented, a extended garrison with fortifications such as palisades around the village, for protection against attempts of attacks from Cummans and Bandits that we will have to manage the defense, recruiting more guards and whatnot… The forests in the surroundings are crowded with Bandits and Cummans. Makes no sense that this village in the middle of a forest in the far north to be so peaceful. Bethesda Studios did a better job regarding this topic in the settlement building in Fallout 4 (and i don’t even like this game as i like KC:D).
A proper house for Henry with all needed things like furnishings, Library (a place to put the books), Alchemy laboratory, a Garden with some rare herbs and so on… Not a floor with some beds that random NPCs uses from time to time. Henry deserves his own good house.
Regarding a Bath house, that would be necessary too, because when we build something, the time it takes make us filthy as a beggar. And if you take hours training in the Combat Arena, your armor will be in rags and you will be in this “beggar” condition too.
Always after training i need to go to Rattay or Sasau to repair all of my gear because there is no Tailor in my village, so the combat zone is a complete waste, because you can train everything with Captain Bernard in Rattay, go inside the Town and repair all of your gear and take a Bath…
A extended Trader were we need to manage the selling of wood to the rest of Bohemia would give more substance to the DLC, with the need of good Stables with horses to make the deliveries. And for selling wood that we would need to bargain around the towns to make a good and prosper trade.
After i finished the DLC i don’t even care about Pribyslavitz. If i go there again will be only to pick some money in the trunk that i don’t even need anymore at this point. Definitely is not my village or base of operations. I do prefer to stay in Rattay, sleeping with the pigs, because there i have all services i need.
In the current state of “From the Ashes” i do not recommend anyone to buy this DLC, is a waste of money and with this quality of content that WH put to sell for the fans and players of the game, they will loose them.
As for me, i will only buy anything from Warhorse Studios when i’m sure that i will not throw my money of the window.
Make a good product WH, or if you can’t, then is better to do nothing and continue to work in patches to fix the base game that is not finished yet.
EDIT: I made some alterations in the original post because i feel it will be more consistent if i did so.