From: Washington, DC
I actually first bought TOAW probably in 2001 or 2002, and then bought another version or two, and then TOAW III, and now TOAW IV. Until TOAW IV, however, I spent very little time with the game because I hated the interface. And I understand that many of the old guard are gone. I see a fair number of new people pop in with various questions, but not many seem to stick around.
TOAW is an opaque, aging game engine which as a lot of very cool and unique features, but is not easy to pick up, especially when the dev seems happy that the manual has remained unchanged in 20 years and new players have no idea how things worked twenty years ago... Meanwhile, there seems to be some kind of development going on, but other than the command feature we've been discussing so much, there is absolutely no news about current priorities, timing, etc. It's as if they are trying to smother the game for some reason.