Initial impressions from a few hours of playtime last night:
Great job with 1) the game interface, 2) the outposts, 3) the balance of spells, 4) the monster lairs and the loot that you get from them. I like what you've done.
What needs improvement: 1) pacing too slow (fine for epic-mode, but game would be more enjoyable if city growth, research speed, etc were faster); 2) while many game concepts are wonderfully intuitive, I am unclear about what the food resource is doing and how much I even have - please clarify; 3) the AI is spamming settlements everywhere but has not yet built an outpost (worse, the monsters do not appear to be attacking any of their tiny settlements); 4) [graphic bug] sometimes the status windows disappear on me after a battle is over (which makes it hard to do things like order construction). On the whole, I am impressed at the stability of the beta v0.75.