Mount & Blade is great fun, get the FREE Demo
You get 6 slots to play a mission ,which allows you to play for one game Month, at which point the game tempory Locks encouraging to purchase the game to go on.
You can then ,play another slot , delete and restart , or buy the game and open continuing onward.
You start the game with a Leader Character, you hire your forces from either hiring peasants from town or enter cities and hire Mercenaries. You can also at the taverns in cities hire Followers who stats develope as does your main character.
There lots of Fun to be had !!
there tons of info available , mods that can also be played.
Personaly i played the Free Demo over several times and enjoyed it so much i bought the Game when i saw it in store and being older, it was such a low price I could not resist. I am holding off on loading the game onto my New Computer then I likely shut the world out for few days and reveal in it Glory.
Solo is an option , or you may choose to join one of the factions in game.
For those that love Trade, there great opertunities there too, while not necessary to be involved in Trade if your pure combat minded.
There is a Prisoner segment to the game which is a interesting angle.
I highly recommend you take some time to read the forums on game play as you will enrich your game play immensly and shorten the Learning curve while enlighten yourself to many side themes within the game.
If your a jump ride in type , hack and slash type the games open to this approach too.
Highly recommend this Game as a filler for anyone especially stuck wait for the next release, cause its FREE Demo and loads of fun !!!!