Had a Dbmm playtest with Stephen Brittain (cut short unfortunately due circumstances)
Stephen used Arab Conquest vs my Maurikian Byzantines (a nice historical confrontation)
Terrain set-up and deployment was handled smoothly (including my Scouts dieing on a 1 !) both of us commented on how compact the armies and battlefield seemed compared to Dbm. The new Pip costs/system took some reading in particular moving opossing groups into contact. The 'formation dancing' aspect of Dbm seems reduced (much to my liking). Cavlary (S) seem to troop of choice (back to early Dbm days) and Stephen is convinced that Spear are a useless type (I agree somewhat but neither of us used any spear today) Blade appear to be the best foot (a big improvement for Roman armies).
Not enough time playing to gerner much more than cursory inspection but it seems we like a lot of Dbmm stuff but remain bit unconvinced by others. They will take some getting used to.