This is a great AAR!
Even though I haven't yet picked up CK (a blight I hope to rectify soon!), I am enjoying this immensely AlexanderPrimus.
It has the perfect blend of gameplay and narrative, which for me is crucial. Too much of either, and I tend to loose interest.
Pacing is good, a little faster would be ok if you're comfortable with it. But it's working well I would say, as each update, even if the duration covered it short, advances the story/game appreciably. And each update isn't so long that it is hard to get through. So thumbs I say!