^ Yeah, it has been a while, hasn't it? Good to see you are still around.
You're defiantely right; after playing for a while today I feel I've grasped the battles pretty well, and I've gotten to chapter 4 now. I know what you mean about the espers; I was confused about the same thing too.
But the thing I still don't know is... what determines the character and Esper matchups at the beginning of battle? It seems perhaps melee character get matched with melee Espers, and ranged characters with ranged espers, etc.
But, in assuming that's true... let's say you aren't using a ranged esper at the moment... what kind of esper would be assigned to a ranged character in it's place?
Not that big of a deal I suppose, but it sure does make me curious.
And about the character section on the official site... Indeed, I wonder why there aren't other characters up there like Ashe and Basch. And as much as I want to see Ashe and Basch up there, where is Kytes and Filo? They seem to be more important/have more screentime than Balthier and Fran at the moment, and even they aren't there... strange. Hmm... I suppose all these things will be added in time.
, that's unfortunate what happened to your DS... I hope you're able to fix it.