Radient Dawn is more of a tactical game than an RPG. Yes there are RPG elements (char developement, and a story line) but the meat and potatoes of the game is more tactical than role playing.
You have an ever growing cast of characters to use in battles. You don't create your own char, nor do you play as just one char. You control the groups of characters in battles. In "town" all you do is watch a few conversations, restock, sell unwanted equip, and move skills (and bonus exp) around. Then your back into the battles.