Weekly eXchange #101 – Spacey Space Show!

Join Nate and Troy as they bring you all the important information on all of your favorite 4X and strategy games! This week they talk about Civilization VI, Endless Space 2, Stellaris, Stars in Shadow, Dawn of Andromeda and much much more. As well as continued coverage for your other favorite 4X and strategy games!

Music for eXplorminate by Mangadrive


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  1. I’m in the same boat with Thea. Maybe worse. Not only do I never ever risk children (or trade adults to the orcs), I started playing when the only setting was hardcore with perma death, so I still play that way. This means that I never make choices that I don’t trust, because I could lose an entire game to an unexpected outcome.

    For example, in the cosmic tree quest I learned early on that if you agree to kill the Leshy’s brother, then talk to the brother instead of attack, he’ll give you 30 ancient wood and some items to convince the Leshy that he’s dead. Then you have to win a social challenge against a Leshy, 4 pineconettes, and a bunch of wolves who act as ablative armor for the heavy hitters.

    I have literally no idea what other outcomes are available. None at all. I won’t kill the brother because he didn’t do anything to justify it, and I’m afraid to lose fifty to a hundred turns of gameplay because I accidentally talk myself into a five star fight or something in the early game.

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  2. The Stars in Shadow had multiple biomes per planet for a long while (I can speak for about a year), they’ve just added more (which is good and fun, but rather minor from the coding prospective). Putting multiple species on a planet to tweak it’s (effective) size and production has been a big part of the gameplay, now (with morale and food tweaks) it’s even more interesting.
    I can (temporary) volunteer to do some SiS fact checking if you don’t have time to do it yourself (and actually care for the fact checking). Just saying.
    The same goes for your SiS let’s play. It’s better than the preview, but still contains a lot of factual errors. It doesn’t seem that a lot of “homework” was done. This is arguable, but I personally don’t like an (intentional) mediocrity.


    • What a stupid post.

      Yeah, Explorminate “intentionally” got something wrong because that would be the best way for them to get more people to come to the site and improve their reputation. Next time you want to point out their errors, do it in professional manner and keep the snide comments to yourself.

      We all make mistakes…even you with your atrocious grammar.

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      • The “homework” takes time, a lot of it. The SiS is obviously not the Mark’s number one favorite game, and he has a lot of other things to do. Now there is a very intentional choice: do the let’s play without the proper homework or don’t do it. It’s arguable, but I think that there are always enough people to do things “so-so”, so you usually cant say “I had to do it because no one else would”.
        What is the “professional manner” about? Which profession? Journalist? No one is a professional journalist here. Or is it?
        I think my grammar is fine for someone who never actually studied the English grammar. I wouldn’t write an article, but these are just comments.


      • Two examples…

        “I can (temporary) volunteer to do some SiS fact checking if you don’t have time to do it yourself (and actually care for the fact checking). Just saying.”

        You’re just trying to be a jerk about it. Why even write this? Why not just point out the mistakes and move on?

        “This is arguable, but I personally don’t like an (intentional) mediocrity.”
        How do you know they were intentionally being mediocre? Where’s your proof? Again, why even say this especially since there really is no such thing as an “intentional mediocrity.” However you can be intentionally mediocre which is what I’m assuming you were trying to say. Either way, it’s an insult.

        I happen to really like Mark’s Let’s Plays and I’m not sure I’ve ever heard him ever say he knows EVERYTHING there is to know about the game he’s playing. He’s giving us a look at the game and letting us decide whether we’d be interested in it or not. I’m sure he probably would appreciate any criticism you have if it was done in the right way. Insulting his work makes it less likely he will care about your opinion.

        And unfortunately for you, I’ve been a professional journalist for over 30 years but that has nothing to do with being “professional.” Trying responding in a more mature manner and then you’ll know what being “professional” is.



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