Weekly eXchange #130 – Show Notes?

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 Galactic Civilizations 3: Crusade, Dawn of Andromeda, Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars, Stellaris, Phoenix points and much much more. As well as continued coverage for your other favorite 4X and strategy games!

Music for eXplorminate by Mangadrive

Show Notes: 

  1. Galactic Civilization 3: Crusade – Full release May 4th, Dawn of Andromeda – Full release may 4th and a pre-release update for Dawn of Andromeda – 01:52
  2. Master of Orion Conquer the Stars Patch Update – 09:25
  3. Stellaris – Adams Update – 13:00
  4. Phoenix Point – Fig campaign updates – 17:02
  5. Armello Update – Bandit Clans – 23:07
  6. eXplorminate Youtube channel videos – Stellaris (by Army Pea), Total War: Warhammer (by Dallen), Endless Space 2 and eXplorminate Twitch channel

eXplorminate Poll Results – 26:27

  1. What fantasy intellectual property would you like to see a 4X made about?
    • 41% Tolkien’s Middle-Earth
    • 32% Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire
    • 15% Jordan’s Wheel of Time
    • 5% Lewis’s Narnia
    • 4% Gorden’s Earthdawn
    • 3% Brooks’ Shannara
  2. Crusader Kings 2: A Game of Thrones (CK2:AGOT) mod page
  3. MASSIVE CHALICE Steam page

Games played – 32:25

  1. Endless Space 2 Steam page
  2. World of Tanks Blitz Steam page
  3. Bravely Default webpage


17 thoughts on “Weekly eXchange #130 – Show Notes?

  1. great show again, thanks!

    i guess we’ll hear more of phoenix point here but i’m off for watching the trailer as you realy got a point.
    julian gallop is a name for tactical games as sid meier is for strategy games.

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  2. Enjoy listening to your thoughts/game news every week. Two hopefully constructive ideas that I wanted to pass along based on listening to many shows:

    1) When talking about a game try to use the name more than once. Sometimes I get distracted during the show and lose track of what game you are talking about. Inevitably I hear some interesting fact or tidbit so suddenly I am motivated to figure out what game you are currently discussing. However, often I can’t figure it out either because there are so many similar games so I can’t be sure from the context or because the name is never mentioned again leaving me with the only one option which is to rewind the podcast to the beginning of the segment. However, if you would just use the name more frequently (instead of referring to it generically as “the game”) it would be easier on the listeners side.

    2) It might be interesting if you took a handful of selected questions from the comments section (here) and answered them on the podcast. I am not sure how many people read the comments/notes from the podcast but there have been a few times I wanted to get clarification on something or to have you expand on your opinion because I am sure if one person has a question there are dozens more who also are interested but won’t take the time to ask. It may also be a way to engage listeners more and build your audience.

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    1. Good idea, and we do that occasionally. We’ll discuss a topic of interest from the steam forums, or from past shows. Though I don’t think we’ve done that of late.

      Thanks for listening by the way.


  3. New listener here. Really enjoying your shows as it fills my 4am, 45 minute drive to work perfectly. Just wanted to say keep up the good work and thanks for helping us sift through a lot of information. It’s nice to see this new 4X renaissance but I’m a little overwhelmed at the sheer amount of choices.

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  4. To answer the question about the show notes… they can be nice (meaning I have used them) but if they require a lot of effort I would say that they are dispensable.

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  5. I listen to every show for quite some time now, because you have a good thing going there. I agree that it would help to mention the discussed games a little more often.

    One minor issue: For me (!) the music at the end is much too long. I usually listen to several podcasts in a row and it is always a hassle to get out my smartphone from some pocket or bag to skip this 3 minutes at the end.

    Concerning the notes: Most important for me is the description which comes with the podcast, especially the name of the games you discuss. I don’t need links in general, but I would appreciate “hard to find” links, eg the cool Stellaris modder you mentioned this week.


  6. Just my feedback on the Show notes , I use them religiously and in some cases when I don’t have time to listen to the whole podcast have a quick look at the show notes to see anything that I might have missed.

    So if creating the links to the show-notes is time consuming perhaps one line summaries of the topics (links not required) would maybe be an acceptable middle ground?


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