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Weekly eXchange #148 – Winners And Losers!

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 Thea 2, Driftland, Stars in Shadow, Stellar Monarch, Stellaris, Galaxial and much much more. As well as continued coverage for your other favorite 4X and strategy games!

Music for eXplorminate by Mangadrive

Show Notes: Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us, Happy 3rd Birthday eXplorminate, Happy Birthday to us!

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  1. I’d like to ask all those people complaining about never-ending dlc what they’d choose if they had to choose between continued dlc releases for their favorite games or no new content at all. Obviously we’d all like more FREE new content, but if the developers/publishers aren’t willing to do that, at least after the sales of the base game slow down, would most people really prefer just to have that game “end” so that they can go on to the next new thing?

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  2. Nice show – always good to hear the news about 4X. Couple questions:

    What about the other entries in the previous poll? You really only discussed the poor AI and never ending DLC entries. What were your picks when you set up the poll? Were there any surprises? No other comments on that?

    And 4X games with nice multiplayer setups so that you can play at your leisure are… can you guess it? Dominions 4!! You can either play by emailing or even better use the llamaserver where all the players can submit their turns and get notifications when new turns are available (indeed playing multiplayer in real time while possible is less than ideal.) Also, in the context of the poll discussion, Dominions 4 followed the old school approach of releasing a game and releasing dozens of updates including major content releases all for FREE. Suck it DLC. Again, IMO, if you want to help steer the devs in a certain directions you absolutely have to heap praise on the games that do the topic in question in a entertaining/insightful way and chastise the games the do things wrong (even if you like the game otherwise).

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    • I try to stay neutral when it comes to the polls. We tend to focus on the top few when discussing the poll results or things that surprise us. Very true with Dominions 4. We certainly appreciate and respect the game and its developers.

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      • Neutral? Is this WWII and you are Switzerland? So you (by which I mean Rob and yourself Nate on the Weekly Exchange) have definitely discussed the polls in greater detail and discussed your surprise at what the community has said which can be fun to listen to. That said, it was a long show still… I was surprised you had no thoughts on the other entries.

        Just to elaborate, I think people listen to your show because it provides news and commentary that is often insightful because you have played a wide range of games and have a love of the genera. I think your listeners want to hear what you have to say. So while I can understand not wanting to bias the outcome of a highly scientific *cough cough* online poll, I think that your opinions and thoughts after the poll is complete are fair game. So I take it that you didn’t have any particular opinion about the poll? What would you have chosen?

        I personally picked repetitive play because it often seems that there is a “winning” formula to most games which is quickly arrived at. What I want is a new challenge every game. Now some things (like poor AI) may lead to repetitive play because why try new things when strategy X almost always works.

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      • No doubt, but when a show runs so long because of news items alone, it makes deciding the topics we discuss at length more difficult. On shorter shows, I will be sure to re-examine the poll. Promise.

        As far as Dominions 4, I have said it before and I will repeat it again, I can appreciate how good of a game it is without playing it because I know plenty of people that play it and they constantly tell me how good it is. Like Distant Worlds: Universe, I am turned off by the UI and graphics. I’ve played games for more than 30+ now, and I just can’t go back to playing games that feel like they came out in 1987 anymore. Even if they are mechanically amazing. I have never hidden this fact about my gaming preferences. But if a game is pretty but plays like crap, I point that out too. I don’t let me fanboy-ism cloud my judgement (much :D ).

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