Weekly eXchange #209 – Year 5, Let’s Do This…

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: the Shattering, Civilization 6, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Interstellar Space Genesis. Dawn of Andromeda, Stellaris 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. Thea 2 update – 02:01
  2. Civilization 6 update – 03:11
  3. Age of Wonders:Planetfall update – 04:55
  4. Interstellar Space Genesis Alpha 11 update and video – 12:40
  5. Dawn of Andromeda update – 15:31
  6. Stellaris update – 17:42
  7. Total War Warhammer 2 update – 22:18
  8. Total War update – What the teams are working on? – 24:23
  9. Phoenix Point update – 28:56
  10. Xenonauts 2 update – 30:39
  11. “What is?” – section discussion – 32:44
  12. Poll results – “In which decade did you play your first 4X video game?” – 35:39

Games played – 42:11

  1. World of Tanks Blitz Steam page
  2. Space Tyrant Steam page
  3. Armello Steam page
  4. Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
  5. Red Dead Redemption 2 webpage


13 thoughts on “Weekly eXchange #209 – Year 5, Let’s Do This…

  1. I don’t think managing food in AoWP is going to be a big deal. It sounds like something you only have to deal with sporadically, and even then the number of colonies is going to be limited compared to AoW3 due to the sector system and distance constraints between colonies. A handy UI to manage it would of course be ideal but even lacking that I don’t think managing this is going to signify next to the amount of clicking you’re going to do for moving individual units anyway.

    I think “What is” does have value. I don’t always take an interest in the games you bring up – you can’t expect that – but I’ve clicked on more than one occasion.

    I have not voted in the current poll. My choice isn’t there, which is “I am utterly indifferent to Steam sales”.

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  2. about the “what is” section….i realy like it. looking forward to more of it.
    it sometimes brings up very interesting stuff you never would have looked at, of course it often enough has something you may have no interest in.
    from my point of view it’s not needed or important, but i just like the section a lot.

    thanks for another great show.

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  3. I’m wondering what 4X (!) games where playing those 99 people in the 80’s. The genre has “officially” started with Civilization and MoO. The Civilization was released in 1991, the MoO – in 1993. ;)


    1. There are a lot of games from the 80’s some people consider 4X games, but they aren’t really. They’re more like proto-4X games with 3 of the X’s and very primitive mechanics. The 4X era really began with Civ1 and didn’t get its name until MoO1. Everything that came before was the primordial soup 4X evolved out of, but they would be unrecognizable as modern 4X games. They’re more like Risk or Axis and Allies.


  4. I don’t see Ecumenopoli a further means of “playing tall”. A planet can’t have any mining, generator, or agricultural districts to be converted into an ecumenopolis, which means they’re going to need at least half a dozen agri worlds to support their population.

    After planetary reconstruction the arcology districts don’t produce any basic resources, they generate amenities, trade value, alloys, consumer goods, and unity. That’s not what you need for a one-planet empire, that’s what you need to hold a galaxy-spanning “wide” empire together.

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  5. Congrats on hitting year 5, really impressive! Keep up the great work, really enjoy everything eXplorminate offers, the podcasts, web content, youtube, and steam groups.

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  6. I do enjoy the “What Is” section, the only request I have is if you guys don’t mind saying the names of the games more often, such as once in the beginning and once when you are wrapping up the update for that game. Sometimes I lose focus and miss the names, and it would be nice not to have to rewind the podcast to catch it.

    Other than that been enjoying the podcast, keep up the good work!


  7. Congrats on year 5 guys! Enjoyable show as always.

    I like the “What Is” section, even if it doesn’t always grab me.

    @Boris, et al – yes, there were 4X games in the 80s. I played all of them I could get my hands on, mostly for my beloved C64 – Reach for the Stars and Imperium Glactum being particularly memorable. Then the Amiga came with its rich graphics and sound, and games like Warlords and Millenium ate giant amounts of my time (but hey, I was in high school, so I had time to burn).

    I’m afraid the latest poll is a pass for me as well (I pay little or no attention to steam), but keep em coming. :)



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