Weekly eXchange #219 – Dialing It In.

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 6 Gathering Storm, At the Gates, Thea 2: The Shattering, Driftland: the Magic Revival, Warhammer 40K Gladius: Relics of War, Pax Nova, Endless Space 2, Alliance of the Sacred Sun 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. Civilization 6 update – first look – Mali and Mali gameplay and a RIP to William Morgan Sheppard – 02:18
  2. At the Gates update and a bit about Jon Shafer – 08:19
  3. Thea 2 update – 15:55
  4. Driftlands: the Magic Revival update – 20:30
  5. WH40k Gladius: RoW update – 22:23
  6. Pax Nova update – 27:00
  7. Endless Space 2 update – 30:21
  8. Alliance of the Sacred Suns update – 32:51
  9. Phoenix Point update – 38:19
  10. What is… War Party? – 40:01

Games played – 42:07

  1. World of Tanks Blitz Steam page
  2. Offworld Trading Company Steam page
  3. Thea 2: The Shattering Steam page
  4. Warhammer 40000: Gladius – Relics of War Steam page
  5. Endless Space 2 Steam page
  6. eXplorminate Twitch channel


15 thoughts on “Weekly eXchange #219 – Dialing It In.

  1. nice show as always…..even the sound :P ….thanks :)

    did anybody catch up news about predestination? last update was around october and they are in 1.0 somewhat beta some month now, should reach the finish line soon hopefully.


  2. That “infiltration” thing sounds like a nod to how the Germanic tribes actually entered the Roman Empire. They weren’t “invaders” so much as “refugees allowed to settle in exchange for military service”, or foederati.

    The Visigoths rebelled when their rations came late and they were forced to sell their children into slavery. While the Ostrogoths were ordered to sack Rome by the Emperor, though their secession from the Empire wasn’t in the original plan.

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    1. Oh no, I got on 3 times but because of the blizzard that Troy was experiencing, we had to cut it out. Assuming this weekend doesn’t present another blizzard, we’ll re-record it. Stay tuned and thanks for listening.


  3. Warcraft claims are unfair, in my opinion. Pretty much all high fantasy is based heavily on Tolkien and so will have many similarities. I do wish more game developers would explore non-Tolkien fantasy worlds, as the same old noble elves and gruff dwarves gets tiresome, but that’s another issue.

    Zerg and Tyrannid claims may be more fair, Zerg are not a hive mind though. Does the biological-nightmare civilisation idea really originate with games workshop?


    1. No doubt. I wasn’t trying to ding Blizzard, it was more about the absurdity of the whole situation. I think the alien reference to the zerg and Tyranids spawned with H. R. Geiger and probably earlier. Space Marines are from Starship Troopers by Heinlein if not before.

      For non-Tolkienesque fantasy settings one need look no further than the Thea and/or Dominions series.


  4. Nate, you didn’t miss much by not playing the Tyrranids right away — the base game update broke the Necrons in a hilarious fashion (free Rapid Rise!), which has only just now been hotfixed.

    Enjoyable listen as always, back to your usual professional sound quality after last weeks chair-related sabotage. ;)

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      1. Was a very fast preorder for me. I will happily buy all the DLC Amplitude puts up. I still love EL to no end and I think Amplitude is giving it loving care instead of milking it. Endless Space 2 is more of an occasional distraction but still fun. Of course once Planetfall hits, oh boy. Great show by the way Nate and Troy. Thanks as always.

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