Weekly eXchange #221 – Discord?

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, At the Gates, Thea 2: the Shattering, Driftland: the Magic Revival, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Endless Legend, Endless Space 2, Alliance of the Sacred Suns, Stellaris, Total War: Warhammer 2 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 Ottomans and Civilization VI: Gathering Storm – Ottomans Gameplay Premiere (Dev Livestream) – 02:19
  2. At the Gates update – 07:34
  3. Thea 2 update and Build 0357 – 25th Jan – 11:29
  4. Driftland: the Magic Revival update – 16:46
  5. Age of Wonders: Planetfall update – 19:05

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  6. Endless Legend update – Symbiosis and The Mykara – Creeping Presence – 20:46
  7. Amplitude Studios update – Endless Day – 23:16
  8. Endless Space update – 24:25
  9. Alliance of the Sacred Suns update – 27:43
  10. Stellaris update – 34:40
  11. Total War: Warhammer 2 update – 37:07
  12. Pillars of Eternity 2 update – 38:09
  13. Xenonauts 2 update – 39:13
  14. Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2 update – 39:52
  15. What is Here Be Dragons? – 40:59
  16. Steam updated the DLC storefront and Valve Outlines Its Plans For Steam In 2019 – 41:58
  17. YouTube can suck my Donkey – 45:28

Games played – 47:33

  1. World of Tanks Blitz Steam page
  2. Thea 2: The Shattering Steam page
  3. Endless Legend Steam page
  4. Endless Space 2 Steam page
  5. Thea: The Awakening Nintendo Switch page


19 thoughts on “Weekly eXchange #221 – Discord?

    1. The Patrician nodded.

      ‘I shall deal with the matter momentarily,’ he said. It was a good word. It always made people hesitate. They were never quite sure whether he meant he’d deal with it now, or just deal with it briefly. And no one ever dared ask.

      – Guards! Guards!


  1. thanks for another great show…..even the sound this time :)

    @Nate: your problem is that you still live in the past. you have to realize that all the companys know what you want and what you like or what interests you might have much better than you.

    (didn’t know how to set sarcasm and irony markers so you’ll have to figure it out for yourself)

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  2. Okay Nate, I think everyone agrees ads are annoying and we don’t want to see them. Now how about the other side of the coin? Ads bring in the money that keep large chunks of the Internet going. So it’s great that you run your adblockers (I do too), and it’s fine that you rant about it, but how then do you propose to fund the Internet? Let’s assume Patreon is not a suitable solution for everybody. Your time starts now. Go.


    1. Well, the way ads run on YouTube (as an example) don’t make sense. Google (who owns YouTube) has access to my e-mail, and practically everything. They keep telling me how they are tailoring the Ads based on what I like and don’t like. Fine. Except, 1/100 ads that are shown to me are relevant. 1. The rest are downright offensive. So, if they fix that, I’ll consider toning down my adblocking, but as it is now, I am tightening my adblocking settings, and I am using sites that force feed me ads less and less. But to be honest with you? The net is NOT free. Not in its modern iteration. Never will be. We are the product. They sell us and our habits to retailers all. Day. Long. In trade, we get what? Free porn? Pass. I’ll go and buy mine.


      1. I dont use adblock software because I want content creators to benefit from my views.
        I’m completely indifferent to ads; 99% of them are irrelevant to me; I just ignore them.


      2. @siddha – I use my PS3/4 for a lot of YouTube content, so ads run there. But on my iPad and pc? Adblock is on and fully engaged all the time, 100% of the time.

        Think about it, we have an ad-free website. We don’t do sponsored content. None of it. Why? It makes our message clear and we hope it shows that our write-ups and other produced content are not “bought and paid for”. That’s why our patrons are so important to us.


      3. Well I dont mind if you have some ad banners on the webpage; I would click on now and again.
        And I dont think it would mean you had sold out


    2. Actual advertising person here: I think the way that we create/disseminate/consume advertising will need to evolve significantly in the next decade. The way that all of us consume media (not just the internet) has changed and advertising needs to evolve with it. More integrated presentation of products (think of the way they work product promotion into cooking shows, for example) and less “we interrupt this program to bring you and important message” is going to be key.

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    3. Annoyance isn’t the only issue. The security of my computers is more important to me than the AD revenue of any website. I don’t have the time to clean up after users who are click happy or get infected simply by visiting a site. If web sites were responsible in what they served they wouldn’t have to worry about blockers.

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      1. I don’t think that’s realistic. A lot of websites are responsible in what they serve, but SOME are not. So people will protect themselves against that portion, which means all sites are affected. It is unreasonable to expect a different outcome, because cybercrime is a thing and is not going to go away.


  3. First off the sound was perfect this week. Then again I am not picky. Forgot to send prayers to Troy last week, however hope the rest of 2019 goes better for you.

    I keep hoping that with all the pressure on Steam that they will start doing better however seems they still don’t have a clue. That said with over 2200 games in my Steam library I don’t see me abandoning it anytime soon sadly.

    Haven’t had the chance to try out the latest EL and ES2 expansions yet though I have them. Amplitude remains the developer that I order DLC from without any research and they haven’t let me down yet.


  4. Sound quality was perfect this week, no complaints! And Nate finally got those rants off his chest, too. :)

    I think a little pressure on Steam isn’t a bad thing. Maybe they’ll start taking some of that 30% cut and actually curating their store a little…

    Been perusing the EL forums lately and *so* jazzed to see NGD responding to hard work done by community members ferreting out obscure bugs in some of the XML and C# with posts like “This is awesome stuff! I’m not sure when it will make it into a public build yet, but it’ll get there.”

    It’s a great feedback loop, where Amplitude / NGD respond positively to the community and the community help make their fantastic games even better.

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  5. Steam needs improvement, but I’ve been pretty happy with their filtering genres. Although classifying things into genres isn’t perfect, there are so many genres and they can be a bit ill-defined. Under Store Content Preferences, you can choose up to 10 genres to exclude and they won’t even show up in search results. I definitely haven’t seen those show up in home screen, although they may show up in those launch ads. You can also filter your discovery queue and it’s much less aggressive, but generally seems to block those genres from your headlines on the home page, I’m not entirely sure.

    But yes, I don’t get FPS on Steam showing up much at all.

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  6. As someone who maintains a books forum dealing with a lot of genres, I can tell you that it is definitely not an easy thing to always clearly define titles as belonging to one genre or another. So many authors these days are writing titles that can easily have several genres attributed to them, and it’s not uncommon for me to have to just make a “best guess” when trying to decide exactly how to classify some titles, especially if I haven’t personally read/listened to them. Don’t imagine it’s much easier, if any easier, when it comes to games; and if you’re using an automated system to do it… forget about it.

    P.S. Happy you guys got the sound issues sorted out! ;)

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