Weekly eXchange #227 – More Net Neutrality Needed.

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, Driftland: the Magic Revival, Endless Legend, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Stellaris, Endless Space 2, Crusader Kings 2, Europa Universalis 4, Northgard, Aggressors: Ancient Rome 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 – 01:43
  2. Driftland: The Magic Revival update – 03:52
  3. Endless Legend update – 06:58
  4. Age of Wonders: Planetfall update – 10:05
  5. Stellaris update and 2.2.5 patch released + 2.2.6 beta available – 14:24
  6. Endless Space 2 update – 17:42
  7. Starpoint Gemini 3 update – 20:10
  8. Battlestar Galactica Deadlock update – 22:58
  9. Diablo Now Available on GOG.COM + Warcraft 1 & 2 incoming! – 25:11
  10. What is… Neverdark – 28:23
  11. What is… Siege of Centauri – 31:02
  12. Net neutrality update – 32:33

Games we are playing / Things we are doing – 35:05

  1. Offworld Trading Company Steam page
  2. World of Tanks Blitz Steam page
  3. Games expecting future treatment from the eXplorminate team…


11 thoughts on “Weekly eXchange #227 – More Net Neutrality Needed.

  1. thanks for another great show.

    @Nate: hope your kids get well soon. best wishes.
    currently have one of my kids (as i write this) in the hospital. he fell unhappy on his arm and had great pain. checking if something is broken….finger crossing that it’s just blue spot (is that correct english??) and that’s it.

    good news about the audio version of the book, main question was if it’s getting a german translation :)
    i’m ok with english in games but don’t know if it’s enough to follow a book or audio-story.


  2. I don’t agree that Paradox forces you to spend more and more money. Yes their games grow DLC like cancer and to make sense of all the changes you need to keep up with the Dev Diarrhea, but you *don’t have to buy any of it*. You just don’t. Simply sticking with a version of the game that you know is definitely a valid choice, but it’s one that a lot of people don’t even seem to consider.

    Rationally speaking it all comes down to the amount of money you pay versus the amount of enjoyment you get out of that money, though the latter is hard to quantify. People bitch about the total cost of a Paradox game plus all its DLC, but when you then divide that cost on the amount of hours they have in the game you often arrive at a better price/performance ratio than a 20 hour game bought at full price. Or, for that matter, visiting a theater to see a movie.


  3. to pick up the topic from BTAxis: i bought all DLC for stellaris. the first for regular prices, the later for some discount as i waited for some patches before buying.

    so i’m sure i spend a good amount of money for stellaris.
    i’m often dissapointed and sometimes even mad about their state of the game.

    checking my steam account it currently massed up 1388 hours playtime.
    most of that time i realy enjoyed.

    so i guess all points from the different players are valid, but on the other hand nobody should think his point is the only valid. and you don’t need the new stuff, it’s your decision if you want to alter your game.
    and as a bonus paradox games also have a huge mod-community that brings alot of alternatives to the games.

    there are extremes to both ends (pro and contra stellaris) but it’s hard to quantify “fun” when you have a clear list of negative things (like bugs and broken features).

    what’s the saying that nate often uses: to each their own …or so.


  4. DLC. I also can’t stand the constant changes some DLC adds to a game. I do not like having to relearn a game when I go back to play it. Sometimes I feel like I buy MOO and come back to it next year and it is MOO3. The constant changes have caused me to wait to buy when in the past things would have been an instant buy. Sometimes I wait years when it is cheap and development has stopped. And by that time I may have completely forgotten about the game.

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  5. I tend to go one of two ways with DLC:

    1. Avoid buying anything until all the DLC is out and the game is “done” and pick up the package at a heavy discount (if, like Lothar, I still remember it even exists), or

    2. Compulsively buy most/all DLC and try to keep up with the changes, knowing that the devs are going to do most of the development and testing with full DLC and that the “base” game without DLCs is likely to be an untested, unbalanced, buggy mess.

    I find that I am having less and less time and energy for the latter. This is actually working out pretty well, in that I am spending less money, buying fewer games, and having more time to play finished, polished games that don’t frustrate me with frequent changes and bugginess.

    I am very interested to hear the eXplorminate take on the latest Phoenix Point news.. but I suppose I shall have to wait until next week for that.



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