Stars In Shadow Review

In the Shadow of Orion The original Master of Orion, published by MicroProse waaaaaaay back in 1993, is undoubtedly a classic. I know that’s like spouting “the sky is blue” or “water is wet” around these parts. MoO1 spawned a great sequel and an arguably not-so-great sequel to that sequel. Although MoO didn’t officially create … Continue reading Stars In Shadow Review

2016 End of Year Statistical eXamination Part 1

About a year ago, I wrote a piece that brought together data from SteamSpy and Steamcharts to do an analysis of 4X games launched in 2015. At the time, I didn’t know what to expect from an examination of such data, but in the 12 months since that article was published, I have found myself … Continue reading 2016 End of Year Statistical eXamination Part 1

A Question (Or Three) Of Strategy

I sat down for my first session of Blizzard’s MOBA Heroes of the Storm. I’d watched some Let’s Plays and completed the tutorial. I’d read up on my hero of choice and studied the game mechanics and map objectives. Then, the match started. The gates opened… I realized I had no idea what to do. … Continue reading A Question (Or Three) Of Strategy

eXplorminate’s Staff Picks for 2015

Greetings and Salutations, dear reader. Another year is quickly coming to an end and we’d like to share with you some of the games that we enjoyed in 2015 and why. Our eXpansion and Game of the Year write-ups will follow shortly. So, pull up a chair, get your drink of choice and enjoy.   … Continue reading eXplorminate’s Staff Picks for 2015

Strategic eXpanse #21: The 4th X

Join Rob, Nate, Troy and Dallin as they discuss the 4th X, eXtermination, and provide examples of games that both do it well and leave much to be desired. We also discuss ideas that we'd like to see developers consider in future games. Show Notes: What is a 4X Game? Civilization: Beyond Earth Rising Tide … Continue reading Strategic eXpanse #21: The 4th X

The 4X DLC Crutch: An eXposition

Back in the good ol’ days, one could would walk into a store, find a game, purchase it, go home, and immediately get the full experience. However, today’s games receive all kinds of additions, patches and DLC (Downloadable Content) post-release. Gamers benefit from the continued support, but they also have to shell out repeatedly to … Continue reading The 4X DLC Crutch: An eXposition

WeX #39 – Endless Excitement!

Rob and Nate have a lot to discuss as they missed last week due to work obligations. This week we talk about the Endless Space 2 announcement, Endless Legend: Shadows, Worlds of Magic, Oriental Empires, and much, much more. Music by Sci-Fi Industries (Song title forthcoming). Show Notes Civilization Beyond Earth Steam Page Endless Space … Continue reading WeX #39 – Endless Excitement!