Weekly eXchange #228 – Phoenix Fiasco!!!

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, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Galactic Civilizations 3, Sins of a Solar Empire and much much more. As well as continued coverage for your other favorite 4X and … Continue reading Weekly eXchange #228 – Phoenix Fiasco!!!

Weekly eXchange #214 – Epic Steam BATTLE Round 1!

Join Nate, Troy and Joshua, as they bring you all the important information on all of your favorite 4X and strategy games! This week they talk about Empires in Ruins, Civilization 6, 10 Crowns, At the Gates, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Wh40K Gladius: Relics of War, Endless Space 2, Stellaris, M.O.R.E and much much more. As well … Continue reading Weekly eXchange #214 – Epic Steam BATTLE Round 1!

What the 4X Genre Can Learn from War Games: an eXposition

I have a confession to make: the “4X Renaissance” has felt more like the dark ages to me.. Whether it’s the feature creep, strange design decisions, or age old problems that continue to plague the genre, I’ve had a hard time getting into most of the big, recent releases. And I don’t think I am … Continue reading What the 4X Genre Can Learn from War Games: an eXposition

The XX Show #12 – Top 12 4X Games of All Time.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to discuss the top 12 4X games of all time as of July 1st 2018. So, what qualifies for Greatest of all Time, aka the 4X GoaT, many things, but the game needs to not only stand the test of time, but must truly introduce multiple mechanics (new or polished). … Continue reading The XX Show #12 – Top 12 4X Games of All Time.

Sub-Genres & 4X Design: Post-Apocalyptic Settings

In several previous articles and podcasts (such as Theme, Future Development part 1, and MoO-itis) I have advocated for 4X developers to branch out into genres other than Space and Fantasy. I feel I made my case fairly well in those entries, but what I didn’t do was give much guidance on what those other … Continue reading Sub-Genres & 4X Design: Post-Apocalyptic Settings

The XX Show #9 – The MTX/DLC/Lootbox Dilemma…

Join Nate and Troy as they discuss the state of Microtransactions, DLC, and the Loot Box potential in 4X and Strategy games. Should we care? Can anything be done? Is this even a problem? Come and listen to what we think. eXplorminate Music by MangaDrive Show notes: Pc-gamer article talking about Take 2 - 01:51 … Continue reading The XX Show #9 – The MTX/DLC/Lootbox Dilemma…

My Visit To Stardock Studios ’17

It was mid-October when I pulled up to an unassuming two story, suburban office building, not entirely sure what to expect. Today was the day for eXplorminate to venture into “meatspace.” Thanks to a series of fortunate coincidences, I had the distinct pleasure of paying Stardock’s Michigan-based office a house call. Company head Brad Wardell, … Continue reading My Visit To Stardock Studios ’17