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The eXplorminate Podcast brings you great content about 4X, strategy, and tactics games. We feature news, reviews, discussion of gameplay mechanics, and interviews with the genres top developers. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/explorminate/support

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The eXplorminate Podcast brings you great content about 4X, strategy, and tactics games. We feature news, reviews, discussion of gameplay mechanics, and interviews with the genres top developers. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/explorminate/support

    The 4Xchange #2: A Frankenstein 4X

    The 4Xchange #2: A Frankenstein 4X

    This 4Xchange podcast thing is already seeing a total revamp of its format. Instead of just news, each week we'll have a topic that we dive deep in to. First up, the boys discuss how'd they'd create the perfect 4X and soon realize how in over their heads they truly are.

    Recent 4X news items:



    Stellaris Federations is out. Met with mostly favorable reviews on Steam. Our review was unfortunately taken down due to plagiarism.




    Imperiums: Greek Wars looking for beta testers. Inquire within.





    We featured the first-ever look at Godking: Master of the Rituals gameplay. It appears to take some influence from both Master of Magic and the Dominions series and is pretty darn promising.





    Thea 2: The Shattering received update Build 0657, which added  a bunch of new content and fixes.





    Amplitude Studios showed off Humankind’s territory claiming system in this video.





    Dominions 5 received a huge update in the form of version 5.4.1, which among many, many other things, added a new nation, new heroes, new rituals, new units, new…everything! Check it out here!




    What mechanics would we steal from other 4X games to make the “one great 4X”?





    Endless Legend’s faction asymmetry?

    Colonization’s end game?

    Alpha Centauri’s setting?

    Ascendancy’s racial active abilities?

    Sword of the Stars’ different stardrives or its random tech tree?

    Distant Worlds’ scale?



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    The 4Xchange Episode #1: A New Beginning

    The 4Xchange Episode #1: A New Beginning

    The Weekly eXchange is dead. Long live The Weekly eXchange!

    In its place is a new, non-scheduled 4X gaming podcast, "The 4Xchange". This podcast will be very similar to "The Weekly eXchange", only it will be recorded as time permits and when there's enough to discuss, instead of forced into a weekly format.


    The change to “The 4Xchange Show”: fortnightly? whenever?
    Alliance of the Sacred Suns received its "biggest update evah"
    Arcen Games released "The Spire Rises", AI War 2's first expansion, then shortly thereafter, released v2.007, titled "Speed Boost".  
    Total Warhammer 2 Major Reformation
    The Battle of Polytopia for Steam: I have a key for someone who wants to help beta test it!
    Godking: Master of Rituals announced
    Just as we expected, Warhammer 40K: Gladius - Relics of War received the much-anticipated Tau DLC this past week and then almost immediately continued their fantastic history of improving and updating the game with v1.5.1
    Astra Exodus Update
    The long-awaited AI rework dev diary for Stellaris
    Skrupel TNG
    New icy biomes in Interstellar Space Genesis' upcoming graphical overhaul


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    Weekly eXchange Episode #277: On My Own Again

    Weekly eXchange Episode #277: On My Own Again

    Join Rob as he delivers the week's 4X news, which entails much more than expected!

    This episode was brought to you by Remnants of the Precursors. Download the free public beta on April 12th, 2020 (Easter) at www.RemnantsofthePrecursors.com, or search ROTP on Reddit.

    Outline:


    AI War II: The Spire eXpansion is out!

    Warhammer 40K: Gladius - Tau DLC is out!

    Master of Magic on Steam, Along with Caster of Magic

    Stellaris “Federations” Gets a March 17th Release Date

    Driftland: The Magic Revival New DLC: Nomads

    Interstellar Space: Genesis Moltar Titan Reveal

    Age of Wonders: Planetfall “Tyrannosaurus” Update Hotfix

    Rimworld Surprise “Royalty” Expansion Released



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    Interview With Derek Paxton of Stardock

    Interview With Derek Paxton of Stardock

    Rob was lucky enough to sit down with Derek Paxton, now of Stardock, but formerly of Fall From Heaven 1/2 fame. If you're unfamiliar with Fall From Heaven, it was an incredibly detailed and well-received mod for Civilization 4 and is still considered one of the best mods for any game, ever.

    Rob and Derek talk about Derek's move into game development, the games he's worked on, and some hints at what's to come.

    This episode was brought to you by Remnants of the Precursors. Download the free public beta on April 12th, 2020 (Easter) at www.RemnantsofthePrecursors.com, or search ROTP on Reddit. 


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    Weekly eXchange Episode #276: eXploring eXpositions

    Weekly eXchange Episode #276: eXploring eXpositions

    Join Rob, Ben, and Drexy as they deliver this week's 4X and strategy news and expand a bit this week, in a test of a new, more thorough format!

    Outline:


    AI War 2 v1.332 “The Extragalactic War Nears”

    Stellaris Dev Diary #170: Performance and Other Technical Issues

    Age of Wonders: Planetfall “Tyrannosaurus Rex” Update v1.200

    Battlestar Galactica Deadlock Dev Diary #26 “Colonial Day”

    Dominus Galaxia v0.7.1.7

    Rob’s Astra Exodus Review

    Revision on Thea 2 “Wrath of the Sea” Update: It’s Free!

    What is Star Valor?



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    Weekly eXchange Episode #275: British Tyrannosaurs

    Weekly eXchange Episode #275: British Tyrannosaurs

    Rob is outnumbered in this week's episode, but that doesn't matter, because he just joins in on the fun and Rob, Drexy, and Ben all update you on games like Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Interstellar Space: Genesis, Warhammer: 40K - Gladius, and much more.

    Outline:


    Interstellar Space: Genesis Graphics Overhaul Dev Diary and eXplorminate Article

    Stellaris Dev Diary #169: Origins Q&A

    Age of Wonders: Planetfall Tyrannosaurus Rex Update

    Thea 2: Wrath of the Sea DLC Released

    Warhammer: 40K - Gladius Update

    Outscape V1.07 Released

    AI War 2 V.1328 Released “Light and Shadow”

    Sword of the Stars Remake/Redux Petition

    Fantasy General 2 Now Available in Russian

    Godhood “Newfound Shores” Beta Update

    Star Control: Origins - Earth Rising Part 4/4 Released

    Urtuk: The Desolation Now on Steam Early Access

    What is Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem?



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