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It is a very nice game that allows you to take your time building an empire of several dozens of planets. An economic, cultural and diplomatic side that can be interesting for any player who is not a fan of the fight. But for me the big point comes from the community and especially "modders", I really advice this game to all those who love fighting space!

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While the claimed free games every two weeks is interesting (not sure how long that's going to last and I have doubts most of these free games will actually be good in the long run and/or won't be used to entice people into microtransactions or payed DLCs). I'm kind of wary of the Epic Games Store as a competitor to Steam. Aside from the issue of yet another launcher for yet another service/store and that they don't have the same large selection Steam does currently, people have been reporting they have a rather convoluted refund policy that requires very specific information to get a refund for any game you buy. They claim they're going to fix this, but it is not a good start if they want to compete with Steam.

The store's privacy policy is questionable as well and apparently doesn't comply with the GDPR.

Giving developers a better cut is all well and good, but it doesn't mean much if the store's customer service and policies are crap and people don't want to use it because of that or if it's illegal in countries they're selling in.
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Author with bigass selection of published mostly SF books? :p
Chris Nutall, a British scifi/fantasy author whose peculiarity is that he posts all his new books on SB freely while writing them, for beta-reading and suggestions, then removes them to put them on sale. I find the Ark Royal series the most interesting, because beyond the Harrington/Wing Commander space opera feeling, he built up a fascinating world and treats it in a good way. Imagine a world where the nationalists won, where people like Farage, Le Pen, Trump and such all got their way, because they were proven right. A century of ‘Troubles’ led to ethnostates becoming the norm once again and immigration ending completely, even between Western States. The world is akin to Victoria II in space, where the Great Powers are equal and explicitely above all other ‘civilized nations’, while a lot of countries collapsed during the ‘Troubles’.

But the interesting thing is that... he doesn’t shows such a world as an utopia or a distopia. Some things are fucked up, and recognized in-universe as such, like a Royal Navy captain who faced tons of social - but not legal - discrimination since her youth for being black, even though her family has been British since like the 19th century. But it’s not the caricatural distopia either, it’s kinda working, and neither people nor nations claim to be perfect.

The glimpses of this oh so NOT united Earth, where a First Contact War just gets the Great Powers to make a temporary alliance before going back to the Great Game, are IMO fascinating because of this: their treatment is factual rather than politicized with our modern viewpoint, whatever said viewpoint is. It is a world that feels wrong, but not one that is a caricature. Just for this, it’s a good read, as it avoids the pitfall in which fall so many other authors.

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