Finished Beautiful Desolation today. I backed it way back in the day when it was just a Kickstarter campaign from the creators of Stasis. It's good. Better than I expected.
It feels as if it were an old-school adventure everyone always recommended I play but to which I never got around to giving a chance until now. Planescape Torment vibes, definitely. Set in a mix of science fiction and Africana.
Definitely my favourite 4X. Good article, and I can relate to the author's: "Every day I wake up in a universe that doesn't contain Alpha Centauri 2, and frankly it's a miracle I don't just go straight back to sleep."
My second favourite 4X is Call To Power. I guess I like Space in my strategies.