Today I received the German version CE of GalCiv2. After installing and briefly running it (ran just fine), I went to the Stardock site, registered my copy, downloaded the Stardock Central and then downloaded the latest patch that was displayed. After its successful installation, the start menu of the game was now in English (wouldn't be a problem), but after clicking "play game", the software now crashes right after the intro (the German intro didn't have any music or speech, my updated version now does). It just says that a bug was encountered and that the application must be closed.
So, what am I to do? The manual refers to the GalCiv2.com site. There is no official German site and thus no patch that is dedicated to the German version of the game. My guess is that every buyer of the German version will do exactly the same as I did (it was just released today, on the 23rd).
I know, I should simply have bought the English version and save myself any such trouble, but well, hindsight ... I'm now sitting here on a CE that I apparently have to uninstall, reinstall, and play in the previous, allgededly slightly buggy version. Not to mention that I am on ISDN (little better than dial-up) and spent the afternoon downloading (and paying for for it) nearly 80 MB for nothing.