The pdf version of the Gold manual replaced that of the original one at DA's release, so if you want to give it a look, just hit the Manual button in the launcher. As to getting a paper copy should you want one, you'd need to contact email@example.com about that. It'd probably be easiest to just get the whole box, but I couldn't say if you'd be able to cut a deal on that since you already own the game.
I'll look for the PDF when I get home, and if it is indeed better (more detailed) and not 500 pages, I'll print it out for myself... Thanx
GC2 doesn't readily lend itself to a one-size-fits-all strategy guide ala Prima or Bradley, for a variety of reasons; it's always changing with updates, for one--a strategy for the base game may be obsoleted by the second patch, as happened to super-high population planet strategies.
I understand, but I wasn't looking for a "walkthru" type of strategy guide, more of a here's everything that's in the game and how it works kind of guide. Such as tech trees, a much more thorough explanation of the game economy (preferably in simple terms I could understand), ship components, etc... I realize with TA coming out, this would be darn near impossible especially given the new race specific technologies and ships now, but I'd still pay for one.
And even though there's a wide range of strategies possible, it'd still be good to see (hard copy, so I can read it in the "reading room" or have an open copy next to the computer while playing) a series of best practices.
Forgive me for metnitoning the other "Civ" game, but ever see the manual for Civilization III or IV? Now that's what I'm looking for.
Ok, not exactly that, but I hope you know what I mean.