Well, I didn't even see this post until recently, and only now have the time to introduce myself on it.
Obviously, my name is Ibnpatuta (not my real name, but it is fun to say). I have been playing Sins of a Solar Empire since the Christmas of the year it came out (2008, wasn't it?). In that time I have never played a single online match or even looked into doing so. In fact, I have never played an online match in any of the games I have owned, which include Skyrim, Fallout 3, Sins Trinity, Supreme Commander, Simcity 4, Spore, and Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary. I love each and every one of those games but have never seen any reason to play online with other people.
When I learned about Sins Rebellion around Thanksgiving last year, my love for Sins of a Solar Empire was revived. I started Diplomacy up and played a match as the Advent (who I never play, I love Vasari) and found out that I really suck at Sins because I was beaten by a Hard AI in less than an hour. Despite my being forced to turn the AI to Normal to win, I have a great time playing Sins on single player.
In the past few months I started to follow the forums and when I saw a post about a Rebellion retail box (I really like the boxes for my games, and all the things a boxed version entails) I decided I should post my own thoughts. A collector's edition was mentioned by Yarlen and my excitement hit a new high for Rebellion.
I started my own post for a boxed Rebellion collector's edition and Yarlen finally responded and said that there would be a collector's edition and I decided that the point of the post was done and that I would just wait for the collector's edition to be unveiled sometime soon.
I've been waiting two weeks and I'm sure I will be waiting a while longer while Stardock figures out their pricing and fixes thing in the beta. But I am fine with that. I am sure that it will be worth the wait. I will buy it when it is up for order.
So now I keep close track of the forums and even read a lot about how the beta is turning out even though I do not have it.
I love Sins of a Solar Empire more than any of my other strategy games because of its grand scale, great music, fun camera movement, cool races, and overall beauty of the graphics and presentation. Supreme Commander was a long time favorite of mine, but after Supreme Commander 2 the game did not receive any new content and also the music was not as awesome (not even close) and the camera was really hard to get in an awesome position.
I am still a sophomore in high school and so do not have a chance to play much (only on vacations) but I can still follow the progression of the game through Youtube and the forums. I really love that new trailer/intro video. Easily beats the old intro videos and the Supreme Commander Forged Alliance one. Keep up the great work, Stardock.
P.S. If any of you have read any of my other posts, they are usually very large like this one. I guess I have a lot to say. I also tend to repeat myself a little bit, especially concerning the collector's edition. It MUST happen.