Wow, a lot has changed since I have been around! The site here got revamped, Ironclad/Stardock is getting ready for Rebellion, which borrows a lot of ideas from us modders, and my family has expanded by one. Yes, one of the reasons I have been gone was the creation of my latest son, Joshua. We are now a family of six. Myself, my wife, and our 4 boys. I have also been working 14+ hour days with my job, so modding from me personally has been slim. Thank God for the team, as many members, SemazRalan, Thoumsin, Makon, Scratch, and many others have been carrying more than their share of the modding weight to keep us moving forward, so my hat goes off to them!
As Semaz said, Beta 5 is out for premium users, and the regular area will be updated this week. Also, Beta 6 is already underway as we move to a release version of 2.5
Now, to address the question about "all or nothing". 7DS 3.0 will be modular. You will be able to pick and choose what you want, being planets, music, races, etc. This is a huge undertaking, but already in the making with version 2.5. 7DS 3.0 will allow more, as the Star Trek and Star Gate universes will then be able to join the 7DS family. 7DS 3.0 will also get in with Diplomacy....But...all in due time.
Thank you to ALL for all your kind words and comments. It is what keeps us going, to provide a quality "product" that all of you can enjoy.
I will also be updating the main post, so get ready for changes. More to come!