I d/l'd the demo & have been playing the game with much vigor. My kids want purchase the bundled pack of SoaSE & Entrenchment for me for my birthday soon but I want to make sure they are spending their money wisely so I ask the fans this question...
This is the first time I've ever read or even heard of children purchasing a (real) computer game for their parents. I guess it shows just how far computer gaming has come.
What is the future of this game? Are there any new expansions on the horizon for this game?
There will be one more expansion, Diplomacy, which will probably be good for people who play the game in single player. There will not be any more expansions after that, at least not "micro-expansions". However, there is speculation that they might produce a Sins-2.
What about single player add-on maps?
There are user-made custom maps, however not all of them will run with the most recent version of Sins. Everytime the developers did a major patch update, the maps made for previous versions of the game became incompatible with the latest update and needed to be updated themselves. However, there are a number of custom maps and mods that will work with the most recent update.
Do you know how to find your Sins Application Data folder? See http://TinyURL.com/Sins5 There is also a map pack that contains an auto-installer if you can't find your folder, it is here: http://TinyURL.com/Sins6
I don't enjoy playing online via multiplayer due to the fact that there are too many powerful players out there that will tear me to shreds for their own amusement. Therefore I stick to single player mode.
Fair enough, but you might consider playing it online to play "comp stomps"--people v. AI games, such as 3 guys playing against 7 AIs. Once you feel much more comfortable with the game and begin to tire of the AI, you might consider trying it against human opponents by looking for new player games. There are still newer players out there. You could host a game titled "new players only" or some such and I think the pros would honor that. Your best bet would be to play Regular Sins with Normal speed settings (which helps keep the Pros out) on the weekends during the North American afternoon and early evening. You could also put together a group of newer players and have a private game, perhaps people you would have met playing in the online comp stomps. Don't let the pros keep you off the playground.
Also, when you go to purchase it, I suggest checking the prices at GoGamer.com. There's a Game of the Year Edition which you can probably get for $18 + shipping and if you have an interest in Galactic Civilizations II, GoGamer recently had a sale for a compilation pack that included both Sins and GalCivII.
Sins + GalCivII complete for $35 + shipping