I like the new system
Once again, StarDock has listened and delivered. Players didn't like being nickled-and-dimed by DLC, so StarDock is dividing improvements to the game between regular updates and new expansions. I like how this is going. I had reservations about many of the DLC, but I loved Crusade and both v3.0 and Intrique look fantastic! It feels like StarDock is concentrating on the real meat of the game, and leaving peripheral content to modders and the Workshop. As a modder, I appreciate this model: it gives me more toys to play with, and more of an audience for those toys. As long as I get more components every once in a while, I'm happy!
Thank you again, StarDock! Please keep up the good work! I will keep buying what you produce!