Allow me to establish for you my Civ credentials. I've played, quite literally, all Civilization games that exist, and started with Civilization 1. Call To Powers, Alpha Centauri and expansion, as well as the abortive CivCity game. A previous game developer for one of the two spiritual successors to Microprose (Big Huge Games, Firaxis being the other), I've been an ardent follower of the series since loading it up in DOS in my early teens. I clocked at least 500+ hours in Civ2, and I still have Alpha Centauri installed right now, as well as Beyond Earth.Sounds to me like the writers are Fans yes, but they don't really follow the series or truly play it.