Jeff did a preshow to his first podcast (episode 0) where he basically explained that when Vinny, Brad and Alex left he was already thinking along the same lines, but staid because of the triple whammy of (second) kid, covid and moving - basically security. that's about all he said on the topic and it's enough for me to think "glad you didn't stick around any longer if it was toxic for you". again, not implying corporate culture at RV is toxic, but Jeff definitely should be allowed to be full on creative talent. i'm sure Bakalar made this a lot easier for him, but in the end, the man needs to just be able to have a breakfast burrito and review energy drinks while playing Dragon's Dogma.
Honestly, I pay Premium for the adfree Podcast feed and UPF archives at this point. Since Albummer is also free that makes Grubbsnax live about the only Premium show I catch live. But... I'd probably still pay 50 bucks a year for that, compared to most patreons that's still a great deal.
I actually bought into SC in 2015 and stuck with it for about a year, mindlessly buying several ships and spending over 500$. I did get almost all of that out when I requested a refund in 2019 and every few months I wonder if SC will ever come out - but I don't think it has to if the hardcore fans are to be believed. it's an elite club with very pretty, expensive ships and they like it that way.
the trial and error is putting me off. between watching the QL and the Nextlander video I am already dreading having to try out stuff ad infinitum. i feel shitty saying this, but if it had the production polish of a Quantic Dream game I might be down for it. But this feels too claustrophobic for me.