And considering I spent like 70 bucks or so on it...
Or, as we say in English, "as I contributed 0.0001% of the total money spent on GalCiv3, you should do what I say."
I really don't see what part of the equation you guys don't get so I'll explain it again:
1. Stardock announce Galactic Civilizations 3 and offer a Founders Edition
2. A certain number of people - me included - buy into the Founders edition because it - in theory - sounds like if you buy GalCiv3 and play it in Alpha mode (which was, as others have pointed out on here, seriously not fun, it was basically seeing if things worked, not if the gameplay experience was enjoyable) and have an input into how the game is developed - features put on, how those features work etec etc. The free DLC and expansions for life plug is - possibly - a bigger factor in Founder uptake, who'd know?
3. Over time as Alpha becomes Beta becomes Gold some of what we want comes to pass. Some of it isn't even implemented in the Gold release - Espionage, for example, which is my thing. And even although frogboy and co have implemented it into the game, they aren't doing it how I'd like it done. They wasted time on the ship designer? Who damn well cares, undermining your fellow races, making them go to war with each other because of what you did is where it's at!
4. Non-Founder People buy the Gold version of GalCiv3, join the forum and have their say on features and how they do work/shouldn't work/shouldn't exist etc etc.
5. Reality starts to set in when Frogboy points out some realities like:
Everyone who works on GalCiv3 is, ultimately, letting you play their game. They'll design it - by and large, obviously they'd be a fool to ignore the majority clammering for this or that thing - the way they want. So he agrees with some of the complaints posted on the forum but not others.
(This bit will have really put the forum into a spin, I betcha): According to statistics captured by Stardock - none of them published, but I see no reason to claim porkies are being told - 90%+ of GalCiv3 players play on Easy or lower (there might also be a galaxy size those 90%+ like but I haven't read any mention of it.) So, that's the majority. And it's a silent majority. That's the folk frogboy and co are really aiming at. Not you min-maxing/Immense galaxy/Godlike difficulty folk who I admire for your dedication (all the maths talk about adjencies, buildings etc) and put me off playing multiplayer because I don't like getting my head handed to me very much.
6. Is there a game more moddable than GalCiv3? That's Stardock's fallback position - which, to be fair, they have used here and there - when players complain: Don't like it? Change the number/line in question. Heck, we'll even do a Youtube showing how it's done.
I admit I looked at the price of the Founders Edition and it meant no movies for a few months (helps there weren't any good ones!), I guess if you've got to genuinely make a hard call as to where that $70 or whatever you paid goes (if you've got kids, for example, they might not like that Daddy spent $70 on a game he spends hours playing at night and why can't we go to the movies and see The Force Awakens, all my friends have seen it? etc) you'll be a bit more resentful that things don't work how you'd like but my basic point still stands:
We contribute a negligable amount to the total money spent developing GalCiv3 and are treated accordingly.
The Forum is full of min-maxing/immense galaxy etc people who know how the make their point. Sometimes on several different threads. And in caps, too.... The Easy/Small galaxy 90%+ folk probably just play a quick game of GalCiv3 and if they ever read some of the complaints on here you can bet their eyes glaze over with all the maths/details etc...
And, lastly, it's unplayable because you choose to not play it.