People have been dismissing BE as a CiV mod. I do not own CiV, nor have I played it, but how difficult would it be to import the terrain and other artwork into BE? Are the systems so similar that such a thing is possible? If so, it opens up the potential for a game taking place on a future planet Earth, rather than some farflung alien planet off in the galaxy somewhere. If modern era units from CiV could be imported, you could have a start of sometime in the near future and then proceed into the great unknown. The indigenous lifeforms could be converted into whatever strikes your fancy. I would, perhaps, make them mutated animals (genetic engineering gone horribly wrong) or even alien invaders whose invasion didn't quite work out the way they intended (whether War of the Worlds, Independence Day, Pacific Rim, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, District 9, or what have you). Since you start with only one colony, the game start would necessarily have to be post-apocalyptic, post-plague, or post-Great Mistake. I admit, if there were a Great Mistake upheaval as described, I doubt the go-to conclusion of most nations present and future would be to build a bunch of rocket ships and blast off into outer space. A mad scramble for limited resources would seem much more feasible. If BE is nothing more than a badly-rendered cheap knockoff of CiV -- this is by no means my opinion, mind you -- then shouldn't such a conversion be relatively effortless?