I was out hiking today and my mind started thinking about Civ and the forums here (yes, apparently I need to "get out more" heh). I still don't know that I'm a fan of the season pass model as far as adding gameplay content or not, and you can like the actual content or not; but I don't think there can be much doubt that it adds a ton to our forum here and the quality/quantity of discussion. I'd imagine if they were to release traditional expansion (called "New Frontier" perhaps), it would probably have been set to come out in November. Likely the announcement would have been in the past month or two. Before that sure we'd have the expected hundred page "new content speculation" threads, but most of the posts would be some variation of "but when is it coming out I want to know NOOOOOW firaxis." Then, when the expansion did drop, there of course a huge amount of content to talk about and hate/love on. With the season pass, of course, few civs and fewer features release at a time, I think causing people to discuss any individual component much more than they would otherwise. Look at all of the talk about Ethiopia right now, for example. I don't think there would be as much discussion if it were one of eight. Or perhaps I'm wrong and we're all so quarrantine bored that that's what's driving the talk.