I have the impression this game might be significantly different from an ordinary Civ game, in a way that BE was, in the end, not. Some questions to those who have played: Does it feel like it could have been a mod? Does it have any fundamentally different mechanics? Do affinities actually affect your gameplay style? Any thoughts at all much appreciated. After BE I no longer have an "instantly buy any Civ game or DLC on offer" policy.