My Civ itch needs scratching and Civ VI is still a trainwreck. I was reinstalling Civ V and while doing so remembered I have BE, and needless to say I'm WAY out of the loop on it. Loved the concept but the execution was just so very bad and I haven't played it since the first few months after its release. So I ask thee, people who know more than I do about things: are there significant mod improvements? Did the expansion pack make it any better? I seem to recall the things I most wanted addressed were: 1. Diplomacy was kind of pointless because war was extremely unprofitable due to harsh health caps on any difficulty level worth playing. 2. Some of the virtue trees seemed non-optional if you wanted to have more than like, three cities. 3. The aliens started the game as a huge threat and became trivial by the midgame. (I'm hoping they're a more meaningful threat now). 4. The AI was kind of dumb (not as dumb as Civ VI though, thankfully; so presumably it hasn't really improved).