I do know the real names of two of the testers and played in demo games that lasted nearly 2 years with several others. I can tell they are excellant players and very reliable. One wrote a book on one of the most popular Sid games of all time. In any event those that tell you they have pretty much no power are correct. The issues are the same as they always are in games. Lack of money and that leads to lack of time to fix things before release. You frequently can add in poor concept and design, but I leave that to others to decide. Every civ game that I can remmeber well had issues on release and slightly improved over expansions till they were pretty decent. I played I and II, but that is too far back to recall clearly. III and IV and now are still fresh though.