Win! Galactic Civilisations II: Endless Universe

And some other stuff! To celebrate the UK launch of the excellent Galactic Civilisations II: Endless Universe (which is basically the compilation version of the original game, with both of the expansions integrated for a full package of galactic conquest), we’ve got a bunch of GalCiv stuff to give away, including copies of the game and a resplendent Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Platinum – Fatal1ty Champion Edition soundcard. This competition is only open to residents of the UK. Sorry! Clickwards for details.

These are the prizes you face:

1st Prize! Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Platinum – Fatal1ty Champion, and a copy of the game.

2nd Prize! Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headsetm and the game.

3rd Prize A copy of that splendid game.

To win you must send an email to this address. In it you must include your UK mailing address (just in case you win) and your answer to the following question:

If you were abducted from the Earth and forced to be the idle King of a decadent alien culture, what single videogame would you take with you, and why? The best three answers (as judged by our infallible answermometer) will receive the goods.

Closing date: 30th September.


  1. Seniath says:

    Whee, new compo. So, what about all those other compos eh? The tanks, the new Valve logo…. I could go on, but I can’t remember any more.

  2. Jim Rossignol says:

    Most have been judged/won now. I’m fairly sure we’re up to date. The one thing we do need to sort out is that RPS t-shirt stuff…

  3. Mr Pink says:

    So do we get to see any winners?

  4. Nuyan says:

    Huh.. How can that Endless Universe thing I’ve never heard of before be cheaper than the GalCiv2 Ultimate Bundle + 25% discount in the Stardock store? Even while that Ultimate Bundle is merely a digital download?

  5. Ketch says:

    Entry submitted!

  6. Jim Rossignol says:

    John is about to do the Limbo Of The Lost winners, which he’d forgotten about.

    The Valve logo one was apparently abandoned because only a couple of people bothered to enter. (John says the best one will still get stuff.)

    I’ll compile the others when I can think of something less exciting I have to be doing.

  7. Jim Rossignol says:

    Nuyan: it’s part of the ongoing mystery as to why retail boxes are cheaper than digital downloads.

  8. Nuyan says:

    Mysterious indeed.

    I was planning to buy the Ultimate Edition as download, since I still haven’t played GalCiv2, but I guess I can better go for the retail edition. Sadfully I can’t find it anywhere except for Amazon, which is no use without creditcard as it doesn’t have a PayPal option iirc. Hmm.

  9. Jim Rossignol says:

    Enter the competition! :)

  10. Nuyan says:

    I don’t live in the UK, you British bastards!

  11. Carra says:

    Tiny Island only, meh.

  12. johsjohsjosh says:

    The Valve logo one was apparently abandoned because only a couple of people bothered to enter. (John says the best one will still get stuff.)

    Valve’s logo is fantastic as is that seems like a very hard competition :P

  13. Quirk says:

    I bought GalCiv already, so won’t be entering…
    If you win, it will steal your life, by the way. It’s the best 4X I’ve run into yet, and I’m including Alpha Centauri in that list. I’ve been getting some wonderful emergent story-telling out of it – I could just about run my own GalCiv diaries at this point.

  14. Joinn says:

    Talk about timing, just bought the Ultimate edition last week…

  15. Mike says:

    First prize is brilliant! Great job for setting this up chaps!

  16. Kismet says:

    I’m a bit puzzled because and list both an Endless Universe and a Ultimate Edition getting released at retail (respectively on 26/09 and 24/10), the latter more expensive than the former. I postponed my betrayal of Civilization thinking Endless Universe would have been a third stand-alone expansion (as that is what the product description says) and the Ultimate Edition a full pack but I guess it’s not the case at this point. I think I’ll postpone Colonization and grab GalCivII then, time for a change.

    Anyway, nice competition, too bad I live on the Continent.

  17. Nimic says:

    I just bought the earlier bundle on Impulse… also, I don’t have a UK mailing address! Shame, this is my kind of competition =P

  18. Pants says:

    Who won Artful Spaceship-compo? I’m sure you have forgotten it :(
    link to

    …or have i missed announcement of the winner :|

  19. trioptimum says:

    I don’t think you ever announced the results of the Lineage 2 competition either, which I was really hoping to not win.

  20. Ben Hazell says:

    I won an RPS competition, the first one I think, photos of the apocalypse or something. I can confirm they do send out prizes :)

  21. James G says:

    I also missed the results for the Sins of a Solar Empire comp:

    link to

    Edit: Just to add to what Ben said, I too have received prizes from RPS, both for the Crysis competition, and for the T-shirt competition, which is more that I’ve received from anyone else. So its all good really.

  22. Arsewisely says:

    Could someone please clarify this for me, I’m still not entirely clear on the issue. What do I not get in Endless Universe that I would be getting in the Ultimate Edition if I were to wait for its physical release?

  23. Ben Hazell says:

    James: What was your quote for the Sins competition?

    I’m sad because I found an awesome entry for that one only yesterday.

  24. James G says:

    Probably not enough to win, as I’m sure there are more imaginative or relevant entries.

    Wash: Psychic, though? That sounds like something out of science-fiction.
    Zoë: You live in a spaceship, dear.

    From Firefly of course

  25. Urael says:

    Endless Universe is the two expansion packs, Dark Avatar and Twilight of the Arnor soldered together and given enough from the main game to run without purchasing Galciv2/needing Galciv 2 installed as well.

    The Ultimate Edition is all three soldered together into one all-conquering uber-experience.

  26. Arsewisely says:

    Soo, all you don’t get in the Endless Universe release is the Gal Civ II main single player campaign?

  27. CajoleJuice says:


    I guess this is payback for all the competitions that only iallow U.S or Canadian residents. Not like I’ve won any of those… :(

  28. cratewall says:

    Would love to enter, but handing out your home address on the offchance of winning something is frankly not a sensible policy.

  29. Jim Rossignol says:

    It’s a good point, Cratewall. By knowing your address we legally own your house.

  30. Masterdog says:

    I had to submit twice. Sorry about that. Also, who knew you had so many visitors from them foreign lands.

  31. Jim Rossignol says:

    The RPS audience is only about 20% Britons.

  32. Thirith says:

    Not to mention the Britons (and semi-Britons, in my case) abroad who read RPS.

  33. cratewall says:

    Well, I trust most of you, but someone who considers Eve Online entertainment is capable of anything.

  34. Duoae says:

    @Masterdog: RPS is great so of course they’ve got foreign visitors ;)

    What happened with the favourite car competition as well?

    Also, i never saw the valve logo one, i would have entered that too…

  35. Nimic says:

    I remember that Sins of a Solar Empire compo. I even participated, with a quote from Red Dwarf that I’m sure half the people who entered also used.

  36. Jim Rossignol says:

    I’ve not bothered announcing winners for competitions because it seems like a pointless post, and I am lazy. Also, if it’s a third party sending out the prizes (which it often is), I’d rather not be shouted it if the prize doesn’t turn up, or is late, or whatever other hassles are inherent in organising free stuff delivery. I did that exact job for years on PC Gamer, and now I run RPS I wouldn’t even get paid for it.

    I judge the compos and get the prizes sorted as quickly as I can. Unlike John – he’s a big lazy bum.

  37. Ben Abraham says:

    Curse your draconian British Isles only competition rules!!! I’m going to give you one star on now!!!

  38. Dinger says:

    Oooh… The Spore Backlash hits RPS hard; now the AIM are coming after the blog of Neverending Compos.

    Hey, well I made a point of moving since I last submitted my address to RPS.

    Seriously guys, I know your problem — I’ve been there myself. I was a DJ at my college radio station. We had all of 440 watts and were out in the Ohio countryside. If you set your antenna just right, you might be able to pick us up from the outskirts of the nearest big city 30 km away, that is, the outskirts that were facing us. But, as a radio station, we worked deals with the clubs in said big city to give away tickets. That would serve as advertisement for them, drum up listenership for us, and, here’s where it was key, get at least a couple of the 40-odd DJs on the guest list.

    The problem was that we just didn’t have that many listeners; of the ones we did have, many of them had better taste than to want to drive in and hear some particularly lame local band (or a DJ Club Night).
    So the program director would regularly make up names and call them in. Sometimes, we’d make the names up and announce them on air. No harm there. We did plug the show/tickets.
    –of course, from time to time someone would forget to call in the plus-ones, and then hell would break loose.

    Hence I exhort the RPS to phone in the guest list. Bring the omnibus out of the garage and “recapitulate” all the “compo winners” that you forgot to mention before. Make ’em up if you have to. Hell, make up some designs too.

    Never admit defeat.

  39. Jim Rossignol says:

    I believe making up names for compo winners is actually illegal here in the UK.

  40. Nick says:

    Doesn’t stop the BBC. Or ITV.

  41. Dinger says:

    It’s potentially illegal. If nobody competes, there’s no tort (or competition, for that matter). Besides, you list even actual compo winners by made-up names anyway…

  42. James G says:


    Ahh, okay, if they’ve been judged but no results posted then fair enough. I was just thrown by the other two compos I entered having the result announced.

    And I realise how third parties can be poor at sending stuff out. The T-shirt took so long to arrive that I had assumed that it had been stolen by whoever it was that was nicking post from outside my door. (One copy of Mass Effect and the Fallout collection were stolen before I twigged what was happening. Fortunately the postie now knows not to leave stuff outside my flat.)

  43. Saskwach says:

    You send us out to this sun-blasted country for stealing a loaf of bread and now you won’t include us in your competitions? The scars of colonialism will never heal.

  44. JonFitt says:

    As a Brit abroad, I am sad that I cannot enter your competitions, but not too sad since I just bought the triple pack of GalCiv2 last night on Impulse.
    25% off for being a Sins owner, wee!

    I thought I’d just give it a quick spin starting at 10pm last night…. and you can guess what happened next.
    I look like the walking dead this morning.

  45. MrMistofales says:

    Just entered! Yeah, I never caught the winner of the GalCiv competition either… Did I just miss it? Congratulations to whoever won, I can see my entry was (as expected) also put forwards by someone else as evidenced above.

  46. Kismet says:

    Urael: Thanks for the clarification, guess I’ll go for the Ultimate Edition then.

    JonFitt: 25% off for being a Sins owner? I’d like to know more, please, being a Sins owner myself. :)

  47. Stupoider says:

    Hmmm, I’ve entered. After reading Plan B, from the lovely Tom Francis of PC Gamer, I’ve had an urge to try it out.

  48. Rei Onryou says:

    Entered just now. Doubt it’ll be a winner though. Writing isn’t my forté (and I didn’t spell check it :S).

    Decadent alien cultures like Max Payne 2, don’t they?

  49. MisterBritish says:

    Entered. Also, print T-shirts! There’s a chance you might not loose money after all…