Do you worry you'd call Sid Meier "dad"? A half-hour stream over the weekend with the Civfather showing off Sid Meier's Starships (not anyone else's) has been saved for posterity under the name 'Sid Meier shows you how to build a Starship' and I can't help but imagine you, dear reader, sitting on his knee. "Can we put cannons there?" you ask. He smiles, a knowing twinkle in his eye, and adds some. He sneaks in a stealth system you didn't ask for, knowing it'll help turn this ship into a long-range sniper sort of thing, but you're happy: you wanted lasers and Daddy Sid added some. This is getting awkward. I'm going to embed the video now. Let's move on.
The stream last week saw Sid and Daddy Sid's Friend set up and customise their fleet then launch into battle, planning attacks, ducking behind asteroids, and yes, zapping spaceships with those lasers you wanted. I'm sure he's very proud of you.
This isn't the first time Pop and the Firaxis gang have shown off Starships, mind, but it's certainly a lot less echoey than the the footage from a panel we saw before.
Starships is due on Windows, Mac, and iTablets in spring.