Drew Leachman writes: Up until a few years ago, I had never played a Civilization game before. On a whim, I picked up Civilization V for a cheap price. Needless to say, I had been missing out. I immediately fell in love with the game and sunk countless hours into it. I was sent an invitation to play the new Alpha build of a space exploration/empire building game called Endless Space. Short of an updated and re-imagined Alpha Centauri, if Civilization took place in space, this would be it.