Hmmm, missed the part about how this has a $5 cost....Not sure about that.
Theres the well,its only $5 angle,and yes thats almost an inconsequential amount......BUT then theres that i essentially bought this game like 2 years ago under its first incarnation,and it was so broken you told me id get the next incarnation for free if i hung in there (paraphrased)....and now here we are and your asking me for $5 for "official " premade maps.......that youve decided are NOT part of the deal.
IF i give you $5 for the maps,am i not still rewarding you for not providing me with a solid product 2 years ago ?
Or did i miss how this was covered under the original purchase as well as having originally missed the $5 information ?
If i remember correctly,the original preorder for the first incarnation came with an in game item, that is NOT part of the new incarnation of the game.Id gladly consider this map pack as the replacement for that item.
You're overthinking it, man. You bought a game (as did I), which turned out to suck, and Stardock said - we're sorry about that, here, have another game for free, this one's better. They didn't have to do that and most game studios wouldn't, they don't owe you or I anything, it was purely out of the goodness of their hearts / in order to maintain their good reputation with their fans (take your pick depending on how cynical you are ).
That's done, okay. This is something extra and separate they did just to gauge the interest in DLC, it has nothing to do with WoM, treat it as a separate transaction. Either the maps are worth $5 to you or they aren't, that's what Stardock is trying to learn here. Personally: okay, I give in, that full Anthys map is worth the $5 to me. You can only do an awesome huge map of the whole world rooted in the lore once though, I hope the next DLC has more than maps - a new faction(s) with new models, special units, and/or faction/unit traits to go with maybe? There has been a lot of complaining about diversity and such.