Thanks Derek! And thanks dev team! Keep up the great work--the game has been fun for a while, but now it's getting really fun.
In retrospect I made a huge mistake not paying 100$ to be a founder. Despite the freezes, bugs, etc., the sheer fun of watching this thing come together, not to mention finding out the nature the galciv community and the nature (communication-wise) of the developers is amazing. If that makes me a fanboy, then mea culpa.
I saved money by waiting for a sale. For me personally, a bad choice.