I chose the founders program for two reasons. First, SD did right by us in how Froggy CEO chose to deal with the original Elemental (the game that is not to be named) fiasco. I chose to honor that quality decision by backing SD. Two, knowing GalCiv3 will be a great adventure, the 'lifetime subscription' to all its extensions, DLC, etc. seemed a prudent financial choice.
Now, about my suggestions about GalCiv3:
I have played the beta from time to time, and given feedback. I've also made a number of suggestions. However, SD has some significant boundaries in the game design area. When Elemental was being redesigned, I posted several sets of ways I would like to see combat done. I have no idea if anyone at SD actually read them. So, I'm not terribly motivated to extend myself again. For example, In the thread about 'whats wrong with fantasy 4x games,' I was really impressed with one post that suggested that all the AI players don't have to be balanced with the user. I strongly agree. I made the same suggestion, as have others, a number of times. Response: silence. Even a very brief, "read this" response from SD would make a difference when someone puts a great deal of thought and effort into a proposal.
In response to that thread, I actually sat down, and put together a proposal for a way to use the FE/LH engine in a non-symmetrical manner to create an interesting gaming environment. And the AI could be really devious because it would not have to be trying to compete with the user in all the areas of game play, rather each AI would be more focused. Then I recalled how my last two serious proposal were received. Why bother? SD has the game design and vision mostly established before it gets to us, even in beta format. So,SD, go with it. You make good games!
And I don't really think there is much interest in the fan base doing anything except fine tuning what SD has made. Now if this sounds like I'm annoyed at feeling both proposals I wrote were ignored, you would be correct. SD has no obligation to listen. Now I will shut up.