Until now all thing which happens in intrigue are just changing values of different mechanics in game for a couple of turns.
There was a crises with a space monster what destroyed a planet. Yes the planet was gone but I never saw a space monster. In fact values changed really happens doesn't anything..
But take a look at steam reviews. Mostly positive BUT nearly all good new reviews are from short term players with playtime less than 50 hour.
Long term player reviews are only a few and mostly negative!
But that's exactly what I sad a couple of days ago in another thread:
Stardock simplify and kill that great game for short term gamer who's like it simple and need no time to come in. For all the player they wrote a negative steam review in the last month after playing one to ten hours because its to complexe for them. But those gamer makes two games and and never play it again.
The long term players since beta who's bought all dlcs and the founders are not important because there are only a few!!!
Its very Very sad