Gal Civ II and the Dark Avatar expansion are both developed and published by a nimble, pioneering Windows developer called Stardock. Selling their famously inventive PC "widgets" and makeover products puts Stardock in a unique position to develop high-quality games that are unhindered by financial pressures to ship yesterday.
Stardock also self-publishes their own products and ships them without copy protection, which can save you from incompatibility and downright invasiveness. We sure like the sound of that, but we'll still miss the looks we get in the office when coworkers see us installing some truly heinous copy protected software.
Dark Avatar will be available directly from Stardock's Total Gaming website, in early 2007.