Of course the information requested is available on both the game forum and the developers page/faq page but that is something else entirely.
The game forum
contains 2 threads that were started by users and contains no information relating to Lifthrasil's questions. Which developer page/FAQ are you referring to?
i would also urge you to take a look at the post from mr. Gersen, the one right above your first response to mine
The main concern for me (which many in this thread seem to be evading) is whether the game includes in-game purchases and the DRM that would presumably be required to facilitate that. Gersen's post doesn't address that.
Well, there is of course the official FAQ found on the slitherine page. I've posted this in a topic on the general gog forum channel http://www.slitherine.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=642&t=106203&p=931932#p931932
and regarding data collection it is the standard data collecting procedure that comes with unity games
A message from Unity about data privacy
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Information we obtain from these devices includes:
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Usage data: information about how you use the application. For example, day of first session, day of last session, session length.
Location data: specifically, the country.
In-app purchase data: if you perform financial transactions (such as when you make a purchase in a game), we collect information about the purchase. This includes purchase amounts and number of purchases.
Custom event game data these are specific in-game events that some games collect, and are contextual to the game. For example, level start, enemy count, player health are all examples of custom event data.
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concerning your question
there is no such thing as in-game purchases
Thanks to you both for answering. So yes, it seems the part about 'in-app purchases' was probably from some boilerplate unity text that was copy-pasted. That's good to know!
So, the SP game seems not to be DRM-ed; however, the online
MP is, since it requires a third-party user account. I agree it is good that the game provides a hot-seat MP mode (more turn-based strategy games should provide that, imo). So, the game can be played multiplayer without DRM, but only with the hot-seat.