Okay I admit it. I am actually more excited about Pirates than I was about Half-Life 2. I will still end up getting H2 at some point but for some reason just can't do it right now.
Now Pirates is another story. I put almost as much time into that as I did with Civ1 or Civ2.
Your not the only one :!: At least Pirates won't have require "STEAM" :x to install. I'll happily give my money to Firaxis. Valve won't see another dime.