I don't follow the GalCiv boards because I hate the forum software and I get drowned by the bad signal-to-noise ratio, so all I know about AP is from the GalCiv main site. It looks like you can only buy AP from Stardock directly, is that right? That would leave me out, because I'm living in Europe and have no credit card.
That would be too bad: While I somehow still like to play civ3 more than GalCiv, I hoped that an expansion would refuel my interest, and I know some kind of RB tournament certainly would.
I have a friend who owns a credit card, but she's very hesitant to use it over the internet. You talked about a hacking incident, but a quick search at GalCiv brought up nothing. Could you summarize or post a link about what happened?