So… I ended up relenting and buying it anyway one hour before the sale ended. After briefly dipping my toes for no more than 10 minutes, the writing was everywhere but on the wall regarding my UI concerns so I quit and opted to try reading the manual first (urgh).
Long story short, for some reason Steam tracked having the pdf manual open in my web browser (as launched from the game’s splash screen) as being the same as having the game running. Even though I’d quit out of everything else. So I’m now half an hour past my 2hr refund window despite doing little else than generating a world.
I wouldn’t say I’m angry, or that I was even really planning to refund. But what the actual fuck?
So, a heads up for anyone else in the same boat.