From: Ol' Blighty
I play with everything on manual except ship design and population policy which I leave automated
In my first game I had most things automated and I set them to manual one at a time as I went through the game. By the start of my second game I was using the same settings I still use today
Just some little tips regarding money: If you set taxes to manual remember +16 is the magic happiness number on your colonies. Raise taxes and happiness will come down, for the best non-emergency balance you want a happiness of +16, whichever tax level causes that! Only reason to go lower taxes than that is if you have victory conditions for being happiest population But... Don't start taxing a colony until it has 2 billion people! (others probabl have their own rule of thumb for when to start, mine is 2 billion). The higher the tax, the lower population growth, that is the reason why, and less thasn 2 billion is pointless taxing, not enough money to make it worth while!
Also, remember access to luxury resources = better development = +happiness = higher taxes = more money to smite your enemies
Edit: On another note, remember just because you are playing on manual doesn't mean you can't automate certain shisp! To do that select it and press "a". You can also choose in the empire settings or game options (can't remember which) if newly built ships start automated or unautomated and just sit to wait for an order after completion, even if the order is go automated
< Message edited by WoodMan -- 8/26/2012 4:05:05 PM >
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