So I've played around 3 practice games on perhaps the easiest settings possibly (excellent home system, Easy difficulty, Galaxy "starting," ect...), and also read possible every strategy guide in this forum. Even watched a few Youtube series of the game (which helped immensely my understanding of this game). So now after studying the game, and experiencing it, I am officially armed with knowledge and lore. I should be ready to play a "Real" game with a bit more challenge and interest. Before I do, perhaps some of you more veteran players can share some pointers on setting up my first game.
I'd like it to be a bit of a challenge, though not insanely challenging like Harsh Homeworld high corruption, or tons of pirates with constant re-spawn and advanced empires...no that is too challenging for a newcomer such as myself. Something adequate, like Normal amount of pirates, and agreeable homeworld, but add the twist where the galaxy is a little bit ahead in techs.
As far as playstyle goes, I'll still be playing "Classic Age as Empire," have not read too much on Pirate gameplay yet. To clarify how I'd like my game experience:
I want to be a diplomatic empire, using cunning moves to raise myself to the top of the economic scale. However, if I see an empire as being a threat to my economic victory, then I will exterminate it completely, even if it were to destroy my reputation in the galaxy. I also would focus on spying aspect of the game. I feel the game went into great depth in its "intelligence" part. Definitely worth experimenting more on.
So in short terms: I want to be a diplomatic empire, but one is also not afraid to be a PITA for those around him (mainly through spying an manipulation). And a guy who'll crush anyone who tries to size me up.
So for pointers, as of now I just want some recommendations on how I should set the game settings. Settings that will be of benefit for my gameplay style. Feel free to give any advice you feel necessary. Important pointers I'd like: (these are relevant to my play style mentioned above)
Which race matches the above style?
What's the consequences of having lots of empires in-game, vs very few?
Should I add lots of pirates?
Should there be few independent alien races, or many?
Should i set colonization range limitations?
Should I have the galaxy expansion at "Young" or "Expanding"
What kind of government should I start off with?
Okay, now before I conclude this post, these will be my decided victory conditions:
Race-Specific Conditions enabled
No storyline events
Let me know if I should modify any of those, I don't want to make this game "too" hard for myself.
< Message edited by Cmiller -- 8/7/2013 11:16:32 PM >