I'm not sure if this was mentioned before, but I was wondering if it was possible to play on two different maps at the same time?
For example, if you played Age of wonders games, you could play on overland and underworld maps at the same time.
So I was wondering if the game could be moded so we could have special wormholes which would let us enter alternate galaxies. So basically you start on one 10x10 map and then can enter another one (you choose the size).
So we could actually have shakturi come from those maps/galaxies and we could take the fight to them. Imagine a galaxy owned by Shakturi and multiple independent slave planets which we would then try to liberate and have them join us in the fight.
We could also have a wormhole gate which would block the access to this wormhole, but it could be destroyed by special weapons from the other side. So you would have some warning if Shakturi are attacking.
Also, maybe have those alternate galaxies have different game rules. For example, a galaxy would have systems, planets, etc, but they cannot be colonised. Also, there would be no sources of fuel, so you would have to bring your re-supply ships and plan exploration ahead.
Now, exploration bit comes in with that galaxy having one 100% quality, huge planet, which would be hidden and have special bonuses. But in order to find it, you would have to traverse many systems and fight stronger and more numerous space monsters.
Maybe another DW expansion or DW2 possibly?