I've played 4 games and one of two things always happens (usually both).
1) I find (through pirates usually) boatloads of old ships that I repair and use. Many of these are large ships that allow me to dominate all other factions I fight (who never seem to have any).
2) I tech all of the other planet types and then colonize a ton of systems. These, added to the ones I take by force because of #1, and the game is over.
My only point here is that I think it would be cool to find 1, 2, or maybe 3 ships total. But many of these test sites, etc. have 5, 10, or 20 ships in them! And I always seem to find 5 or 6 of these sites (I play on 400 system galaxies, turn tech to the slowest, etc.).
I really love the game dynamics otherwise and really enjoyed playing it - but I wonder if there couldn't be a slider for frequency of free ships laying around.
Opinions? Comments? Am I missing something here?