From: The Hundred Fathom Curve
What I like about SilverMists is that they're just the right level of mega-threat. They spread, but not too quickly. A mega-threat like the SilverMist which rampages across the galaxy quickly would be very annoying. Conversely, if they stayed put in their system of origin, they'd be easily ignored. As it is, they're a dangerous, but very slow moving threat. I like the fact that pockets of the galaxy can be turned into no man's land. I only wish I could flag those systems as quarantined, so my ship AI would stop trickling ships into there!
Shamelessly jumping in, somewhat out of line from the OP, because I don’t think this can be said enough…
With the incredible work that went into building the AI routines, it is SO important to be able to manually designate planets, systems and maybe even sectors as off limits for AI controlled ships.
There is also a need to apply map notes allowing the player to annotate important information worth remembering.
I have been playing a 1400 star, 15x15 for a little while now and I am actually breaking out notebooks and jotting down “pen and ink” notes.
The SILVERMIST threat is a perfect example of how these two additions would provide valuable assistance to the player!