Just a big comment with stuff in it about my experiences w/the Prebuilt Map:
Because I wasn't able to build gas mining stations yet, all of my fleets decided to take year long trips all of the way to the Bajorans to refuel themselves. *facepalm* Luckily I recently acquired the technology to do this and set up multiple mining stations with this resource. For some reason if I automate my fleets, when they need to refuel they won't refuel at space ports, (which have caslon, I checked,) and instead decide to venture to gas mining stations on planets with lots of caslon, which works too but means that they take a long trip every time they need to refuel, and I basically can't use them during that time.
I love all of the programmed events that were put into the prebuilt map. I am running into what seems to be the dominion war, with the Breen, Cardassians, and Dominion overpowering us. (It would be perfect if we had the Romulans and Klingons for backup, but I suppose we will have let our Bajoran allies get squashed between the Dominion and Cardassian Empires.) Though we are in a Mutual Defense Pack with the Ktarians, Ferengi, Bajorans, it isn't enough to balance the conflict. Where are the Andorians you may ask?
For some reason even though the Andorians are "Extremely Friendly", and we have +45 Delighted them on the Diplomatic front, and we have shared our rare Zentabia Fluid resource with them, and given them mining and refueling rights, and given them loads of monetary gifts, and established a free trade agreement, and traded technology with them, they STILL have not agreed to a Mutual Defense Pact. At this point I wonder if they CAN even form a MDP with us, because there is little else that I can do to warm up to them.
Due to my experience on the first iteration of the prebuilt map, at the beginning of this new run, I managed to fend off the Dominion and the Ktarians (believe it or not), from trying to colonize Betazed. (Basically by shooting their colony ships until they backed off.) Considering it's a supercolony, I am not surprised they were magnetized toward it. Tellar Prime joined automatically to my surprise as well (Does anybody know how to induce this to happen more often?), and I hurried and successfully took two northern planets before the Romulans could get their hands on them either. At this point I have the maximum amount of colonies that you could attain in the prebuilt map without cheating, so I should be running a Federation more powerful than usual, but this didn't really aid against the Dominion or it's allies. This map reminds me more of the "Sisko Era," if you will, because the Dominion and Cardassians and Bajorans we're all a bigger thing then. When I started this game I thought I would have to deal with the Romulans or Klingons haha
On the first attack in the Dominion War, I sent out a couple of strike forces to their closest colony, the Bajorans and Ktarians also sent two fleets of 14 ships each, all frigates and destroyers. (At this point most races didn't have Cruisers yet, and I only managed to have this because I realized the Dominion was going to declare war soon so I initiated a crash program.) My exploration ship arrived in the system, and found that there were about 50 dominion ships, frigates and destroyers and troop carriers, waiting there for us. The colony was guarded by four orbital batteries and a large space port. I didn't want to let my allies send their forces in to die alone, so before my strike forces sacrificed themselves in vain, I sued for peace with the dominion, which they accepted immediately. (I didn't negotiate, I just asked for an end to the war.) Unfortunately I forgot that this wouldn't end the war between the Dominion and my allies, but the Bajorans at least turned back their fleet. Unfortunately, the Ktarians did not, and I watched the Ktarians 1st fleet, made up of of 14 ships, get chopped up in a matter of seconds. Only two managed to escape the frenzy of Dominion bug-ships.
Right now, the Cardassians and Dominion are closing in on Bajor, and in some sort of feeble feeling of "we have to save the Bajorans because they're our allies!" I sent a couple of fleets to aid them despite the consequences of firing on an empire to whom I haven't declared war. This time we will be able to fend them off, our ships are a good match for Dominion ships, and we have cruisers. I hope that species 8472 doesn't appear and ravage us suddenly, because that would be quite untimely. According to unreal, they should be appearing pretty soon.
I love how much work was put into this map and it being canon, empires are placed in areas that they should be, planets are all named according to canon, the sol system is exact, jupiter looks like jupiter, earth looks like earth, etc., it's all really well-done.
< Message edited by Knickers -- 2/18/2015 7:20:49 AM >