I would like to have your suggestion about an idea. I prefer empire game style over pirates, but I like the fact that you must win over your homeplanet as a pirate.
So, to get that sort of feeling, I was thinking of making a game where I play some sort of lost mothership. I would give myself a decent ship (maybe with a colonisation module or some troops) and I would start somewhere in the galaxy. From there, I would take off all the techs that I have (in the sense that my crew know how to use their ship, but would not be able to build another one).
From there, I would have to find a decent planet or take over one. After that, it would be like starting like a pre-warp empire.
I was thinking about adding a construction ship and a few freighters with hyperdrive, in case I need to build a starport before being able to get a planet.
Any thoughts ?