First, Id like to say that I think this is going in the right direction. Its amazing to see how this is changing. Im a fanboy, so no reason to keep gushing on about you guys so ill get down to what this is really about...
Stars, planets, and Ships.
I like to play with lots of stars in my game and while I know I dont expect every star to have 9 planets, SOME planets would be nice. I have chosen abundant for everything, and still dont see dead planets, habitable planets, or even extreme planets. Its just a galaxy full of stars, asteroids, and the occasional space herpes pod...I see where in the galaxy xml you can make numerical changes to get more and I have tried this, but it does not work or happen. I fly around and find nothing and I think this should be tweaked. Obviously, you guys/gals have tons on your plate, but you know this xml better than anyone and a quick fix could put some stuff in so I can colonize it. Or maybe its just mine that is broken...I dunno. Whatever the reason its just not good.
Love designing and love the fact that you guys have the Creator put out new ones...but there needs to be a switch or check box to turn it off!! Its crazy!!! Its like it is constantly upgrading and putting out new ships and then all im doing is spending time going back in and using the obsolete button to get rid of them. Like a said...a box that turns this off would be great, because after awhile I have more than enough ship designs Im making, plus others are giving me, that I dont need it making more. Dont get me wrong, I like that it does this and wouldnt mind if it did it once every time a new hull design is researched, but mine go bonkers anytime I get anything new...anything...at all...a new engine..boom...a upgrade to life support..boom...new wps that im not even using, but decided to research it anyway...boom. And the deleting goes on and on and on.
Again, dont take these at gripes or me being pissed...im not. Just my few thoughts on a few things just in case no one else had mentioned anything about them.
ps Dont forget to let custom races be able to pick custom ships somehow. Was wanting to use Rand Johnson's awesome ST ships and cant unless i play first as Terrans, save each design that way as a template and then load them in...while I dont mind doing that, not sure thats the way you want to do when the game is ready to ship!