I won one it took around 600ish turns to win, but I cheesed it by getting a research victory,I was really getting bored because of placement. I set it up so that everything was rare, and production and research was set to slowest. However, minor races were abundant and had about 10 major races. I got exceptionally lucky and got placed far away from the cpus. I found out a few fun things throughout the game though, around turn 250ish I built a ship so loaded down with sensors that I could see, almost, the entire insane map, so I "met" everyone before I won. Also, even when research is set to slow it only really effected me at the very beginning once I got 2 research planets it really did not hurt anymore. I will start a new game eventually and turn off research victory and put in like 25 races, also I will turn off tech trading as that made it way to easy.