The Arceans is a cool race to play
Imho their tech tree is as good or better than the Thalan’s Took me awhile to find and figure out how to best use their stuff but they have some really cool stuff.
Their expanded starbase coverage at the start is a godsend, allowing you to cover planets with econ’s and capture more resources &relics quickly.
And those starbase and sip modules, man oh man. Every base becomes a useful military base in addition to their primary function. If you want to turtle, surround your empire with overlapping base coverage (and right modules of course) and a mediocre fleet can hold off more powerful ones. And with your movement buffs coupled with enemy movement debuffs, they are slowed to a crawl while you use just a few fleets to zip around your empire NOTE this is one reason why I hate to play conquest against them, even if you have the power it can take a long drawn out conquest
Very nice job SD