I've recently got back into this game after a lull, buoyed especially by the news that some work will be done at some point on improving invasions.
I've now played 107 hours but still feel like an advanced beginner and there is much I either do not know or do not understand. In the beginner level galaxy I am playing at the moment as the Drengin, I am only the 4th placed civ (the Yor are nearly 10 times as powerful). The more I play this game, the more complex and deeper I realise it is (I have the same feeling with Crusader Kings 2).
I'm a bit disappointed, though, about how much different it feels playing an evil civ compared to a good one. The difference doesn't seem as massive as I'd expected, and plenty of civs love me, despite me being thoroughly evil and wanting to eat their offspring
Anyway, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the following:
1) Which in your view is it best to defend with orbiting ships, shipyards or planets? On the one hand your planet does not have immediate defence if you orbit the shipyards and the AI could sneak a sneaky invasion fleet to your planet before you can react or before you notice. But if you orbit the planet, your weak (and I think they are unrealistically weak) shipyard is fair game for an AI fleet, and once you've lost it, no more new ships for you. So would you defend one or the other, if you had to choose?
2) Can you advise me on where to position economic and military starbases, as I have no ideas. The AI seems to plonk them down randomly in space...
3) Would you say it's best to have an all-rounder ship or specialise in ships featuring very strong types of just one weapon and just one type of defence?
4) What do military alliances do exactly? I had a standard Alliance with an AI civ, and after I then researched military alliances, I had to no extra alliance diplomacy options from them. So I felt like I had wasted my time.
5) Can you advise on how best go about starting to design my own ships (never done this before).
I think that's enough questions for now.
Many thanks for your thoughts - cheers!