So the 'embassy' we get does not give a 1 point per turn like it used to or it does but we can only build one building? I get that we are making the diplomacy game HARDER, that is fine. My typical tech path was to rush to Embassies to plant them on a few planets to OFFSET the inevitable DOWs that come 100 turns into the game. I take it this will no longer help nor is it even a good path to follow anymore.
Diplomacy is still viable, Embassy(+3 Diplomacy + Level Modifiers) is a must, it is your biggest booster now, it been a wonder(1 per player) now you have to pick your planet wisely (do it right and you can get it to level 12 which is another 2.4 diplomacy), the second Tier(Diplomatic Ministry) is +5 plus Modifiers to a total of 9.8 Diplomacy, Tier 3 is +7 plus modifiers (caps out at 14.2). It is also a must to go down the whole branch of diplomacy to get the full benefits, no more cheesy "I'll just grab embassies and stick them on all my planets". You also have to build culture bases to top up Diplomacy or yes, eventually people will start to DoW you. Open Borders are kinda key too for a Diplomacy win.
I will say in the current build of GST it is 2, 5, 8 + Modifiers (0.3, 0.6, 0.9). I nerfed it a bit after my test games.
Your Borg are a bit Over powered. I modded the shield punch to be bypass shields 100% so it would work. Hopefully this will give me an edge against the inhuman monsters you set against me ~ the passive Vulcan Empire......
Hehe, Yeah they are OP, but I like them that way . They are the Borg! You can pacify them, it just takes a lot of work(Pragmatic 50 turn immune to DoW helps). Did you happen to use the Vulcan shipset for your faction? I have not had time to test that shipset yet. I am quite gutted Shield punch is broken tbh, I added 1% to each Borg Weapon on a ship. I do not ever see them having 100 weapons
If you struggle with them, drop them down 1 difficulty. They have hidden bonuses(well not so hidden, they are tied to techs) that if you play on Gifted its the equivalent of them having the Genius bonuses. Oh and they have some dam nice improvements too.