I am trying it out and I like it, for the increase in anomalies if nothing else, but it is much more and it adds a lot to the game.
My one complaint is that the pirate defenses are too strong by half. IMHO, the starting surveyor should beat the pirate's lightly defended base at least 95% of the time. It should be an "oh shit" moment to lose to lightly defended. Moderate pirate defense should nearly always fall to the survey ship and no more than 2 one shot missile boats. I don't have time to build the fleets that it takes to defeat the current 2nd and 3rd defenses, at the time I want to be nabbing anomalies. I see it like Sid Meir Civ. You have a right to believe you are going to win these early confrontations. They are currently too hard to defeat with the weapons at hand and the limited time that can be allotted to beating them.
I am sure many will disagree. I am just a normal player and I am not looking for a life altering challenge
I understand where you are coming from--but what you are describing really is how I intended it to function.
Basically, early game, you have access to undefended and lightly defended anomalies. The lightly defended anomalies should be easy for the starter Survey ship and most (if not all) of the Mercenary Survey ships. The moderately defended anomalies are risky with just one ship, and the heavily defended aren't an option without a decent fleet.
My goal in that was to distribute the anomalies over the course of the game.
And my plan is to make the anomalies better at each level of defense--increasing the amount of credits, research awarded, etc. The ships already upgrade as you go, so I won't probably do much there. But basically, I want to provide greater reward for greater risk.
I'm also planning to make the experience awarded by anomalies scale with how well defended the anomalies are.
So, basically, my vision for the anomaly mods I've made is to make anomalies more of an interesting and dynamic part of the game that progresses as you progress--not a static feature.
I understand not everyone will like that. And I respect your position. Thanks for the feedback!