I started a new game to check things out, and here I am, once again, around Turn 100. Horribly protected. No protection at all. My fleet? One scout ship. Yes, the one I started with. I haven't met an AI and can't build Training Centers yet, so why waste latinum on useless Green ships?goodone wrote: ur 21 systems r surely badly protected, since u rush ur expansion on behalf of security. and an ai would simply use that to their advantage.
For an AI to take advantage, it must first a) encounter me, and b) reach me. By then, I can build some ships.
My home system? Also zero defenses. I have yet to build an orbital battery. Why bother? Having six (and growing) sectors between my home system and the frontier is a pretty nifty defense.
By not declaring war on any minors, yes. That's a very cheap defense!even hostile minors w/ ships could destroy a system or two that way [but, ofc, i imagine u r not allowing such thing to happen].
That's one way to look at it. As a Ferengi, I look at that fully populated system as an excellent economic asset worth hundreds of credits per turn. Plus, they have science facilities. If that system does nothing but upgrade itself over the next 150 turns, I come out way ahead of waiting.those minors r far from fully developed. they still have a long way to go [another 150turns at least], until they get higher building lvls. if u take them so early in the game, they'll be developed the same u r [but with full pop, ofc; not so much an advantage, since u would need to protect them also].