Well then ,here's my side.
I chose the klings and Chris picked the cardies,we both had crappy second systems(t4 dont forget). My home system was just left of centre -yeah ,I know what your thinking
i thought the same-it soon transpired that the feds were top left and roms bottom left but as things panned out,I got along very well with my galactic neighbours , at least for the first three quarter's of the game.
I spent the first few turns building and buying scout ships and then sent them on moral boosting missions against my neighbours before accepting peace treaties from them.
Around turn 20( I think) i met the fergs,who were centre right and not long after the cardies tucked away in the bottom right corner and at war with the fergs.Cardie intel was knocking on my door but as yet nothing serious,I had peace treaties with everyone else and about this time i accepted a friendship from the roms.
I noticed the cards had gone from 5 systems to 4 so it looked like Chris was having a hard time of it against the fergs.I built an oupost to get me within range of cardassia and saw.......one yes O.N.E. destroyer.HA HA
I thought "I've played Chris before, I'm not falling for the old "lone destroyer trick" I'm not stupid"...WRONG WRONG WRONG decision.We spoke after the game and that was all he had after a battle with the fergs
I missed a golden oppurtunity to win the game
So I built as many ships as poss till i was well in the red, then it was
"s*** or bust time and went to bomb cardassia .....and discovered he'd been building orbital batteries ,after 3 turns( i think) I gave this up as a bad job and took the tiny remainder of my fleet to a smaller system next door-give me fed crusiers for planatery bombardment any time.and thats whare he got me.
I really dont remember how many ships were involved but no klingon ships came out of it.So that was basically it.I struggled on a few more turns
also by now cardie intel was doing some real damage the roms declared war on me the feds likewise.
I could have built orbital 's all night and Chris could have spent all night
building ships to bomb me,so at turn 95(?) I bowed to the inevitable and ran up the white flag.
I really enjoyed the game , would'nt have missed it for anything.
Congrats again Chris,