On normal; restarted after a few turns on the grounds that having one's first colony revolting over and over again isn't so great.
Wait, what? Your colony revolted? What did you DO to them?
visage wrote:[*]On normal with Yoral; win via diplomatic victory, because apparently everyone loves you on normal difficulty.
Playing as the Yoral does seem to remove one of your largest threats. These guys always, always, declare war on me on first contact, if they're the first guys I meet.
visage wrote:[*]On brutal with the Orthin; win via "diplomatic" victory by conquering half the map.
Well, by the 3rd game, you've learned the ropes, while as far as I can tell, the AI is a bit derpy. You know exactly the right number and type of forces to take out each kind of random navigational hazard and how to build a functioning colony. The AI knows none of these things. I have seen them make some very confused-looking attacks on monster-inhabited planets. These kinds of roadblocks cost them a lot of time and money that you don't. By your second game, you know exactly the kind of ship you need to build to take out even heavily Space Harpy infested systems, while the AI is still milling in confusion around them.