So I’ve been attending NP Anonymous to try to cure my addiction, but relapsed by playing some solo game against the Bots!
I’ve done this before with circular galaxies, and that ends up not being too difficult because you basically make peace and/or stay defensive with one neighbor, and then start working your way around. So for grins, I created a “default” game - the only changes were Twin-Ring star scatter (repeatable and no “lucky” start) and Dark Start disabled - I wanted to make sure that Green was in the middle (so I’d have multiple opponents to deal with) and the 2nd game I created worked. I also set win-by to 66% since even at the end, the AI’s (combined) had many more ships than me.
The “challenge” is once you start to expand and take the lead, all the Bots go -1 hostile against you … as they should!
I forgot to take a screenshot at the start, but the image below shows the map for 'ya. I eventually (it took a while!) got the upper hand, and especially once Warp Gates come into play, was able to press to victory.
One thing that helps is the Bots fire up their fleets pretty quick, but wait a cycle before building infrastructure - Jay should fix that. Also, at the end of the game, I was able to trade tech with an AI that had ZERO stars … and once I sent 'em enough tech to become friendly, they sent me tech back! Not sure where they got the credits to do that - they also sent tech to the other AI’s.
The end-game doesn’t show how many cycles/turns (maybe Jay can fix that too?) but it was 32 cycles to win … although I dinked around at the end a bit to get a “symmetric” 5 circle picture … plus sending 10+ levels of Weapons to the dead Bot (who sent it to their buddies who were fighting me) slowed me down a bit.
So any NP addicts want to try to win a similar 1v7 game in less time?!?