First, Warp Gates are probably one of the coolest features of NP as it adds a whole new strategy dimension to the game. Plus they keep the game moving, especially important for mega-galaxies where the distances are long - great job Jay.
I’d propose that Warp Gates be taken to the next level … literally!
I.e. right now, you can only build a “single” Warp Gates … which does a 3X speedup.
I’d propose that similar to Economy/Industry/Science, you be able to buy level of WG’s.
And obviously the price goes way up for each level.
I.e. when you buy the first WG (on two connected stars), the speedup is 3X.
When you buy the 2nd WG (again, must be on both connected stars), the speedup is 6X.
Level 3 WG’s provide 9X speedup … etc. Although with the levels, you might change the multiplies to X2 rather than X3.
Same WG rules apply - doesn’t matter if you or someone else owns the WG, the speedup factor still applies and is whatever the lessor value of “Warp Gate’ness”
In terms of destroying WG, you can destroy per level - i.e. you can downgrade a 3X WG to 2X … or maybe it is an all-or-nothing when you destroy a WG.
I envision this adding another “level” to Warp Gates … and also helps move along mega-galaxies. Plus in those games, gives you something else to consider upgrading when you are getting boatloads of cash.
Plus I don’t think this should be too difficult to implement.
Or maybe destroying is an all or nothing thing - not sure.