Just interested to know how other people go about this? Obviously starting positions play a huge part, but what else do you guys consider?
Generally I prefer to ally up with someone on the opposite side of the galaxy. I have had a couple of very successful alliances where you buddy up with your neighbour and steamroller the galaxy from one side to the other, but I usually spend the entire game paranoid about being stabbed in the soft underbelly of our unprotected borders.
What interests me lately is something that wasn’t possible until recently. The most recent game I joined, I put quite a big stock in a player’s Rank to Renown ratio. Most player you look at (beginners aside) it seems that usually the rank is higher than the renown, but where there’s a huge gap (like 200 rank and 50 renown for example) it makes me suspicious of their loyalty. I like to build strong alliances and stick with them. Obviously there’s no exact science in collecting renown, and different people might distribute it for different reasons… so am I barking up the wrong tree with this strategy?!