I want to be careful about how I phrase this, because I don’t want to be one of those players who just gets salty and throws around accusations. But something odd seems to be going on in the current 64-player game, Beta Botein.
One player has basically rocketed way out ahead of the others - far beyond what appears possible through normal means. They’re nearly twice as large as any competitor, their economy and industry are similarly outsized, and from looking at the Intel screen it appears they were able to do this without actually needing to engage in combat, which is the really odd part. In particular, they appear to have taken homeworlds from other players without the need to actually have a fight.
Here’s what the intel screen for # of ships currently looks like:
The only way I can see that this would be possible is through shenanigans - but on the other hand, if it is legit, is impressive as heck and deserves a tip of the hat. More experienced players, is there a non-dubious explanation for this?