im not really for this mechanic,
I undersrand its benefits, but as a sentinel style player, I like knowing that there are advantages to paying more attention and innovative ways advantage can be gained.
it means that even when backed into tough starting positions by the map, a hard working player can overcome odds.
and an attentive player gan gain more information. I often note the rough times a player is online and chatting during the game to figure out if they are likely to respond to an attack worith other ships or buy defensive industry to beat incoming ships.
I would much rather see a game start time able to be scheduled to avoid early AM production times on custom games.
it would solve a majority of problems with minimal mechanic changes.
that way, if you dont like a games production time you can just not join it.
the flow on effects of that change require major overhaul, what happens if you dont have the money for multiple scheduled purchases? which ones get bought?
what if your terra level increases before the purchase? etc.
there really is no benefit to the current situation with custom games starting with last joined player other than the last joining player being able to play immediately upon joining a game.