As an NP players (and long-time Little League baseball coach!), I totally agree with what Brian said about the best teammate is one who works for the team, not personal glory … and personally, my goal is for the team to win and I don’t care where I place.
As Brian knows, in the first team game, one of our teammates (another Brian!) ended up in the middle with a poor path to the middle. While we all want to be aggressive, it made no sense for him to expand … so for quite a while, he was basically just (efficiently) working on resources and sending ships to either Neo or I. We in fact decided as a team NOT to send him Weapons for quite some time - it didn’t make any sense and saved us a ton of money when cash was critical.
But about halfway through, the position/geometry was such that he was ready to break out … and he ended up going after the middle with the rest of us.
Also, in that game, we decided early on to make a BIG commitment for me to expand South … so I got most of Brian’s ship while Neo stayed defensive. And if you have ever played with Neo, you know he hates playing turtle … but long-term, it was the right thing to do.
From about the mid-point on, I was just shoveling cash and tech to my teammates … especially when it was clear we were going to win, but were 1-3-4 on the leaderboard … because I wanted to help knock down #2 (who was next to them) so we would have a 1-2-3 finish.
So sure, I ended winning the game (Hulk is now only long-winded, he’s also a hypocrite, 'eh?!? ;-), but I assure you if I had been in any of their roles, I would have been happy to do whatever to help the team.