I haven’t read through the entire forum so I apologise if a similar post
I think it would be good to have a new game style “team games”
In this game you would be automatically assigned an ally at the start of your game, you would be in a formal alliance and you wouldn’t be able to break it.
Victory conditions for this would be, your team collects x amount of stars in the galexy. When you and your alliance has the correct amount of stars, you would both be victorious
Setting up the game I think would have these rules able to be customised
amount of stars required for victory
the amount of players in the game, and how many players that are in your team (2-4)
If your allies are close by or random anywhere in the galexy.
If teams are visible, So you can know who’s on each team, or you have to guess!!
Tech trade. Trade with team only, or trade with other players as well
1/2 price trade to your team, or full price trade
Team vision, so you can see the scanning of all your team mates or turn it off (would be interesting for large dark games)
Turn on and off, ability to see team score, how each team is going towards victory.
For advanced play…
you don’t know who your team is… and you have to find them, when a player comes into your scanning range, only then will you know if that player is on your team. This would be fun on large games, eg. 32 players and random placement for teams, you could go half the game and not be able to find your team mate, but suddenly you win because you have lf the required stars and your team mate has the other half.
These abilities should always be in place (except for my advanced play idea)
Ability to trade with your team (even if normal rules state that trade with scanning range only and you’re team is outside of the scanning range)
Total team count, you can see how well your team is going for total number of stars, you might not be able to see how other teams are going, especially if they are on hidden teams
You can’t break the team ever! you are always in a Formal alliance with your team, but you can’t ally with anyone else formally.
I think this would create a whole new way of playing the game, it also gives new players a chance to team up with experienced players and learn some tactics, instead of being hammered all the time.