NONE OF THESE ARE A SUBMISSION!
But here is what the MVL has had me doing this weekend in my spare time:
And everyone is garbage. My last game was going well for the first year, then the Jagged Knife showed up and grabbed half of my worlds... Those mega events in something like this just slow you down so much.
Money is my big problem, I just can't keep my research up, and my populations don't breed fast enough. I've tried starting out by conquering the universe and leaving one gimped enemy. I've tried sitting on my home planet and just researching. I've tried shooting down everyone else's survey ships to get more anomalies. I've played all factories, all labs, mixed...
To go as fast as I want requires too much money, and if I build no military someone is bound to try and conquer me near the end. If I conquer everyone else it takes too much time. And just when I'm going along well, bam! a mega event throws me waaaaay off my game.
There has to be something I'm missing, but at this point I'm just about ready to go back to DL and do it there where its easier. The current setup leaves no advantages to DA that I can see. Maybe I just don't know what I'm doing. Two of those eight games I even started with a precursor library.
Maybe I've become too dependent on tech whoring.