I agree that change would be less "in your face" but still get a message across, we dont want to be seen as some kind of preditor etc down the latter road lay a whole world of hurt
The game has such depth and breadth that you will find many swear on their mother's grave that "X" is the way to go. All different ways:) Their view being tainted by the way they play. As in all things there exceptions to every generalisation, but by in large the following broad brush principles tend to hold true as a strategic direction, the detail you have to develop to suit your own style.
- Play Military domination with all options turned off, you have one aim - Crush 'Em
- The game is very military orientated at the top level of scoring, and you need to develop strong fleets to rack up the points
- The Evil route by in large is the route to most points at the top levels, for most people - there are exceptions of course, surprise surprise - but for the most part that hold's true
- Dont slack off in the last 50 or so turns, it may be obvious your about to wipe the floor with all, but keep it up full tilt to the last turn. A small 5% percentage increase in score based on - say - 100,000 points current score near game end means 5,000 more points, compared to a 5% increase in early game based on - say current score of 10,000 points - the latter "only" being 500 point increase. Score is not based purely on the win (you still get metaverse score even if you lose), but on the nature of the win and how well you performed in the various catagories. So with the latter in mind make a mental note of the catagories and play to them.
- Watch you Game date. The end score you see on screen is divided by the number of game years you played rounded DOWN - eg 4year and 364 days counts as 4 years, so therefore your game-end score is divided by 4 for metaverse. Therefore try to time game end for Dec 30 to maximise metaverse score.
Having said all that - I agree with Kudelv, play to enjoy, you'll find in the long run that playing purely for metaverse wares thin after a few months and you gravitate to your natural style anyway. Follow your instinct not others dictates and you'll enjoy it much much more.
To All: Not had a game in there recently as I have got involved in the Beta for Dark Avatar, but will get one in soon I hope.