Yeah the shills only work if you have really nailed the start and got the SCC plus the ships under it by about, i think april 1st.
Ive just started a new game, giga abundant all on suicidal and have run into trouble....big time. I ctrl =n a few times to get some kind of 300% bonus on my HW, i didn't care which, and what i ended up getting was a 700% library and a 300% library!!!
i could not believe my luck, or so i thought...Good thing i save a game right at the start, just in case i frak it up, which i have...twice.
I'm not sure why, maybe the precursor lib did it, but i fell right into giga ZYW mode, and all labbed the game, and as such, by about March...im broke, and i haven't meet anyone, i didn't set the AI to friendly
so iv'e restarted twice now to try and curb my tech, i built one lab on the 300% tile and the havent touched the precursor yet. Seems to be going..okay...but i'm still a long way from any other AI, and have meet no minors, so i can't sell the tech, which makes having most of it at this point, useless.
I'm thinking i might cheese it a little (if this one tanks as well) and find some Minor locations, note them and reload, grab me some life support and engines and make sure i meet them asap.
I tell you, trying to play the game straight up on suicidal is a whole lot harder than a mumbler or a ZYW...I'm thinking my HW is a curse in disguise atm....
At this point, and after my last game, which still had all our old strats in it somewhat, i'm wondering how hard it really is going to be to play 9AI suicidal straight up, no SCC, no sue for peace, just colonize and invade....it's like it's 2006 and i'm still in the Colonial Fleet trying to learn the game!!!!