Congrats today to Cumberberg for posting his first 0-year wins!
Congrats also to TorontoRock for submitting another huge victory, this time 182k! I'll try to out-do that with my next huge game.
He also pumped out a few more 0-year wins as well.
One more piece of info about the 0-year wins that my be helpful. The way the Metaverse scoring works, if you have submitted high-scoring games, and then submit lower-scoring games (as with the 0-year wins), your point gain to your MV score will be pretty minimal for the lower-scoring ones. One way to get around this is to designate different characters for different sizes/scores of games. So having one character for mega-scores and one for 0-year games works well to maximize points-socring potential.
I'm curious KP, your 170 score, did you milk that at all, or did it just go long?I've had a few games I milked maybe 6-12 months, but I havent' tried going further than that. I'm curious if you did extend it, how do you draw the line?My theory on that is that if the game is over ~4 years, you're probably better off extending it to 6-7 years. Which is sad. To me, finishing a game fast should always be better.
I definitely milked it. I could have won by year 7, but in order to build up an even more gargantuan military, finish my military starbase array, and let my population max-out on all my planets, I extended it. Each year that I extended it, I saved on Dec 15th, then wiped out the last enemy planet. Then I would check my score, and how much it had increased from the previous year. If it was still a sizable gain, I'd reload and do another year. Once the point gain became small enough as to not be very significant, thats when I decided to end the game. This is the least interesting/fun part of the game, but at least it goes quickly, because aside from moving new ships to the MSBA, I'm really doing little else other than just hitting end turn. I always end on Dec 22nd, to take full advantage of any points gain for that year. I'm not that great at playing for speed, so my games tend to be longer than they should. Sentient species taste better...