I was playing a game as my customized Mandalorians. Things were putting along. I had a great colony rush. I was starting to grab some Toxic and Radioactive planets. I had Drengin to my right and Yor to my left. The Krynn and Thalan had been paid off to wage long-distance, ineffective wars against me. And I had a great core of 6 planets (homeworld and 5 others, one flipped from the Iconians) that were enjoying stacked Economy bases. My war machine was starting to roll and I was looking for my first catch of the day.
Then the Jagged Knife event took 5 of my planets (33 total)... all five from my "core" worlds. My Eyes of the Universe and two major ship building planets were gone. I instantly declared war and started on transports. I had a small orbital fleet above each planet that would take care of any Jagged Knife defenders.
A few turns later the Drengin decided it was time to get our war on. The Drengin? C'mon guys, aren't we pals? Aren't I trading with you? Didn't I sell you Sensors Mk II for the low, low price of 72bc? Their fleets are small but they are armed to the teeth! This is going to get ugly.
Now, I've read the forums for a while. And in most posts I've read this is where the original poster starts lamenting and crying about how unfair the Jagged Knife event is. I'm here to tell you this: I'm loving it!
I hate games where I steamroll over the competition. I love to dig myself out of holes and find myself victorious. And I love to be thrown curveballs. IMHO, this is the time to roll up the sleeves and get serious about what happens next. There will be blood tonight!