So here is my thing. When I played "Dread Lords" I could get to a point where I could jump in and Escalate pretty quickly. I could get up a force of troops and stomp all over my enemies. Ok, it makes me a bit of a war monger, but I was voted "Most likely to want to rule the universe" by my college mates.
So, with Twilight, I can't get ahead to save my life. I spend ALL of my time just trying to eak out a meager economy. Every single game, I get to negative economy almost before I get to my third planet. There I stay and have to fight tooth and nail just to get a positive income turn after turn. I hover there until I get espionaged to death, or some other race decides I am easy pickings and swoops in.
Am I doing something wrong? I do measured escalation. I only take another planet if there is some advantage too it (either a high quality or some good local). I build star bases to milk income. I try to trade, but I like plaing the Dengin and in almost every game there is a referendum limiting the number of trade routes for Evil races to 2 almost before anyone gets established.
If I am being a dummy, someone please help me understand. What strategies do I need to embrace to dominate the galaxy?