Does anyone know how to disable Spore Ships? I haven't seen an option during game creation, but I might've missed it. A hack or patch to disable them would be awesome.
I think they're one of the worst ideas in 4X game I've seen in a long time. I lost 12 planets in a single turn thanks to them, the next turn another 8, and I've been losing 2-4 per turn since. Of course the fleets of ships with 500+ attack wiping out my defenders opening up planets for sporing doesn't help... I guess I wasted a lot of time/money on researching planetary defenses for nothing. I thought I was pretty much on a par with the other factions, pretty close in tech, owned planets, and military, but then the Korath, Krynn, and Dread Lords declared war in 4 turns. This is the 5th game that's been ruined by these stupid ships. As soon as I start losing half my empire to them, I just quit the game, delete the saved games, and try again. The last game I didn't even last out a couple hours. I only had 15 or so planets and I lost 4 to Spore Ships pretty shortly into the game. I quit and now I'm on this one.
It doesn't help that they only seem to show up on the map about 20% of the time. Usually a planet getting spored comes as a complete surprise.
Are Korath the only ones that use them? If I can't remove the Spore Ships, can I remove specific races from the game? I like to have random maps, but if I could set it to say, "Any race EXCEPT Korath (or any other race that uses Spore Ships)" that would be awesome.
I've read some posts where people use them as part of their strategy. I think I'd just as soon go find some cheat codes as use them.
Game balance is neat.