I'm after some expert help here if possible. Got flogged by the Arceans last night but I'm not sure if all things were fair and square... What I need is confirmation on the feasibility of these numbers...
I had around 40 planets early and around 80 when finally beaten.
They had 12 for early game... 25 for mid... and about 5 when they finally made a tech victory (I had cultural victory switched off)
But the thing is... Although I was going for the military victory, I could NOT match their research output. Now when I got to their final five planets and they won, I was able to see their numbers by placing a spy and they were something like this...
Military 900 Social 850 Research 900... on every damn planet, yet they had zero starbases. They were also producing better ships, at a better rate and had a better economy... even though mine was pretty slick. Thus my question: Is this at all possible without the "Will become the ultimate power in the universe" scenario occuring?
Because as far as I know it didn't.