...and every MVL game I've submitted has been under Very Good alignment /shivver
The score could have been better, but the damned Alterians made me attack them in the las 1/2 year. I was setting up to do a last-minute ship upgrade to jack my militry rating sky high.
With 29 weeks til my win, I decided to look into the AI to see what they were doing...the Alterians were working on Beyond Mortality...and then a few weeks later I saw that they were going to get a Tech Victory THREE WEEKS before I could win via ascension. I had no invasion techs, so I was scrambling like mad to knock at least one of their main lab planets down.
Ascension 101: There are 5 ascension crystals across the map (at least on this map size), you build a star base on it, which cannot be upgraded beyond that first constructor...no weapons/defenses/mining modules. For each node you hold, you get 1 point a week. Once you hit 1,000 points, you win. Downsides: for 1 node, all races get a "-" to you, for 2+ you get "--" from all races. You can only get 5 points a week (5 nodes) so even if there were more nodes on the map, it wouldn't benefit you that much to hold them...besides greed or node-blocking. If a base blows up/you destroy it, it's points stop coming in, but you keep all you've earned.