First of all, I got an error when I clicked on a thread just now, it said "Server GetMedal failed with error:" or something along those lines. What's that about?
I got Galciv2 Ultimate Edition from Level a while back, and after a talk with a friend, I installed it and checked it out. It's very similar to Ascendancy, which is one of my favourite games ever. So I've been playing for some time now, and hit the usual problems.
I read some posts here that answered some questions, but here are some more.
If I use the main launcher, the one that gives me the option to change chapters, the game doesn't start. I get a blank screen for a while, then back to Windows. Going into the individual game folder works, though. It only crashes after the 2hr point, sometimes as much as 4-5 hours in. It's not a big problem (or maybe it is, but I play too much FO3 and Oblivion to care?), since I'm pretty good about saving. But if it can be fixed, please let me know.
Is there a "Force Peace" option? I want to take my time in a game and research everything, or at least most of it, without having to deal with a large galaxy size and the mess that causes. If not, what's the quickest way to make an unbreakable alliance with one other player and then ignore them aside from trade while I focus on research?
Is there any merit on focusing colonies on a certain aspect? Such as one with mainly factories, one or five with research labs, a colony to pick up the slack in the economy angle, etc ? Or do factories only affect the current planet production and have no empire-wide benefit?
And a question I'm sure you're all sick of seeing... custom ships.
I'm not bad at making my own ships, but I'm never sure if it's going to be better than the core stuff or not. Is there an easy way to check without clicking on a ships and looking at the components? Is there a way to get ship designs from other players that doesn't involve complex mods?
And that's my wall of text. I'd be grateful for any other hints you have for a newbie to Galciv2 (playing mostly ToA now).
Edit: Also, an "How to NOT fail in 3 easy steps" guide would be helpful, but I'll look through the wiki for it.