Hey. I'm a bit new to GalCiv.
I'm playing on the largest map there is in the game. I'm playing on "Challanging". I can pretty much keep up with the AI in all areas aside from the very start up in the game where it comes to colonization.
My problem is, that I notice half of the AI Civs colonize about 10-15 planets in the first 200 turns of the game, where I only tend to have 4. I feel intimidated right from the get go... however accoring to stats and spy stats these Civ's are near my reaserch level and economic level.
Are they mass colonizing, however not building on all their planet land spaces right away? HOw are they keeping their economy balanced?
I tend to start slow, and take 4 plants and build buildings on all of them right away. I tend to BUY half of them right out. Then I consintrate on stabalizing my economy and keeping my reseasrch contenable. I tend to do this alright.
My fear, in the long run of the game, say turn 1000, will I have more the addvantage of starting out slow, strong and stable while only then sending out colony ships to try to colonize whatever is left? or would the AI have better odds by having all these colonies already and trying to slowly build their buildings on all their planets?
Which way it better? I'm wondering if I should be trying to expand much faster in the start of the game or not, and I'm also afraid of not being able to balance my economy well enough where my reasearch will suffer from the get go. I hate it when all the other races beat me in reasearch fast because I don't have enough money to allocate to research production BECAUSE i'm paying an arm and a leg into COLONY EXPENSES, which seems to kill me whenever I try to expand as fast as the AI usually does. Help?