This is a post I almost made and I want to be in, what I do is get:
Planets: Medium or one above Medium
Habitibal [typo] Planets: Medium or one above Medium
Minor Races: Highest
Tech: Slow, wanting a challenge when meating other races, Normal to keep citizens interested, Fastest for a great advantage. You chose, I want to know.
Stars: 3/4 or Highest
Density: Packed or lowest for time and seperation to have an easy time managing your race, loose for sometimes mostly getting stucked in corners or have some brigdes of stars for trade or battles with other races, and scattered for having a hardest time.
Difficulty: the wierdest thing, I had a race as normal, and another as fool, yet normal got only 2 planets from the whole game, fool had 20. I got confused. So i'm not sure.
Races: Matters on what you'll like, but i'll make Altarians and Korx my friends, unless you got a freedom fighter race, have korx enemy so you get to use battle tactics such as "destoy the korx supply line" or something.
Blind exploration on if you want to just explore or off to suddenly figure out you may create an army or a trade with the upcoming race.
Victory conditions: Matters on what you made friends or enemies, accession for a 110 weeks or over game, possibly.
Enables: Tech Trade (don't use too much or the races will hate you) Mega events, super abilities.
The number one thing to not do when creating a race is don't put the max population growth and the torians super abilities. I done it before, my race was more unhappy than my race could expand, no matter what I done, I also got a question, on the TA campaign, the mission where Tandis gave you the arnor battle cruiser, I can't beat it no matter what, please help! Also, what do I do to play the editors. I can't play the editors or use anything in the editors, its like it don't do anything. Thanks for the help and giving you help possibly.