I've tried this game for the first time ever since dark avatar came out, tried it once again later and now I am trying it again. And I am always running into the same trouble that made me ragequit the last two times. GalCiv2 is a great 4X game and I look forward to its successor but I just can't seem to get it right.
I am having trouble in the mid game. While I always come out on top during land grab stages but later on I start falling behind in everything but population.
I have a custom empire that is set up like this:
GAME: Twilight of the Arnor
RACIAL ABILITIES: Defense +20, Speed+20, Morale+20, Sensors +2, Logistics +6
SPECIAL: Super Isolationist
TECH TREE: Altarian
I run my Colonization scheme like this:
I rush tech to temple and the second planet I settle is research only and I build nothing else but research and 2 morale buildings much later. The rest I colonize so that I build 1 factory, 1 starport, farms numbering based on planet class and just enough temples to maintain balanced and very high morale across my empire which I use later on to rake up the taxes, the rest goes into markets.
But its not enough. While my economy is sustainable, the AI is better across the board, same goes to research, influence, industry... but the military in first glance no, but then I always get raped because the bastard shows up with big ships, while end up behind with large numbers of bombers with 1 laser/1 missile damage.
What should I do?
Should I specialize more, generalize less? More factories? Less markets? more farms? How do I get it right?
And by the way, does anybody else feel that the thalan empire is a bit OP?