looking at what others are suggestion currently. I think i woulde be best to expand upon creativity when making a custom race (make the players feel like they are playing their own major faction in the game) and add more options surrounding it since its one of the core features of this game that makes it so special.
here is a simple list that can help the game expand around that core.
1) Make a custom system for the tech tree (similar to how the ship designer works, add bits/part by bits/part and remove as you please.
(start with the image of the tech tree and just add things as you please.)
(with a balance but amazing amount of options to pick from)
2) Make a custom system for the planet selection (when selecting your starting planet/solar system). instead of chosing one out of many as an option.
( it coulde be a screen where you see a solar system and you drag add new planets(
,moons,suns,astroids,and much cool anomalies every thing you can think of in your image even where they shall be placed)
3) let us make a custom fleet design just like in galciv 2 (a feature that will be most likely be added later according to the streams.
4) this is the last one but coulde we have the option to have your own building design like pick parts and add colors and build it up, like in the ship designer in the same way and use it on the planets as buildings, with specail trait we decide beforehand along with the tech tree as it progressive. ?
what are your thoughts about this. ?