Fun game and concept,, if you get your numbers worked out you can colonize very fast (stay away fro raiding fleets until you have max planets colonized.)
But in the end established Alliances will always win,, old universes have hierarchies.
Utopia is a better online numbers game for balance reasons. you get a Kingdom of 25 people who can work together to crush other Kingdoms... you get a premaid alliance to lvl the field!
though i do miss Sci fi in my life...