Based on forum conversations both here and in the High Command's, forum I thought I'ld step out of my little stardock default settings at suicidal shell where I was winning roughly 80% of the time and try some of the games the other folks play.
My first game went to a huge universe. It played exactly the same way as the large universe, Until I owned half the universe. The battle I posted came from this game. The INSTANT, I wiped out the Terrans, The rest of the univers declared war on me.
That 163 ship is good, but I couldn't defeat 4 races simultaneously. I also couldn't build anything, because I lost 3-4K bc in trade revenue over night.
But I knew what I did wrong there, hubris, and decided to play gigantic and make everything abundant. I over clicked number of races, and the computer decided ! was a good number. Try it sometime on suicidal, it was a trip. The Aceans never attacked me, They just swalloed my entire empire with influence!
My next ry was to face the full complement, but this time I turned off tech trading. Man, I am back to little ships, and Mumblefratz planets. I never realized how much of a crutch it was to be able to trade for competitive war techs the moment someone declares war. The Drengins haven't handed me my head yet, but if the Drath ever decide to use their ships against me rather than give them to me, EVERY TURN, I think I am in some serious trouble.
And I thought I was just going to rack up some gigantic scores to push us past the Diplomats, silly me.