Yeah. You backed me in the ZYW thread though. Thanks. In the end , KP included it.
Anyway, the games were against all 9 AIs. No spore. I borrowed heavily from DeathAdder's tricks and named it the ZY-Death in his honor. SCC and a mini mil starbase array with tiny 1/1 fighters (or maybe 2/1) were in there as I recall. Nothing like a regular gigantic map though.
If our old forums backup is still accessible, it should all be in there.
On my current game, I did some tech trading for planets, but only in the classical style. No homeworlds and the bulk of it was done without the SCC. I did build the SCC later since it was an available tech, but I didn't focus on it. The fighters under it were ones I traded for. Most of my mil level was from trading techs for fighters and landing them for the standard planet boost. I don't think the SCC really helped me much anyway since the fighters were small or tiny early ones.
I didn't even build a single fighter of my own until the Arceans declared war on me. I'm not used to the AI declaring on me so it was a welcome change. I built some medium and huge missile ships to wipe their fighters out and used transports that I mostly traded for. I think I built 4 or 5 transports of my own and used something like a dozen or so traded ones.
I still have one of my own transports in reserve. I was building up to for a final assault on their last planet when my influence flipped them. My warships then went home to sit under the SCC.
I'm trying to ally with the Drengin. I gave them my econ and tech treaties and I have theirs. I also have tech treaties from everyone and econ from the Yor and all minors. The good and neutral races didn't go for econ treaties with me.
So far, the best I can get are friendly relations with the Drengin and Yor. The others aren't particularly happy to have me around. Besides me, the Torians and Krynn are the strongest races. All are doing fairly well except for the Iconians and Drengin. They're parked next to each other and I guess their production is focused on each other. The Iconians keep popping up and asking me for help, but I take their money each time instead. Silly Iconians.
Everyone is at war with everyone else for the most part. There have been a few peace treaties showing up on the screen here and there and I get in there to bribe them to go back to war when I can.
I'm building tiny colony ships like crazy and the fighters and scouts I traded for early have mostly been converted to colony ships as well. Still going all labs and each planet has at least 1 lab on it to drive production. My tech level is screaming.
Another thing I forgot about was the warp slowdown when in Yor space. It was a tad frustrating running my warships through there while chasing Arceans and pirates only to be dropped to a speed of 3. My survey ship also went through there within range of a pirate. Of course, their speed was also dropped to 3, so they didn't get me.
On the 700% tiles question you had up there, I only saw one other library on my last game besides the one I had on my homeworld. In my current game, I've only seen the one on my homeworld so far. Of course, there are boatloads of planets out there and I've only taken 1 other homeworld so far. I came across a 700% production tile, though. I built a Market Center on it. That still feels odd.