I've played a handful of games recently, not for score, but just for fun. Huge or Gigantic abundant maps with everything but influence or conquest victory turned off, and foregoing any of the exploitative tactics that have been used for scoring in the past. I played until it was obvious I was going to win, then stopped. The cleanup part at the end of the game becomes too tedious to play til the end.
so true, I remember back in the days when I started GalCiv2 playing straight just to win against the AI in different setups was the most enjoyable period here - esp. some of the campaigns and also those campaigns you can upload (some are pretty hard to do actually)
however it's really sad that the game has so many "holes" which you can exploit and which become obviously clear if one just plays alot - patterns will emerge.
that said, I'd like to reinstall the game for some midsized maps but in the meanwhile I've become an ardent MMO player (currently deep in TERA) and these games consume alot of time I can tell, lots of geargrinding to do )) but it' a hell of fun, too