Why waist the money and time to play thhis game if that is all you need to do to win it?......I'll stay with space empires in this case......
Clearly, this is the only strategy employed by any player in a multiplayer game ever. In fact, I haven't seen a Cobalt in two months! We should rename this game "Action Movies Exported Interstellarly By A Solar Empire". You don't even want to know what the Advent are putting out these days. "Guide me" and "enemas" and all that. It's not very tasteful.
In all seriousness, this tactic is easily countered, I was lucky as were my allies. But if you think culture is not an interesting weapon, you shouldn't be playing this game, because it has more depth than just shooty laser guns. Culture is a very integral part of winning MP games, this is just a fluke exaggeration. This map tends to be one where if someone spawns in the "middle" you can surround them by taking their planets, in this case we surrounded them with culture instead because that's really what the Advent do well.
Thanks for all the great responses guys. This will give me a needed boost to my current game.(First time playing the Advent.)
Yeah, this is the big deal for the Advent. The TEC get trade early on, you get culture. The Vasari get something I forget about. Anyway, you need to be spreading culture as quickly as possible in the early game as close as possible to your enemies if you can. Depriving them of resources (credits) slowly but surely will guarantee your dominance in the area. Combine this with hit and run attacks on resource extractors and they'll be lucky if they can build a couple scout frigates.