Dont listen to the nah sayers this game is great.
I was playing random map with 3 ai free for all. snagged 3 nice planets pretty quick, then I slowly started 2 attack 2 ai simultanusly, after realizing the error of my ways I leave a sizable defense fleet at one planet that is loaded with defenses and its the one the vasari keep attacking.
Now to deal with the advent, with 2 battleships and nice size fleet I finaly end the stale mate with the advent and kick them out of a system and begin my planet hopping.
set up some minor defenses and jump to planet 2, what I failed to realize though was that the sneaky vasari has beacons up and working and had taken a very profitable and wells set up terran world from me.
This eventually finished me because there beacons where all over the place and I had focused very little on civilian tech.
This game may start of a little slow but boy is does it pick up and its tense at times and fun.
Just hoping for 2 new races and perhaps and some nice ending movie videos for the next update in about 8 months(my guess)