I understand that I should play the market, but if everyone is playing the market as I am, that would natuarally lead to a surplus. Wouldn't here be a product or "tech route" that jives better with robotics? If everyone is making the same decisions, it no longer becomes a game of tactics and more of a game of mistakes and twitch reflexes.
On resource rich maps before the offworld markets come online, yes. Thats exactly the game. Find (or predict) where the shortages will be and be the first to cash in. Wreck the market for everyone else as you are moving on to (or creating) the next shortage.
If you want a more strategic play, turn the resources and map sizes down. When there is only 3 tiles of water on the map and you hold all 3 claims and Slant Drilling you will win (unless everyone is robotic).
I guess I'm saying its all situational.