Was it on normal when the Yor had 130,000? If so that is spooky, I have never seen an AI with more than a couple of thousand 50 turns in.
Yes, it was. I was also quite shocked! The only other race I've encountered so far has over 5,000bc and keeps rushing his shipyards, after colonizing a planet within my territory, right away and hasn't slowed up. I see 4 more colony ships coming my way, too...
I two games I have started, I did well in a game with no pirates and I was struggling in a game with rare pirates. I just have a hard time playing my game and tending to business when I have to deal with the pirate menace. Thank god I can turn them off if I can't figure them out soon.
I didn't mind them so much before and liked the way it changed up my beginning game, until this game when I then met the AI. The AI tend to ignore them most of the time and I haven't seen them once attack their bases.
I have tried wiping them out early and it completely breaks up my game. I have tried ignoring them and avoiding them early on but they grow like Topsy and become a real problem.
They are not hard to beat if that were the game, but they are not the game they are just game breakers. for me. The ways that I have been dealing with them is anything but fun
Until this game, I liked them and at the default setting. It's just how the AI seems to leave me in the dust that makes me shake my head. I cruise along thinking I'm doing well after my initial colony rush where I get about 7-8 colonies and then I run into the AI who typically has double that amount, triple the amount of techs that I have and more than double the money (at least!) than I have. It's been a very humbling experience and not the most enjoyable one either. lol