I bid you all a good day
I am Nytraxs, and I have only recently (and by "recently" I mean yesterday) acquired this gem. Hence, I am what you would call a noob at sins (for the time being). I have only yet played 2 hours of the game and whilst I was extremely fond of my staggering, whopping 4 planets (!!!), this feeling swiftly turned into horror when I found out my nifty medium AI opponents had about 40 planets at that point in time. It does seem starting with huge maps is, as mentioned on numerous threads on the forums, not the smartest way to begin as a recruit
To explain how novice and well prepared I started, let me point out that I bought and also gifted Trinity for myself and my neighbor just to find out that Rebellion was stand-alone once I stumbled upon these forums about 15 minutes after my first game (I was going to find out how I had so horribly failed in keeping up with the AI). Alas, me and my neighbor now own a version of Trinity each and both installed Rebellion last night. I am sure the devs will use my money spent wisely to continue balancing the game for us.
I am a bit of a RTS vet. I used to play Dune 2 competitively (as far as one could speak about competitive gameplay back in those days of play) followed by the entire C&C series. Then moved on to Dota (the original mod for WC3) and more or less hovered there for a while until moving over to League of Legends when it came out. Trying to be true to my loyalties, I have acquired Dota2 on Steam yesterday since I believe the LoL community being slightly below par when it comes to maturity (understatement).
The latter bringing me to an interesting and compelling point I wanted to make: reading these forums has already convinced me that I will become a regular on these forums and this game, and all this, before even being close to understanding the game concept. You guys are in my opinion the most mature, helpful community I have seen online thus far (and "thus far" does mean for more than 15 years of online gaming), maybe only equalled by the original Planetarion community in rounds 1-6 (does anyone remember that?).
I apologize for digressing this much.
TL;DR I am new, I spent too much money because I am an idiot, and I brought a friend. We are both noobs but do hope to meet all of you in a couple of weeks' time online.