This may seem like an odd thread, but let me explain:
I bought Sins a few years ago, but because of extenuating circumstances I was unable to play it. One day I was going through a box of old stuff and found it, thinking I'd try it out. With a new computer and a lot of time on my hands, I've found myself quite addicted to this game - I don't usually signup for game forums unless I'm REALLY into the game.
So, that said, I'm wondering how more veteran players balance strategy and tactics. I come from the StarCraft-esque RTS crowd, where tactics plays a very important role in the overall play of the game. I tended to shy away from multiplayer because I can't click my mouse a billion times a minute, and when I started reading about Sins (I admit, it was the little "gameplay" tab up above lol) it says you don't have to play like StarCraft to be good at the game.
So I started playing, and I immediately noticed that tactics takes a backseat to overall strategy, at least early on in the game. I thought to myself, this is really cool! Finally, a game where I don't have to worry about who's attacking what! I thought, "hey, I might be good at this game, even on the multiplayer level." So I thought I'd check it out.
Now, I can't play MP right now because I only have the original Sins - I didn't download it, I have the disc lol. But I want to. So I started checking out the forums here and reading about how people go about their strategies and playing the different races (I'm not a total n00b when it comes to RTS games - I know my way around base-building), because I prefer to turtle and it seems to be working well for me (I've played multiple games on several different sized maps and numerous players and I come out on top every time - even against hard players). But then I get online here and see that a lot of posts are about fleet tactics and managing your fleet in battle.
This struck me as odd, if you can believe that.
So I wanted to really ask the gurus and strategy experts of these forums, because I'm wondering if I'm going about playing Sins the right way. Now, I know there's no "right" way or "wrong" way to play it (except the obvious lol, like all Zubats in your Pokemon deck), but I've read in several places that "turtling" isn't really a viable option in multiplayer. I mean, do people in MP focus their efforts on which ship is attacking which and the like? Or do they play more like me, letting the computer take care of the battles and responding to a win or loss by adjusting strategy?
For me, I queue up my buildings and fleets and explore when I have resources, but when it comes to actually conducting battles, I let the computer handle most everything. A lot of times I'll send a fleet off to a battle and leave them alone for minutes at a time, because I either a) have a well-balanced fleet (I know basic balancing and the like), and I tend to win like this. Is this common? Or is this something that only works in single player, and multiplayer is a whole different story?
I only own the original, no expansions as of yet (and a HUGE thanks to whoever wrote the stickyed beginner's guide, it was awesome...though I actually was doing most of that anyway lol)
I know, there's a lot of questions in very few words, but I'm at work and my break's almost over lol. So, let me try to sum all these questions up quickly:
1) Since battles take a long time, should I try and conduct them individually or let the computer handle it?
2) How long does a typical 4-player single player game take, on average? (I've been playing one for about 10 hours with no end in sight)
3) Is turtling effective in multiplayer?
4) Is turtling EVER effective, long-term?
I have more questions, but I've got to get back to work. Thanks in advance for any help you all give me