Yeah multiplayer vs. AI is my favorite thing to do, its wicked fun
Just be prepared for some long games though if you set it on normal speed and have a huge galaxy. Not that long games are a bad thing since you can save at any time and if the other player drops out you can just load back in from an autosave or you can let an AI player take over for your friend.
i think you and i will get along nicely
(with work and such....im too tired to play against other humans...so playing against the ai is all i have the mind to do with alot of my games now these days)
we should get together sometime and play against the ai.....i have some free time coming up this weekend for once....if you are up for it