Thanks for the advice.
After figuring out I just had to wipe out the NPC faction bases in the same way you wipe out pirates in the standard game, I was able to focus entirely on the Borg.
Using your advice I was able to disable most Borg ships without too many of my own ships being assimilated. Once I wiped out their main fleet… which was quite large, filled with assimilated Klingons and Romulans. I was able to take out the Borg colonies, only occasionally being hit with counter attacks.
Eventually the Borg surrendered and the game was won, and then my self, the Klingons and Romulans went on to wipe out the last Borg planet with a huge combined force.
Now I have discovered the “Fortune Favours the Bold” map, which is excellent, exactly what I was looking for.
After looking about the web to figure out which faction starts in which location I was able to set up a “cannon” game.
Some questions though:
How do I set up in other locations other than Bajor?
Is their a way to name the other factions and select their portrait?
The game it self is surprisingly following the cannon closely.
1. Dark Blue – Federation – Bajor - Me
5. Light Blue – Federation – Earth
2. Red – Klingons - ? (Can’t remember the names of the Klingon starter planets)
6.Orange– Klingons - ?
3. Dark Green – Romulan –Romulus
7. Turquoise – Remans (Romulans) - Remus
4. Purple – Cardassians (Dominion) – Cardassia
8. Pink – Dominion – Whole Gamma Quadrant
Starting off I got some scouts up and running to see what the area was like. Had a little difficulty/slow start as I seemed to be surrounded by hostile pirate factions and most planets couldn’t be colonized until I had done some research for those types of planets.
Using the Enterprise-C type capital ship I was able to take a few planets and begin expanding. Got some research stations up and running and began my research.
Once I got up and running, I noticed my Starfleet ally was having some difficulty, again due to being surrounded by a lot of hostile pirate factions. Only owning Earth, Lunar and Venus.
I decided to help him out and sent my fleet over to help clear Mars and some of the other sectors out.
It was at this point I noticed the Klingons were being quite aggressive, having expanded a fair bit taking planets like Trillus Prime and Vulcan. Whilst I didn’t really want to go to war with the Klingons I felt I had little choice if I wanted my ally to survive.
Trillus Prime seemed like a great tactical location having a lot lanes going to it. I sent my fleet there and took the planet, then proceeded to fortify the location. It was a good thing I did as well as the area was continuously under attack by large fleets from the red Klingon faction. Several times I lost a fully upgraded Star Base.
During this time my Federation ally had been fighting a war with the Dark Green Romulans. Mainly around Uranus which kept changing hands. Pluto was oddly controlled by the Orange Klingons, who I had seen a little less off.
It was then that I noticed the Turquoise Remuns, only owned 1 planet which was Remus, with the rest of the Romulan sector belonging to Romulas. I was quite amused by this fact, as it fit cannon perfectly.
It was at this time I decided to try and make peace with the Red Klingon faction (for some reason the relation seemed to be +7~/-10~. Which I was hoping would make things easier. Over time I sent wave after wave of Diplomacy ships (and some resources) to all the Red Klingon planets, the ships would be lost but eventually I got a + modifier on my side.
Just when thing were looking up the Red Klingons sent a huge fleet to Trillus Prime, and engaged my main fleet. With the diplomatic relationship and 3.5 I was able to ask for a ceasefire, which the Klingons agreed to sparing most of our fleets.
With the ceasefire in place, my diplomatic ships had a much easier time and our diplomatic relationship started to shoot up. Things again were looking good but then for reasons unknown their view of me started dropping, it was up in the 15~ and dropped almost down to 5~ but with several requests to them to send diplomatic ships to my sectors, the relationship stabilised and then went back up. Now at a solid 20/20.
Up to this point the relations with the Dominion/Cardassia had been very quiet. I did notice scouts starting to come through the wormhole but nothing major. I did however decide to reinforce the DS9 sector with a Star Base, 6 capitol ships and 20 Akira’s. After all the Dominion did have the whole Gamma quadrant to them selves, and there must be a huge fleet waiting back there. With scouts coming through I knew they had wormhole travel researched, better to be safe than sorry.
Looking at Galaxy I noticed the Orange Klingons did not have many planets. In fact they mainly seemed to own Nebulas. It looks like the only planets they owned were the Klingon home world, Venus and Pluto.
With one solid Klingon alliance by my side, and this smaller one still causing trouble I decided to wipe the smaller faction out. Returning Pluto and Vulcan to my Federation ally and hopefully making the whole area a little more stable.
I took Pluto with no real problems as well as the different special anomalies scattered between it and Vulcan. Occasionally running into Romulan fleets now and then. I eventually made it to Vulcan, where I am now battling to retake the planet.
As all this was happening it had been a good thing I had begun to reinforce DS9. I had had a few minor skirmishes with the Dominion but nothing major. Normally resulting in the Dominion retreating.
However just as I began my attack to retake Vulcan and HUGE Domionion force came through the wormhole and so the battle for DS9 began.
And this is where I am now. I have had to come into work and will continue where I left off later.
I just like the fact that quite a few things match up to the cannon.
The Federation initially having a war with the Klingons and Romulans.
A peace treaty being made with the Klingons and then becoming allies.
The Romulans dominating the Romulan sector, other than Remus.
And finally a huge dominion force coming through the wormhole and war with the Dominion.
I just have to wonder what the Cardassians are up to.