Love this new patch,
The last four games I have played against normal TEC AI, have all ended with my planets being continuously bombarded by their Super Weapon spam, and consequently, result in me loosing those planets, and then game.
It would be nice to either be able to a) turn off at the setup screen, the ability to build super weapons should we wish or b ) code in some kind of ethical (we won’t shoot you if you don’t shoot us - MAD) AI behaviour, as for now, all my games are turning into "The first to get the crazy giant space gun is winrar".
Also on a related note, anyone else finding the Advent Super Weapon kinda... well, lacking...
If you aren't playing against Cruel or Vicious you should easily have the spare funds to defend against the Novalith. Build a starbase at your important worlds and upgrade them with Auxiliary Government or your race's equivalent. This is easily done by the time the AI has enough funds to research and build the Novalith.
Or, if you see the warning that a superweapon is being built, just send your fleet there and destroy it. Especially if you're just playing on Normal, you shouldn't take that many casualties.
If you're TEC you could just send like 7 scouts with Timed Explosives to completely destroy the Novalith.
If you're still having a problem with superweapons, remember that each one costs as much as a moderate fleet: if your enemy invests in superweapons and doesn't have a massive income advantage (Cruel or Vicious), you should be able to build a fleet of your own and steamroll your enemy's fleet, get to the superweapon, and destroy it.
But you're right that the Advent superweapon really needs some love.