Its what Stardock does after Rebellion is released that will determine whether this game is ever "balanced" enough for your standards. What they could have done in Diplomacy is mostly irrelevant.
What they could have done in Diplomacy and before (regarding balance) is relevant. If they didn't see fit to put the resources and time and energy into balancing the game before, I don't see a reason to assume they would do so in an expansion.
He didn't get the beta, he hasn't bought Rebellion.
You got it, Mr. Haze - thanks.
Anyway, such is RTS, Kharma, what is balanced and unbalanced changes like the seasons, when you think you're close, someone out there comes up with something and bam, new unbalanced strategy. I've yet to see a truly balanced RTS.
I'd have a little more sympathy for this viewpoint if there was ever a serious attempt by the devs to balance the game. Thing is, I never saw one. They didn't seem to view it as a serious concern and a long-term process they had to put resources and energy into. They just took a few haphazard whacks at it and figured that's all they needed to do.
The situation you describe of a developer doing "due diligence" in trying to balance an RTS only to have some guy come up with a strat that proves the need for further balancing doesn't seem to apply here. There were serious issues that everyone knew about that went on and on for eons without any adjustment by the devs. Even now, years and years into the game, I'm guessing (you can correct me if I am wrong) that long-range frigate spam is as dominant as it ever was. If so, don't you think that could have been fixed eons ago by someone who was even casually committed to some form of balance?
Instead of complaining, saying broad terms like 'the game is unbalanced. Fix it or I'm gone,' put in the time to see what is unbalanced and come up with fixes yourself and suggest them to the devs.
First off, I didn't say anything like "fix it or I'm gone." Secondly, you really aren't familiar with this game's history, are you? My guess is, you weren't around when I and many others in fact DID come up with tons of fixes ourselves, and suggest them to the devs. Bottom line, at least know what you are talking about and get your facts straight before opening your mouth.
Oh wait, what's that? You haven't played in 'eons?' Then you're a troll, blabbing about something you know nothing about. Go away. We don't want your kind here.
I'm not going anywhere. My guess is, I was here way before you darkened the doorstep. And if anything, it seems as if you are the one blabbing of things he knows nothing about, not me. If you don't like my posts, you can choose not to read them. In fact, I'm guessing there might even be an "ignore" function here somewhere. If so, may I suggest you avail yourself of it?
He was voicing concerns about the imbalance in the current game (Diplomacy/Trinity) and how he fears Rebellion is going to make it worse.
Right as always, Mr. Haze. Always nice to meet a respectful, thoughtful, mature person on any online forum. Alas, it's so rare.
Thanks, and regards.