I am not sure about what anyone else thinks, but I have a suggestion. When you are creating a game, it would be really helpful if there was a graphic of the shape of the star system or systems.
For example if I was to click on Balance of Power in the small map window, below the text description should be an screen shot of what the entire layout looks like. Not the kinds of planets or anything, just the shape of the system including the phase lanes. This way I could determine if the map is worth playing against two computers. I mean lets face it, when you chose a map with two unfair level computers the map you choose to play on makes a huge difference. Anyone agree with that idea?