Cool, thanks Barn0. I've made loads of changes.
The gameplay is still very slow, it takes a couple of hours before the Gorg show up and start to give you a major headache, and then it's hours later until the Swarm make an appearance. However, I know most people won't like that but I love it. I really enjoy the slow building up and exploring phase of the game and then all of a sudden aliens show up and it's all out war to save the human race.
The humans look great at the minute. Loads of ships and structures, an almost full research tree, loads of cool abilities. I've changed the back story, you now start with the humans in modern day. With the International Space Station and Hubble telescope in orbit. A shuttle is launched from Earth which can deploy astronauts to build and so begins the exploration of space. If the devs would open the trigger function up I've got loads of cool ideas to improve gameplay. The beta will only have the humans as a playable race in single player mode because of AI issues, basically, building structures in space is a big deal for humans and needs careful management and the AI can't cope with it. There are some workarounds but I don't want to compromise on them.
The Swarm are horrible and unstoppable. But again I love this! During playtesting, albeit after a good few hours! A Swarm scout showed up in one of my outer colony systems. Within an hour a huge Hive fleet was running amok and required my entire fleet to stop it. I then had Gorg raids to deal with and the creeping dread knowing that the Swarm would be back.
I've removed some of the critical damage system function. If human or gorg ships are damaged to certain point they can start to loss functions such as engines, weapons and abilities. I've removed the critical damage bit which would cause an explosion which damaged nearby ships, simply because I was losing entire fleets to a chain reaction of explosions. Which was cool at first but became a major pain due to the lack of being able to control ship fleet formations.
Watch this space!!!