The game started with me not on the front-line (Yay!) So i quickly opened with a Akkan, captured 2 roads, volcano and a moon with colonisers+akkan and rushed for the neutrals near me. Within a couple of minutes i was number one eco in the game when the trade ports finished constructing accompanied by one culture post at my hw.
As games go, this was one of those game where it felt that me and dumdeed where fighting the rest and i was feeding a noob to oblivion who just couldn't do shit. What ended up happening is i was feeding one side and Dumdeed wasn't getting the full support from his neighbour..
The game ended badly because i kept telling the newcomer to escape a missile barrage, which he didn't and i ended up building (stupidly) corvettes instead of high armour kodaks/carriers to at least survive a missile barrage. What happened next was a stupid mis-click (yes the mighty mis-click) at the newcomers hw when i took my eye off the gravity and ended up running for my life from a missile barrage which took the lifes of my entire corvette fleet--50+.. His mars hit level 7 and dumdeed quit in rage.
Dumdeed-- ion bolt couldn't save me, i couldn't save me. I screwed up..
<This is my fourth Missile Barrage incident and i have to say that ability is a game ender>
I don't see why anyone should build any other cap.