Thank you, but I don't understand.
Set the Planets On "medium". Don't recall "medium ai".
Don't recall anything about bonuses or penalties in the tutorial. Deleted the manual , so I can't check.
Tried minimum planets, unlocked ai, three times with pirates, once without. Small fleet size.
These three losses I chalk up to being inexperienced.
Last time, on medium planets, locked "teams", no pirates, small fleet .
Actually got to colonize one planet and enjoying myself. Then the enemy ai hit like a swarm of red locusts. Left me thinking what "small fleet" actually meant.
Not dumping on you Goafan77, just trying to explain my position, as you were kind enough to give me some help. Which, by the way was very much appreciated.
What I've played in the past:
Homeworld. Probably on "medium" Very well liked.
Total War: Rome, Medieval 2, (hard battle, medium diplomacy) Napoleon.
Battle of Britain 2. Combination strategy and sim.