I've been trying to play Crusade for about 12 hours now. I just realized ships require spam endless mining. WTF. Of course, the AI doesn't seem to have that limitation...
The game has gone from colony micromanagement to micromanagement of hundreds of mining stations that keep getting destroyed by an AI with no seeming limit on ships, build time, resource needs, cash or, you know, mercy.
I think that might be a little bit of an exaggeration. I tend to have, at most, ten to fifteen mining stations. That gets me all the various types of resources that I can mine in space. I don't need any more than that, because I tend to end up with a stockpile of the various resources in in the hundreds. If I need a few dozen more fleets, I'll build them, and still have resources left over. How is it that you can run so low on resources that you need "hundreds" of mining stations?
I have been able to build a fleet that can withstand enemy fleets twice (or more) their size. Mainly because I build small ships with the fleet shield and point defense generators. the shield and point defense effectiveness of each ship increases the more ships in the fleet. The only weakness to the fleet would be Kinetic damage. I haven't run into many enemy AIs that use Kinetics very often.
There is a reason that most, if not all, of the synthetic races are evil.