I recently picked this pack up and am a complete noob to the game. I'm also not a big RTS guy, so I lack a decent general knowledge for RTS's.
That said, I've tried 4 games now against the CPU, on easy, and I get wiped every time. I pick a small map...7 planets...right around the time I get to colonizing my 3rd planet, I get wiped by the enemy force...who usually has 3 big ships to my 1.
I'm constantly out of money, but usually have plenty of metal and crystal, which I'm selling on the black market for credits. My guess is I'm building and researching in the wrong order leaving me vulnerable and broke all the time.
Any suggestions on build order / some basic strats for SoaSE?