This might be a special case, but it was pretty brutal. I wonder if anyone can give me some advice on how I might proceed next time.
I was playing against a Peacemaker and a Viral Enthusiast and doing quite well against both of them. At three hours I had scouted the AI homeworlds, by seven hours I had all but one ARS, a Factory IV, and fabricators for Youngling Tiger V, Speed Boosters, and Spider Bots. Eight hours in and one CPA later, I still had the Tigers.
I'd started with Stealth Battleships, and found Tractor Platforms, Microfighters, MLRS's and Autocannons from the ARS. I felt pretty good about my chances for the first homeworld, but there were several problems.
The two coreworlds both had AI eyes on them, and there was a raid engine on the homeworld. AIP was low, 262 when I first started the battle. This mean that the waves were only 400-500 strong, but they were still mark IV and coming every couple of minutes. I used hit and run tactics and tried to minimize the time I spent alerting the homeworld. I made progress, but slowly, and took a more or less continuous beating the whole time, but eventually the AI eye fell. I withdrew to regroup and rebuild my fleet.
The Raid Engine was about as far away from the wormhole as it could get, and in between were a Mark V Viral Swarmer Colony and a Core Guard Post that spawned about 1700 Neinzul Cockroaches when I got within striking distance of it. Between that and the hundreds of swarmers already released, it was a massacre. The fleet I had sent in was destroyed in seconds, and the cockroaches and Core ships from the homeworld destroyed the remainder of the fleet, and the rest of my empire, mere minutes after that.
I've never seen anything like it. It was beautiful and terrifying and impressively lethal. I just can't see how I could have avoided it. I wasn't playing with Golems or Spirecraft on, or I might have used Artillery or Penetrators. The Neinzul Spawner post was right by the Raid Engine, so as soon as I fired on it I would trigger that wave of doom. Any thoughts on what I could have done better in this situation? I'm sorry I didn't think to get a screenshot, but I was preoccupied.