yeah i prefer having enemy build up at the cc only. Makes it a whole lot easier to reneuter if I have to (warp gate guardians HAVE to be destroyed, or they will cause me pain).
Speaking of warp gate guardians, the most silly thing just happened. While I moved my fleet back to destroy the warp gate guardian that just spawned on Whorl, another one spawned, also on Whorl. That's kind of pointless lol. Ah well, all the better for me.
While I was busy keeping enemy numbers low on Rabbit, I found out that the first shard is on Doom Dragon. Shouldn't be to hard to retrieve (I hope), but I will wait till after I get my first ARS.
Meanwhile I have scouted as far as I can with mk III scouts (for now), so it's time to take over Cutlass. The blade spawners and ion cannons were destroying me, but luckily I had enough resources to rebuild my whole fleet (which isn't that large yet anyway). Unfortunately a wave of about 250 bombers had to spawn during the process -.- took a while to take them out, but I managed it.
I'm about 2 hours ingame now and I already own more planets than I had in my previous attempt (which ended at nearly 10 hours). Even though i haven't started killing wormhole guard posts yet, I doubt it will take me 7 and a half hours to do so. I blame the Dyson Sphere for this
No constant hammering on my planets. I actually have some breathing room now.
I expect the first Spirecraft exo warning to show up soon, but I'm confident that it won't be to much trouble just yet.
Allright, time for my first real challenge in this game. Neutering Haures. Haures has is mk III world, has an AI Eye, a counter guard post and a mk III fortress. My only advantage here is that my wormholes are not in the fort's range (which is quite a huge advantage actually).
Had to sacrifice my fleet in order to take out a few guard posts (which were near the fort), but the AI eye died in a few minutes and after that the fort was easy.
Counter attack will land on Clay Gargoyle, so I gotta prepare for that. Also the first exo warning showed up, but I still got about 30 minutes before it hits.
next time I'll deal with the exo, take the ARS, and then start fully neutering worlds around me.