Since I find my own 9/9 crosshatch game hard enough already, this one will most likely be extremely deadly considering the settings, even though the difficulty itself is slightly lower.
Ah well, we'll see how far I get =)
Research stations all seem to have vanished so I figured I'd built one and spend some of our remaining knowledge. Gravity turrets and mk II scouts it is. Time to build some defenses first and scout the area. There doesn't seem to be any valid target nearby yet.
My leadership is being put to the test right away. Less than 2 minutes in and already a wave.
The wave was a joke, but we need tachyon stuff. I still got a few space planes left in my system.
Discovered the first Co-processor at oorark.
first SCL at Mikdesne, second one right next to it at Matyuhdark and another one also right next to it at Heve. I guess that's where we should advance towards for now. Not sure if I get there during my leadership though.
Next wave incoming so I unlocked tachyon beam emitters and Heavy beam cannons. Half the wave dies from a single volley of my HBC's, so that's working for sure.
Tunehas has already gone out of control and can't seem to get neutered no matter what I try. 2 Emp guardians there. I can manage to destroy them both just before my fleet gets wiped out and then the massive threat moves in and kills my systems. Even the massive turretball I've build can't stop them. There's one more thing left for me to try, but I need asteroids for that.
Guess I'll take Reweras then.
Meanwhile I got some hybrid attacks, some waves and some roaming enclaves going after the homeworld. The fortress the previous owner has built is holding them off fairly well, except for the youngling tigers (or was it weasels?) which are made of polycrystal. Build a few extra turrets and that's the end of that.
I barely managed to destroy most of Reweras' ships. Now i just need to do a full rebuild before I can take it.
Oh yeah, and an abnormally strong hybrid is now somewhere in the galaxy. Since I'm not capable of scouting everything in a 4-hop radius, this little warning will become our doom in a few hours.
Captured Reweras and put up some basic defenses. And this is as far my leadership goes. I've only played one hour, but this game is too hellish to play any longer. Constantly getting attacks from hybrids and enclaves and making progress is nearly impossible. Because we're playing against an Everything AI type, mk IV worlds are impossible to take out at all and the dyson sphere + hybrid plot will ultimately be our defeat.
Moderately hard challenge my butt
This is definitely the very hard / impossible kind of challenge.
May the poor sucker who is the next overlord do a better job than I did ^^
7/7 community games will probably be more my thing ^^
EDIT: that's true Cyborg. It would probably be best to leave it open then and let people claim it whenever they want.