Wait, its possible to provoke races into war with each other? That is awesome!
You can do diplomatic proposals with any race you have contact with at any time, and one of them is "declare war on... (pick race)". Another is "make peace with... (pick race they're at war with)".
Those won't work generally if they have really good (or bad, respectively) relations with the target race and/or not-great relations with you, but you can use the "start rumor" action to try to improve/reduce their relations with another race, and you can give them stuff and do a lot of other things to improve your relations with them.
In my case the Humans eventually took out the Hive, so now it's just the Dryads (who are my eternal allies at this point, basically), the Humans, and the Drakk. So:
- Asked the Dryad to give me contact with the Humans, and they like me so much they were willing to for free.
- I'd already killed a lot of bosses that the Humans were worried about so there were like six quests I'd inadvertendly done for them that I was able to turn-in all at once upon contacting them, popping me up a level due to XP and making them like me pretty well (hopefully getting my foot in the door to stop a war between them and the Dryad if one happens).
- I learn that the Humans are at war with the Drakk and are a bit on the rocky-relations side with the Dryad so I bought contact with the Drakk from the humans and then gave it to the Dryad and asked the Dryad to declare war on the Drakk.
Presumably the Drakk can't survive all that, so then my main challenge is either keeping the Dryad and Humans from killing each other long enough to ally each other and get the humans to ally me (winning the sector) or build up the Dryad enough and get them to DoW the humans and kill them all... wait, (*checks which planet he's playing the game on*), that might not be good
Are there a lot of options for new game settings, either currently or planned?
I don't know, ask the developer
My guess is yes; I saw a lot of new options pop up in Din's compared to what was available in its first beta version, and there's a very strong sense in which Drox is "Din's in space", though the actual gameplay is really different (diplomacy wasn't really a part of Din's, for example, though it was in DoP).