« on: January 26, 2012, 03:02:30 AM »
The biggest help to me personally was learning to defend BOTH sides of a wormhole(I learned this from Lois McMaster Bujold). Meaning, you build a bunch of turrets, tractor beams and possibly a FF or two on your side, then take out the biggest threats on the other side and rush some mobile builders and engineers in there.
Get a FF(possibly more than one as they are absurdly, incredibly good) right next to the wormhole to force a fight there. I will usually get 30-40 of the basic turrets (MLRS, Basic, Sniper, etc.) and place them around the forcefield. Naturally, if it's very late game, you'll want to max out the number of turrets and always run with a heavy escort(non-frd since you want your ships fighting near your turrets).
Ideally, do this on a world that has a Drill(make sure to NOT take over the world, as the AI will destroy the drill!). Other things that help: Black Hole Gen under the FF's (keep in mind a few ship types are immune to this so it's not a 100% guarantee), Armor Inhibitor, Spider Turrets/ Riot ships to slow down the biggest threats and possibly some mines on your side of the wormhole (by "some", I mean 50-100+).
You can even put a logistics station on the friendly side of the hole to make sure you can get reinforcements there asap. The resources lost from this are negligible compared to the benefits.