Just finished and posted my first game - man, conquest victories on abundant planets are tedious, even with a small galaxy. I just can't imagine how you guys finish on gigantic galaxies. It must be INSANE. Anyway, the game was quite satisfying and very easy as well. Time to go up to Tough and a bigger galaxy.
This game ended up with slightly less than 20000 points, but I am happy with it.
The biggest thing I have learned from this game is that the MCC is simple AWESOME! Without it, the game would have run a lot longer. A careful use of influence starbases towards the end when I was running low on transports made the game end very quickly. I love evil now just because of the MCC itself!
I have earned the Ensign medal too! W00t!