This is the case...
The hard AI is human, which is worrying. They are expanding FAST, which is worrying. Together this is VERY worrying. Right now I have ceasefires with everybody but ceasefire only means that if we happen to meet at nobody's colony we don't shoot.
What we MUST do in order to win this game is cut the crap and start the war or the AI with its 150% economy and 150% research will eat us alive. Considering that lizards are traditional cuisine in many parts of Earth, it may be taken literally.
So we go for it!
Our first use of DF laden cruisers! BTW, at the end of this report these are fusion powered.
AAAAhhhhhh, my kind of people.
We take every opportunity to cover our back.
Heh, during our exploration an interesting thing happens.
Our scouts are destroyed BUT we get a glimpse of our enemy's cruisers.
Heavy combat lasers. Not a shocker really.
An intermediate empire report, our latest intel.
We go for their real colonies!
And don't like what we see...
Erm, that is 5 DREADNOUGHTS!!! Damn, DAMN that 150% research!!! Ok, ok, breathe easy, breathe easy... I did want to show you a harder struggle this time, I guess I had it coming!
Ok, don't worry, we have an ans...
We can man...
GET A GRIP, DAMMIT!
Yep, those are DNs all right. They are not something really special as far as DNs go, really, but they are DNs. The main problem is that they can take a lot of pounding. If we don't succeed to take at least one down all the sacrifice is for nothing. It will be repaired while our ships will be gone.
It will be repaired.
In the next turn we try to make as much damage as we can.
Looked great but none of those shuttles actually made it to the surface. Planetary missiles took them all down, the last was just about to enter the atmosphere. But didn't.
Sooooooo... what are we gonna do?
Frankly, we'll go ugly. Unfair. Cheapo. Bastardly. But not bio. So, research will go into jammers for decoy fleets, slightly later into DNs to hold our ground, our factories will start producing masses but our first action is to augment our fleets with something to slow the enemy down. Preferably to a halt.
I hope we get better versions, too, but Kača "Snake" DEs are going to go into production immediately as we get this tech.
IMO we have seen the grunt of Human fleet as they had warning of our arrival but should they decide to just throw this fleet at us we better have something ready or we're doomed. We were pretty stingy on ships production until now to have as little upkeep as possible but right now we can't afford to save money, however weird this seems. Yet we don't have enough to just build and build. And we need to invest into our economy (trade), too.
Expect some serious action next time.