Hi all, Today I started a game of ISG Pre-Alpha8 (impossible, medium map), I will relate the play-through for you and also give some hints to newer players that will save them some needless grief. The current game is at turn 50. I have Sierra at Terra and Ka2120 at Ivliuf… and that leads me to the first hint. I had both of these leaders assigned when I finished research for Economic capitol. Guess what, they both then desired that I build it in their respective colonies at the same time. This means no matter what I do, one of them will be pissed off. If you want to avoid this, here is what to do. Prior to completing your research you must un-assign all colony leaders except the one located where you wish to build the econ-cap. Un-assigned colony leaders do not generate desires (only ship leaders do that). You must then keep all colony leaders un-assigned until the project is completed. Yeah I know, not very elegant but it works. Now notice my survey ship (second hint). If you want to avoid losing it to a space monster when exploring, have a Frigate escort it. In this way, if a monster is present, the choice for manual combat is activated, choose manual and flee on your first turn. Both the FF and Survey ship will withdraw. Without an escort, the Survey ship is lost automatically. Looking at my map there is not much going on now. I’m holding my colony ship in reserve until I find a better world to colonize, right now everything I un-covered is deficient. Research is smooth and I have already concluded vaults, swamp col, desert col, scanners, shields and econ cap. Space culture is rapid and I am half way through the Adventure section already. I scrapped the starting FFs for some cash but have two of my nasty gun Frigates constructed, they can more than handle anything the AI can throw at them this early but expect more ships to be built once my econ cap is complete.