So it’s turn 11. Through use of good fleet design and some reloading from backups, I’ve conquered Rana II and Kasheemun on Normal difficulty. I hit end-turn, and Kasheemun is attacked by 7 squadrons of fighters, nine cruisers, and a frigate. Again, this is on turn 11, and that’s actually one of the less ridiculous fleets. Even if I pull every ship I have to defend, I have virtually no chance of beating back the invasion.
I ultimately managed to hang on by pulling my forces back then re-attacking Kasheemun next turn, but really, should fleets that size really be seen so early. It seems to me that since the goal of this game is to have fun, hitting people with Kobayashi Maru-style scenarios seems a bit mean-spirited, particularly on Normal. Of course, the lack of any late-game difficulty adjustment would need to be accounted for, since steamrolling fleets a quarter of your own size is boring, but it seems reasonable to base such a formula off of territory controlled, with enemies getting more resources and becoming more aggressive, say, when your territory exceeds 25%, 50%, and 75% of the galaxy. Hitting someone with massive fleets on Turn 11 seems right out, no matter what the situation.
So what are your thoughts?