At the risk of being run out of town, though I might just through this one out there... a suggestion (to Stardock) and for general feedback on what I think would be great things to focus on in the next couple of patches. This is stuff i'd personally like to see but also fairly common things that are mentioned here. For all we know some of this stuff is already being worked on (here's hoping), or being improved in the expansion, or will never be looked at for whatever reason... but in an case for what it's worth.....
The 1.2 patch was mostly AI improvements, predominately strategic (and a handful of fixes not least of which is that AI tech trading bug which from all reports is now resolved - thanks). The 1.3 focus appears to be playability glitches, which is great - hopefully we get a few of this annoying bits and pieces sorted.
My thoughts on what would be great to focus on the next 3 patches:
1.4 Diplomacy / Diplomatic AI (this is quite probably the weakest area now, for a 4x game that's a real bummer. Some work on this would really go a long way. Doesn't need an overhaul.. just some balancing work, tweak a few things.. add a couple of options like demands etc)
1.5 UI improvements (Darxim made some great suggestions in this thread http://forums.elementalgame.com/439642 would be good to see some work done on this)
1.6 Tactical / Tactical AI (I know Stardock have indicated that tactical will never be the main focus on whatever... no problems with that, but it would be great to get slightly smarter AI in terms of who they target (for web/missiles etc), as well as some sort of LOS maybe). Would be good to see the autoresolve get some love sometime too so maybe that could also be squeezed in here
Well thats my 2c on the subject. Add 1.7 mod support issues and i'll be stoked.
Love the game, hope to see it gets some more love in these areas.