Hi all! I've been playing the beta for about 2 weeks now. My first games on normal and challenging were a breeze. Now Im playing on expert and losing every time, so I clearly still dont really know what im doing. As a result, my faction power rating (or whatever the number next to my faction name in the upper right corner is) is much lower than my adversaries, usually to the tune of 4x lower. But this was true on the lower difficulties as well, yet didn't seem to mean anything. So what actually does into this number, and why is mine so low? And how reliable of an indicator of power is it (particularly on higher difficulties)?
I've noticed that my expansion seems very slow, so I think this must be a factor.Every time I try to expand quickly, my settlements just get eaten by wandering monsters. Does anyone want to offer a list of expansion strategies? Preferably ones that don't use custom sovereigns/ factions, because they seem overpowered vis-a-vis the defaults.
I've also been playing on ravaged/ desert worlds, because I don't like how quickly greener worlds urbanize as the AI puts down loads of cities. What's the community opinion on which world settings are fun/balanced?