I had an amusing sequence last night.
I’m on a planet with extra RPR spawners and stronger RPR armies. Messing around with Shakarn for the first time (they’re interesting, I’m really feeling the lack of healing though). Right next to my capital, there’s a Hopperhound spawner, a RPR spawner, and of course a minor-controlled landmark.
As usual I immediately attack the landmark so I can annex it as my first sector. Lose my Infiltrator, but whatevs, worth it. Clear a couple neutrals, get some pickups, you know the deal. Get my first colony founded (annoyingly right on the other side of the RPR spawner that I can’t quite clear yet). Waiting for research to complete so I can mod my dudes and crank out another T2 dude and get the dumb spawner cleared.
The turn before that happens, the Psi-Fish spawn an attacking army on me, a freakin’ four-stack of Hopperhounds takes my colony, and a SIX-stack of RPRs take my capital. I’m cityless on like turn 10, y’all.
(Took the cap back right away and my colony the next turn, but STILL. Neutrals can be real buttholes in Planetfall, and I love it.)