Thanks for those suggestions. I’m interested in both flavor and mechanics, so maybe I’ll sample some DLC from both categories. And a plant species sounds fun. I’ve watched a bit of Quill18’s “Holy Romaine Empire” and found it quite funny. He’s got quite the salad going.
My current game is still lots of fun. I got the achievement for having an alien rule my empire. A bird immigrant somehow rose to prominence and won my election, lol. Also, a neighboring robotic race invited me into a Federation for a while, but they got annoyed with me for refusing to declare war on a neighbor. They also didn’t like that I supported inviting a third race to join the Federation. Eventually they left the Federation in a huff. It all made me laugh!
I’ve been playing on Fastest for a while, and I’m now up to 2340 or so. I wonder if I’m pausing too much, because other folks seem to finish games quicker than I am. Here’s a look from a few years ago, when I was still in the Federation. I’m the United Nations of Earth, at bottom.