My first real game experience:
Only colonized a couple worlds not knowing what to do..
Laughed at and threatened by other factions..
After hours of just trying to survive finally be stable and start growing.
Needed more planets, built up military.
Soon my military was stronger than some others, and I annihilated my neighbor.
Was finally stable, had enough planets, and military.
Jack Knife or some pirate people came in and stole my economic planets..
Got mad and went into debt..
Killed many of my people trying to take my planets back fighting my own people?
Finally got my planets back and had bigger ships, other factions finally respected me except for one who was still stronger than me.
My allies and I prepared to take him down, but then..the Dread Lords have returned?!
One by one my allies were destroyed, and I can't even see where the dread lords are because of all the fog in space..
Then I saw a dreadlord ship which was far superior than any of mine..
After that I decided I was playing too much and quit.
To sum it all up this is like a hardcore version of Civilization in space with random events and unexpected twists and turns.