I think I’m going to enjoy this game a lot more after a few expansions.
At the core it’s great fun. I find the UI to be pretty easy to get used to for the most part although it’s not perfect. I had a grand old time trying to figure out where I could adjust my race’s traits!
My current game with the Science Molluscs is just running itself right now. I’ve populated the habitable planets available to me. The map is fairly blocked out now with most factions being in alliances and federations. I think I’m supposed to be in late-game but I’m just waiting years and years for something to happen with the game on fastest trying to burn through research.
I keep getting messages about Robot AI on the other side of the galaxy but it only made a brief appearance about a hundred years ago. It’s sitting in a rivals space so there is nothing I can do about it.
I’m just going to have to start some wars for something to do, but it isn’t clear about when I can declare it and when I can’t. I think I’ll uninstall for a while once/if this game concludes.
I’m using that type of FTL that only works along specific paths. My areas across the map are connected by allied empires but it’s a bit of a pain, being so spread out.
Edit: I think I’m too caught up in Alpha Centauri nostalgia. I’d like more of CK2’s personality driven events to try to substitute people like Miriam and Yang but I might be unfair in my expectations.