“If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.”

stellaris 6 - “If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.”

I'm still learning this game; just shy of 500 hours. Playing on and off since this game came out and relearning after every major patch doesn't help (an exaggeration, but sometimes that's how it feels). But I'm getting the hang of it.

I started off with a machine race on a ringworld. No servitors, assimilators or exterminators. Just plain simple robots left alone on a forsaken ringworld on the edge of the galaxy.

My science ships are scouting around and behold, 7 jumps from capital I run into the first organic aliens. How interesting. I quickly do the special project, can't wait to meet the neighbours!

The project finishes and communications are opened. Oh, leaky lubricant and burned parts; those guys really don't look friendly; and the description calls them fanatical purifiers.

(This is the point where in the past I tend to restart, I like the peace and quiet build-up, and those rabid organics are so gonna mess up the neighbourhood.)

Well, that's just about the end of the current Five Year economic plan, time to really build some protection. I start shifting my focus from pure science to military concerns and begin building up my alloy production.

Our economy is equivalent, my tech edge is slowly increasing. But bolt, oh bolt, do those meatbags love their ships, their fleet power is overwhelming.

I'm building up my corvettes as fast as I can while maintaining a surplus of alloys to either build destroyers as they become available, or to make make starbases and increase their defences if they don't.


Their fleet power rating dropped to superior just as I finish researching destroyers and rush them into production. This is looking up, we might get through this fairly intact.

Then one of the science ships make a terrible discovery; our empires are connected at more than one choke-point.

I'm really not looking forward to the possible circle chase our fleets are gonna have to do and this forces a decision. Do I completely turtle up or do I make them bite on a bullet while I put five more rounds in their rabid heads?

My capitals starbase just finished upgrading to a starhold and with the extra spaceyard I decide to make all the destroyers I can.

I am way over the fleet limit now. The fleet is at their border. The army is waiting two systems back.

It's time to declare war.

A message pops up. Some silly buggers forgot they are living on a doomed planet and fate has come collecting. I feel a bit of pity, but anybody that dumb doesn't deserve more than a shake of the main sensor unit.

I click the message away. <MOOSH> Oh ….. it was the neighbours. That was too effing anti-climatic.

Ah well, free real estate and time to get the economy back on track. Oh yeah. Next time I'm turteling up and playing the hedgehog. The stress just isn't worth it.

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