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I imagine some people will be buying the game during the sale this weekend and trying it for the first time, so this seems like a good time to share this advice.

If the game is slow, choppy, and prone to freezing, try disabling LEAN maps in the graphics options. I did this when experiencing those problems, and the game is now quick and responsive.

Another quick tip: Patch 1.7 is in beta and should be released soon. It revises starbase management, which can become a pain on the larger maps, so you might want to wait for the patch before starting a big galaxy.

Not sure how often I'll check this board, but I'm available for advice if needed. Feel free to ping me if you're asking a question but not getting any responses. I just finished a 400+ turn huge galaxy (won via tech victory), so I've got a pretty good feel for how most things work.
Post edited April 16, 2016 by SeduceMePlz