Why are you penalized for the game lasting a long time? I would think you would be rewarded for standing the test of time. You get more points if you are a warmonger and destroy your neighbors at an early stage in the game, than if you survive throughout the duration of history without firing a shot. That’s messed up.
Yes, you have the other versions of victory. Domination, Space Race, etc. But they all encourage you to finish earlier rather than later. That seems backwards to me. I always want the game to last as long as possible. Heck, I don’t see why there’s a timer at all. Why should there be a limit to how long the game can go? And, yes, I know you can keep playing after that, but you’ve already lost/won so what’s the point?
I guess its just not the game I’m looking for. I’ll keep playing. But there’s no way it will keep my interest for long. I’ve already started to drift away. Just too many things missing.