--- Marisa's Log 2nd Era - 2400.7
This new instance has only 1 empire other than the Gensokyo Coven (now Berserkers under my Tyrannical rule). This empire was forged out of 3 combining together (we made them surrender to each other before passing it to the simulation to control). We both started with some initial technology to reflect roughly where I got up to previously (minus all the weapons research) then gave this simulated empire even more of a tech boost. If things work right, they'll have x7 build speed bonus, and we gave them better Space Yards anyway just in case that isn't implemented. They also have much superior Research Centres and with 9 Homeworlds to my 3, they should be getting ahead of me on research. They start at the other 3 corners of the Quadrant and have all 3 colonisation technologies at their disposal.
Oh and we disallowed colonisation of unbreathable atmospheres, so the simulated empire doesn't have to fumble with domed colonies. All Vision has been switched on such that everyone can see everything happening and as a challenge I won't be staring at what their home defences are like. Finally, we switched off Intelligence operations to further streamline the simulated empire's efforts.
Now to see how this works out in practice...