In large games, two players may spend signifcant periods of time building huge warfleets. When these fleets meet, the factors that determine who will be victorious can be difficult to judge. For this reason, most advanced players will attempt to predict the outcome by running a separate copy of the game, attempting to duplicate the composition of the fleets as closely as possible, and watching the results. If the result is the loss of your fleet then it is better not to engage.
Stars! Supernova Genesis
The huge popularity of the original Stars! game convinced the developers that there would be a market for a sequel. They formed a company called Mare Crisium and began development of Stars! Supernova Genesis. This was intended to be a much more advanced game, with significantly better graphics, and also to remove some of the irritations of the original (such as the level of micro-management).
Unfortunately there was little interest from games publishers who by that time had become focussed exclusively on the games console and high-end 3D games markets, and so the project was eventually abandoned.
Tools and Utilities
Over the years a number of third party tools and utilities have been developed to help players manage their empires. These are invariably distributed as freeware, and several of them are of particularly high quality. These utilities can generally be found during a quick search through some of the websites listed below (external links) and downloaded for immediate use.
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