Yeah, played a bit more. Finally getting the hang of it. I've got a partial idea of how to balance the money, but I still get random drops (which might be due to making or upgrading stations, I dunno).
Spent roughly an hour trying to get in a fight with some Tarka (think it was their capital system) before I realised that I had to set a formation before they went invading. Now my ships keep spawning so close to the star they're almost in it.
Or 5 turns being unable to make a new fleet at my capitol for...some reason. I have no idea what it was. Had everything in place (CNC, armours. Only 4 other fleets.) and they were the only ships based there. I could make fleets at every other colony system though.
Or having to do the battle-mode selection before every AI battle, as well as before your own.
I can see a good game in there, but its wrapped in all this...annoying stuff. It takes too long to access and do things (half framerate, half just all the clicks needed, like making stations). I really want to get in a scrap, but its almost unnecessarily difficult to do so. Still can't figure out how to tell which planet is which in the combat/defense view.