And you know, having played through a whole chunk of the game now, I'm enjoying it even more. As to the point about diplomacy, it's called "Empire at War", not "Empire Has A Casual Chat About Legality Of Torture And Personal Freedoms", and there wasn't a lot of diplomacy present in the SW movies, anyway, not except before the Clone Wars and until after Endor... and that's only in the books. The one thing that is striking me, is that more and more it seems like the game screens I was mocking up nearly two years ago... which I was doing before I even heard about the game. The way it plays is similar, too... and placement of things in the HUD... hehehe, I like that ^^ My design document just had more detail in it, more systems for ships, more orders... but god, they look similar... right down to the hologram of Vader in the corner giving you your orders I've played this game giggling. Also like the Mt Tantiss complex on Weyland, and the other little nods to books and movies I've seen about the place.