Saber-Fury wrote:if you like skill-based competition and fights, no. If you like being a virtual king running an empire to make yourself feel good, yes.
That's a very accurate description of why I stopped playing. I played casually from 2004 to 2011.
Space fights made Starport popular and fun, IMHO. Building empires alone is tedious and boring - building in this game should only serve the purpose of creating something to fight over. It wasn't one specific patch, but an accumulation of changes over time (from about 2007 on) altered the simplicity and fun of space fights. The thrill and adrenaline during an epic space battle (or battling on a planet surface) just isn't there when building or invading mass empires alone - and that's what you end up doing with most of your time.