I am seriously lacking a good response to this for a variety of reasons.
And you did indeed not die from this.
This suggests that perhaps it is not cruel enough. Hmm, it is possible that some of the recent changes to balance may have lowered the difficulty a bit from what this mode was originally meant to have. As I've been specifically testing Expert, this idea had not occurred to me at all.
Need I come up with more ideas on how to make this more akin to it's proper intended difficulty? The original list of changes had seemed quite sufficient at the time, but....
Either way, kudos to you for that little performance there. Very amusing and impressive indeed.
It's also good to see videos of any of the higher difficulty modes being played. I've looked for good LPs of the game, but all of them that I've found are of Normal difficulty, never really any higher, which isnt very interesting, particularly considering how many skilled strategy gamers there are making videos of such games. So that just makes the video that much better, it does. More stuff like this needs to be made, I think. Heck, even for AI War it's difficult to find good videos of it, which is kinda baffling to me, that game being what it is. The same thing with Last Federation (either for combat or solar map difficulty, or both) which is another game that seems like it'd really lend itself well to videos of skilled play. Not to mention that that game in particular could be all sorts of hilarious.
It does occur to me that it'd be bloody stupid for me to not attempt this challenge as well, so I'll see about having a go at this within the next few days, when I'm feeling patient enough to deal with (yell at) the bloody recording software and the headset. Should be fun. And probably loud.
I gotta say, all this stuff so far has really re-vitalized the game. And I"d already spent a really damn silly amount of time with it to begin with, without it getting old, even despite some of the screwball balance problems it had up till now. Now it's even MORE addictive. Much thanks, Keith, for taking the time to do all of this. Arcen as a whole has such great commitment to the games they produce, and that's an impressive and rare fact.