Back to playing this game after viewing Quill18's livestream yesterday, I often forget how amazing this game is. But perhaps I've been spoiled by games that allow me to select my opponents. My main concern is I don't like the aliens. In fact, I feel the original 7 factions are the best, and in some ways I prefer the original game over the expansion. Though I can't actually play the game without the exansion (GOG version). Though I might be able to dig out my disk version and see if that runs on Win10. I suppose you could maybe do it via a scenario, but I wouldn't remember how to set it up after all these years. back in 2000 I used to play with that stuff, but that was a little while ago. As far as I can tell, there's no way to really customize the game options in this game, or am I missing something? The game holds up well. Though I may need to bump up the difficulty level, didn't want to start too high after all this time. Only challenge has been alien attacks, even as I'm playing the Gaians.