Hey guys Dunno if anyone else can relate to this. I'm kind of a "purist" in that I don't like tweaking the options of my games, so I am loathe to turn off the space race victory.. But now I'm beginning to want to. Is it just me or does all my games feel like space race games? Once someone builds the apollo program, I feel like my entire empire shuts down to build the spaceship parts. I had a really awesome late-game war going on (granted, I probably would NOT have achieved conquest or domination victory in time) which I had to end in order to win the space race. Does anyone else think the space race begins too early or is too easy to achieve? How could they rebalance this? Another thing is, I wish they allowed us to push the "LAUNCH" button -- not only for dramatic effect, but sometimes I don't want to win by space race, but I want to have it ready to launch just in case someone decides to try building a SS.