Technically that would be a win, and I also think it would be great fun... That your win just might mean that you lost last, would be great to watch on twitch
Additionally, I thought about an interesting multistage 1v1 death match:
You have an A to Z straight line of systems, the 2 players start at A and Z. In Stage 1, they develop and expand towards each other as rapidly as possible until all systems are occupied.
Stage 2 begins once all systems are claimed by 1 side or the other, whereby a White Hole forms in systems A and Z, and starts pouring resources ex nihilo into both sides. Here players must create a multisystem highway to deliver those resources to the front line and try to squeeze out the enemy. However, the balance of White hole resources favors the player with fewer occupied systems, the fewer systems they have, the more resources come pouring out of their white hole.
Stage 3 begins when one side is squeezed into very few systems; the White hole starts putting out so much energy and resources, the player has to harness this power and weaponize their white hole, turning former warp lanes into gigantic beam cannons, juggling patching up increasing numbers of spacetime rifts and capturing the raw energy and lobbing it as bombs towards the enemy before it explodes on them. Ideally this all builds up towards an epic final battle as one system combines the resources of all but 1 system vs a single system on the verge of blowing itself up with the amount of raw energy pouring into it.
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