 renathras 
 RE: What we needed most for High end games, is to the have the...  Write Reply 
 @Regicide not commenting on the rest since I don't think I have the experience/skill level to do so, but...I CAN speak to statistics:
"If they were balanced we would have 79 races with one Empire By now, and 2 more likely to get one soon. with 1 maybe 2 races getting lucky and having 2 winners.
What we have: 4 Crystals wins. 3 wins with Crystal ally/Vessel 1 with peace with a weak Crystal that died in by the end but webs helped winner. 1 Crystals died early
In two running games 1 Crystals died early and second Crystal is small.
What we have. Four have been won by the Crystals, Then four by a non Crystal player with a Crystal Ally/Vessel. Unless the Crystals were Killed early (this happened in one game)
What we see is in 7 of 9 games the Crystals determine the winner."
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In statistics, there is a known principle that you have to have a sample size over a certain amount, or you don't get good data. It's been a while since I studied it, but I believe N=30 (number of data points/poll responses/etc) is a MINIMUM to get good data. This is because statistics get more accurate (generally) the more data you have, but are not accurate for small data/number of events.
Flip a coin. You have a 50/50 chance of getting heads or tails. Flip it 10 times, and you might get 10 heads. Flip it 10,000 times and you probably won't get EXACTLY 5,000 heads and 5,000 tails, but you'll probably be close. It's a lot easier to get 10 heads in a row than 10,000.
There have been, what, 9 championship games?
What are the odds you could flip a coin 9 times and get heads 4 times? Okay, there are 11 players, so what are the odds you could roll an 11 sided die 9 times and get 7 four times? Pretty good, wouldn't you agree?
I get what you're saying, but you have cases where the Crystal died early or was small, so I'm going to posit  for the sake of argument  that there may be a more complex story here than just "Crystals are OP". I'm not trying to be mean or sarcastic, just saying the data set is far too small.
...and, from my limited experience, Planets games seem, to me, to be won by diplomacy more than anything else. The Fascists control only 3 sectors on the entire Map (if you look at Map), and have the fewest Flag Officers of any race, I believe (Commodore and Rear/Vice/regular/Fleet Admirals), and the fewest Commander+ ranks as well, and are the easiest race to get on the leaderboard with because all you need are around 160 achievement points (the next lowest are Empire/Birds/Rebels), and yet the Fascists...have won a championship, while the Empire/Birds/Rebels have not (Empire has 4 sectors, Rebels 5 or 6, and Birds 12, btw)
So, are Fascists UP or OP?
The statistics won't help you figure that one out... 

