Played Gal Civ 2 and trying to get into Gal Civ 3 Intrigue. Version May 01 2018.
My start is better. I use the cash to rush out colonies and constructors in order to secure my early territory faster. Scout with survey and a scout or 2.
As for Tech I usually grab some research tech, colonie tech and diplomacy. I slowly get into military.
Problem: I get into serious money problems despite building markets. Getting more anomalies helps but I feel like I am missing something. Maybe I need to run both market and tourism? Next big issue is military power. If I do try to get tourism as well my military is already behind so it will be more behind. How do I manage military? just constantly make small hull ships for a while? The transition to medium and large hulls is also a question mark for me. My management in that area is clueless.
Really enjoying the game so far though. My biggest problem is trying to understand why war is so hard. In my current game(medium galaxy Terran) I got 5 colonies and managed to get a lot of markets and economy citizens. Also captured a faire number or resources with star bases (5-6). Military wise I am behind and will likely get smashed soon now that the Yor are dead and done distracting the other Leaders.