Any crazy gameplays you've seen, that actually worked? People massing scouts the entire game--People bulding no military and only tradng, ect.
Back in beta3, I decided that I wanted to be a "Trader" for one game. I told everyone to ally me and you'd get alot of gold later on from trading.
I expanded quickly and built up alot of trade posts and started getting a nice income for myself. This let me buy some more military units which I sent to other systems to start a good trade outpost there.
It ended up me having $300k in credits, and about 100k in metal/crystal. My trade-ships were practially forming a long blue line from each star system when zoomed out (icons were touching it other). I had all my planets upgraded, all civ and defense slots filled.
I had a military in the 2 main galaxies, and a planet in each of them (desert) dedicated for ship building. I whispered everyone "$50k to anyone who attacks Red" and got some nice attackers heading that way.
I figured out early game people are willing to pay money for info; as everyone had visioned me. I'd see two players at war, and whisper one of them "Hey man, $X says I tell you where his ships are, how many, and where his weaknesses are".
I ended up losing when all the players realized I was leaking info out and unallied me all at once. Great game.
Anyone have any crazy strategies?