regarding the TB issue for GalCiv.
I'd like to see something more involved than GalCiv2, but not tactical battles. Maybe something closer to Gratuitous Space Battles, where you can start the battle by giving general orders, but then it plays out on its own.
Maybe Space Admirals could give you the ability to give orders after a certain time, based on skill (I'd like to see Space Admirals work like Victoria generals)
I think that would give some sense of control, be something the AI could handle fairly easily, but not reduce the game down to tactical exploitation (which is an issue with Elemental series if you let it become one)