The vanilla maps are all so tiny. There is simply no room for fancy manoeuvers/carrier groups/Vagyr HyperspaceGates/ambushes/Gravity Wells along hyperspace routes…and so on. In fact, a MUCH larger map would help minimize the power of the slow, BUT POWERFUL BattleCruiser = would allow for different end game strategies.
Back in 2005-2006, I adjusted the Hyperspace Arena to increase its size. I Basically expanded it’s boundaries by about x20 and moved all locations/items by x20 as well. I then added more dust clouds, radiation fields and such to flesh it out.
It took me about 20 minutes to do! My friends and I ended up playing ALL our games on this single map!
Sure I could do it again. But I want to be able to play with strangers online (not just a small group of friends). To do that, the vanilla game needs a LARGE (at least x20 bigger than what’s available right now).