The constant spinning, rampant ion storms, daily meteor strikes, and fear of what magic power that planet might have. Nobody to help you and every one wanting to kill you. Oh yeah, those were the days.
Game being mostly same as last time; Xenophobia, Orbiter, Clans, Machines of Yore.
Maybe less ion storms as it hurt 'weaker' cloaking races more than carrier races.
Abundance of meteors affects all evenly so that's good.
Add-ons "Delete Messages" and "Blank Score” would add to paranoia.
6 loaded freighter start was a nice touch for this hard core game.
As you can see by my star bases "+", my empire's strength was a long thin chain. This was not by design, but by the planet movements. I just wish VPA could remember planet markers instead of using the planets' XY location; that way the marker would move with the planet.