we had such a game at battlestar and moved over to this host. Unfortunately the game ended due to a lack of interest... may have to do with some big webs someone laid.
We had 5 planets for scoring (points for each turn a team holds one of them) but all that scoring stuff is not necessary if you ask me.
Just have your teams and fight it out to death or until the players agree that one team can't be stopped anymore.
And I wouldn't recommend a cluster map in these games. A simple map with sphere seems best to me. Just because it is exremely hard to cross the open space between the clusters for all races except one. I would also recommend to leave the privs out. Especially if you get random races in your team. I wouldn't think it's funny to play as Empire/Borg vs Lizard/Priv or something.
At battlestar we had following mode to get the races
The host had a number between 0 and 100 and the 5 teams (the captain of a team) had to guess it. The closest bet may start the race choice. But only one of the two races... So the first one has the first AND the last choice. The second one has the second choice and the 9th one... then 3/8, 4/7 and the team with the worst guess can pick two races at once.
That was pretty nice and I think we ended up with very nice teams. Even though it was a strange thing what other teams wanted... eg the first team picked the Feds and we already laughed because they would end up with Fed/Fascist but someone took the Fascists first and they got the Empire for some unknown reason.
Our teams were
Bird/Crystal was the worst bet so we (yup, played the crystals) could pick those sneaky cloakers AND the annoying web layers
Well... that are just my thoughts on that topic. I thought it might help because I just played a game with 5 teams.
And of course I would be interested to do another... was pretty funny. But as said... a cluster map is not really what I think is best for such a game. Especially when you already have one ally you have one front less and that makes defending easier. It just makes strong races (I mean the simple brutal firepower) stronger and those who have to rely on tactical things have an even harder life. In a random map with sphere you have to play much more aggressive and that makes every game more fun than sit around and build up everything you can and finally throw it in and see who survives...
Just my 0.02€
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