I do not approve.
Its a sign of greatness to stand tall in one's own defeats and a sign of weakness to give up and run away.
Cheesy words for a simple game, granted.
But nonetheless true once you decided to start playing this.
You see, I'm playing this game for a long, long time, and I've met all sorts of players character-wise. To sort them roughly in two groups there are the ones, who play to win. Second place is the first loser and not worth their time and effort. And there are the ones who simply love the tactical challenge of any given situation no matter their position on the score board. It doesn't hurt to win, but 8th place can be even more rewarding, if you finally conquered your neighbor after 100 turns. Its like a game of chess when you know before the start your opponent is way beyond your own skills, but you might have a few tricks in the bag he doesn't expect in his overconfidence.
The first group are the ones who drop out at the first sign of difficulties, may it be a better player, a bad starting position, an alliance against him, bad decisions or simply ill luck, you name it. The second group plays to the end, even if its just one ship and one planet left for them, there is always the chance for a little hide and seek.
I count myself into the second group and I hate people dropping out of the game. Its bad enough if its your neighbor who you were fighting and spending lots of time and thoughts with to play that game, usually for months, sometimes even years, just to see you're fighting the Q one fine morning. Those are the most disappointing moments for me in this game. But if its even the leading race, who all others work for to bring him down, well... that is killing the game, making the time spent with it useless.
There's always the RL factor, no problem with that. But leaving the game because you feel you cant win anymore (read "taking P1") is unfair to all other players who invest their free time to make it a game worthwhile. Its a MULTIplayer game, the more take part, the more fun it is. Would you set up a game at home playing against 10 Qs?
Quitting is an annoying move. Asking for it, making a poll doesn't make it less annoying and in my view thats exactly what the penalty points are for: leaving a game for no other reason than losing it. I don't wonna be third, I want to see you going down, being a part of planning and making it happen, I want to see your BIOs burn, your planets melt away, I want to make sense to the last year I spent with this game. With your last poll I asked to extent the game beyond 100 in return, because I thought 100 might not be enough to bring you down. I still think so, and I still would want to go further, because in the long run you will fall.
But not like this.
Disappointing move, buddy.
I wont enter a vote, because the game is destroyed, one way or the other. Thanks for wasting my time. New entry on the "Dont-play-with-list".