Yes, the game will run 3x week and later at 2x week or when all turns are in like most game here at C-M.
Yes, you could have more than one of the same race and you do, but because of the vast options no two races are the same.
This game takes a bit more time to start than normal as everyone has to make their race selections and tweeks, send them in and then the game setup has to be done. I still have to edit the scenario a bit as well, so don't expect it to start before end October.
So we have 2 possible players. Anyone else?