So I'm just getting back into the game after a long hiatus, as the initial version at launch failed to grab my attention like GalCiv II: Twilight of the Arnor.
I'm playing on the largest size galaxy with only 8 races, no minors. I have all settings set to VERY SLOW and have habitable planets set to rare (currently I have 4 planets settled, as do the Torians, the first race I've encountered)
But anyway, I'm finding the pacing to just be too fast even on the slowest setting. Most research projects complete in 5-7 turns, constructing buildings is done in 1-3 turns, ships are built in a similar handful of turns.
I really enjoy a long-paced game where it takes awhile to unlock new weapons, where introducing those weapons is a big deal from the previous weapons being used and where they're used for awhile before you're able to upgrade them.
I'm finding it too easy to accumulate money, grow my planets and research tech, with no sense of accomplishment, it's just lots of clicking and not really caring that I just finished a tech because the next wiz-bang will be done in 5 turns.
I feel like if this pacing problem could be resolved, it would go a long ways towards drawing me back in to caring about this game. But at the moment this is its second chance and it's failing (although less so than when first released, so there's been at least some progress)