Played a lot of GalCiv II v2.0 today. Other than the issue that the lighting is not working right on my Thinkpad T400 (there's no shadows on planets) it's working pretty well. The ThinkPad T400 ATI display driver randomly crashes when I play games which is a bit of a bummer too but that's not game related.
One feature that I've concluded we should put in is to let people set the pacing of research any time they want within game. In a single player game, if I want techs to come faster, I should be able to do that. It's not cheating as it affects all players equally.
I figure we can set it to be 0.25 to 5 of whatever setting players have set at the start of the game and it resets each game.
Another thing I've concluded is that 2.0 isn't the end of the line. I know whenever I play it I'll have the debugger open making tweaks for each game.