Awesome, My first post!
Alright,, so since I found out about this game a couple weeks ago, I have been wondering about this. Once you get to the UFO stage, will there be other civilizations that can match (or be ahead) of your civilization technology wise? That can actually defeat you? If this is the case, I hope there will be more kinds of ships than just UFO's.
"Wright talked about how the game mechanics were really homage to all his favorite classic games. The tide-pool played like Pac-Man, the tribal game played like Populous, the city conflict game played like Civilization" So why not add a space conflict that plays like starwars, with bombers and fighters and frigates and what have you.
As fun as the UFO sounds, having one all powerful ship at the end doesn't seem to present this possibility. So why not split its effects among other ships, instead of having one devastating ship. For that matter, what about vehicles? Can you edit more then there looks, but edit their rate of fire and life as well? This will allow the kind of starwars thing I am thinking of. I can picture Spore late game could end up as a kind of Empire vs Rebellion for galactic dominance.
Oh, and one last thing. How good will the individual creatures AI be? Will they need to eat to survive, and rest? If so, can a food supply be killed out or will it be ever respawning? Can natural resources run out? I am just so overwhelmed with ideas right now!