It's about a month I own the game. Since I have to study/work and do other boring crap, I've been able to do like... uhm... 15 games in total I think. Well, I read some starting guides until they explain on how build up a steady economy, and then, I stop reading them because I wanted to experience all the pain of learning on my skin. Well, until today I started a game without touching anything on the games setting (I started games with all the base settings, though people told me it's harder and you start in disavantage, so 150 galaxies, 3 enemy empires, all medium difficulty, no race traits activated and so on) and I always got beaten and bashed by pc with big and numerous ships in like 2 hours.
Well, the fun is also into that for me, I love to master hard games. But if you want to start somewhere, here's a thread I started a month ago, when I was owning the game since a few days, hope it helps (or don't check it if you want to try your way).http://forums.blind-mind.com/index.php?topic=5590.0
The video I linked you show it's possible to do what you want to do, now it's all about you