Third playthrough. My empire is covering 30% of the galaxy while avoiding war. My Overlord decides it’s time to get our fleet to work and declares war against the Kalaxenan Star Confederation. Our capable admirals are not having too much trouble invading our enemies though the rate of attrition is quite high. Victory is close at hand when an event pops up. Aliens from outside our galaxy? One second later 5 fleets appear in my territory and start ravaging my planets. This is my experience with Stellaris, Paradox’s new take on the space 4X genre.