Ok, I'm worried....
I started a new game using mod pack 1.70, small quad, medium bonus, no neutrals, and there are 18 other races besides myself. Very snug!
I modified the quadtypes.txt to eliminate all the dead systems, but I had the misfortune to start out in a trinary star system with only two colonizable planets, one tiny and one medium, neither my apmosphere type.
Right away I sent out a scout to the next system over and there's a beautiful huge, oxygen rock planet, just what I need. Only problem is to the right is the Sergetti home system and to the left is the Darlok home system, both of which have claimed this system of course.
It's very early in the game but I am already getting the feeling that neither one of them likes me very much.
I did manage to make nice with the Sallega and the Toron, but they are both on the other side of the Sergetti system, so I don't think they are going to be much help, even if I could talk them in to fighting with me, which I doubt.
It's turn 17 and I am 18th out of 19 in score. I am trying my best to stay out of any wars. I don't think I have the resource base to survive an open conflict yet.
This could get very interesting...