Note: This procedure requires editing a game file; creating a backup copy of the file before proceeding is recommended. With a text editor, edit the various files in the "/Stardock Games/Sins of a Solar Empire/Galaxy" directory. The following entries should appear at the top of the file.
homeplanetupgradelevel: population homeplanetupgradelevel: civilianmodules homeplanetupgradelevel: tacticalmodules homeplanetupgradelevel: home homeplanetupgradelevel: artifactlevel homeplanetupgradelevel: infrastructure
You can change the values as desired. Their meaning and recommended values to try are as follows.
population: Civilian infrastructure. Recommended value "4". civilian modules: Logistics capacity Recommended value "2". tactical modules: tactical capacity. Recommended value "2". home: Capital planet (default when game starts and cannot change). Recommended value "1". artifact level: Exploration (already at maximum when game starts). Recommended value "2". infrastructure: emergency facilities. Recommended value "3".
You can also search the bottom of a file that has a section marked "playercount [#]". The values for "player 0" are for your character. You can edit the values of "startingcredits", "startingmetal", and "startingcrystal" as desired, to a maximum of "9999".