And thanks for the info on Distant Worlds...I'll certainly check it out. Doesn't look like there is a demo though?
No, there is no demo. I hemmed and hawed for awhile because I wasn't sure if I wanted to pay for it, but I read enough positive stuff to finally make the jump. If you are in no rush, there is an expansion coming out soon. They will probably have a full version packaged with the expansion. Not sure the eta though.