There must have been a moment at the beginning, where we could have said no. Somehow we missed it. Well, we'll know better next time.
I'm looking for a game for my game group that us able to scratch that same Twilight Imperium itch without the same length. Preferably a "game night" game and not a weekend game. Basically, TI3's depth without length. Eclipse failed to scratch that itch for me (too economic). I've heard good things about Exodus: Proxima Centauri and Space Empires 4x, but have never played them myself. I'm also up for games of totally different theme, but would also fulfill this itch of mine. Any suggestions?
Try Galactic Emperor.