Firstly, awesome game you guys have created - so simple, fun, interesting and so many options for variants. Love the wooden pieces.
What happens if you run out of colonies? (2 players in our 3 player game were 1 short at the end). [We were playing with empty star systems as our first game which obviously makes it more likely you will run out.]
Thank you for your kind words!
Yes, sometimes that can happen. If a player runs out of colonies and trade stations he simply doesn't take any more turns and waits for the other players to finish. :)