Has anyone tried just playing this game as a race to victory points. AKA first to 30/40/50 wins the game? I keep wanting a game that's longer than the somewhat unsatisfying 2 factories per player but shorter than the super interesting but interminable future finish.
There is an achievements race game in the official W7-10 Exploration Module that can be tried. It is a sort of a VP race although it does not count the amount of factories as the endgame condition.