I'm going to be playing Eclipse tomorrow with relative newbies, and there's a reasonable likelihood of it being a 5 player game, and I was just wondering whether it would make sense to put the gap between the 5th and 6th players, or whether it makes much of a difference. We'll probably be playing all-Terrans, so there's no first race pick advantage.
it wouldnt matter for newbies. but it really depends for advanced games. simcityers on the rim while something like orion: in the middle of everyone.