As those in the space ghetto wrecked havoc on one another, the War Sun/Technology race occurred on the other side of the board. Phantom Phoenix, Monkey, and myself all wound up with 2 War Suns. The thing about War Sun's is once you have them, you have to try them. This led to conflict on our side of the board, shown below.
As the game came to a close, the Domination objective card got flipped saying that if you controlled two home systems outside your own, the game was over. At that point Jester raced around the board trying to end the game, while Big D and I overextended trying to get our secret objectives to stand a shot at victory. I overextended with no payoff, while Bid D grabbed just enough objectives and the initiative card to pull out a victory as Jester took control of bdix's home system to finish off the game.
It was a wild ride of a game. Having eight players really made it a lot of fun. Though the deployment and turns took quite a bit longer, there was plenty to socialize/strategize about while you were waiting. With an expansion just announced, I'm sure we'll be planning another one of these for its release date.