its certainly been helpful for guys like me that initially didn't like RTSs at all..but over the year developed a love for it. this thread also helped me realize how i've really missed some really good RTSs of the past
And it sounds like its your style. Lots of tech to research and you can just fortify yourself until you have reached the point where you think that is time to kill the enemys.
And the best part is that its free!!!! Developer went belly up and the fans pushed to get the source code to keep it up to date.
I still play at it times. Give it a shot!
And there is also various mods and skirmish maps to get the game going.
Oh by the way, Thanks for the heads up on Total Annihilation! never tried that one. getting it now!
[Edited by CrazY_HorzE, 1/5/2011 2:12:55 PM]