I love 4X games, and played virtually every one I could afford on my meagre budget, be they TBS or RTS.
I discovered FreeOrion a short time ago, and I have played about with version 0.3. I must say I am very impressed. This is an excellent start to a game. I particularly like how the economic management works. Setting planet focus and waiting. Brilliant! Cuts down on so much micromanagement, but still allows for planning and depth of strategic thought.
I am a coder with experience in Java, PHP, Perl, JS/HTML/CSS/XML and a number of other scripting languages, I have played around with C++ and Python but unfortunately I am not so strong in those, and I haven't really heard of the others. I would love to help out, but I guess I would need to spend some time learning them first.
So how long until 0.4?