A thought on exploration; it would be nice if I could set scouts to 'auto explore' much like they do in Civilization 4. It can get a little repititous sending my scouts from one system to the next manually.
I expect we'll eventually have something like this set up, but it's sort of an AI thing (though for the player), which hasn't really been implemented yet. Bug Yoghurt about getting AI stuff working, if you're interested.
Also, why is there only one build queue? I mean, would it not make sense that each planet would have its own seperate build queue? That way I can have one planet producing some colonists, and another producing warships, at the same time.
There is only a single global build queue for an empire in order to reduce micromanagement. Normally in 4X games, you have to spend lots of time checking and fixing up the build queues of each planet each turn. You also have to have each planet building something separately to use up its own prouduction points. For FO, we decided to pool all the industry and minerals (and thus Production Points) for your empire into one pool, which is then spent on a single queue of projects. Those projects generally have a build location, which is currently a planet you control, and different projects can be produced at different planets, but they're all stored and sorted on the single queue.
Another thing, is that it takes quite a long time to research anything. I've usually only researched 4 or 5 subjects by the 100th turn. It just seems excessively long.
Did you colonize more planets? (Building more colony ships, in addition to using the one you start with) Did you research any techs that improve your Research Point production? Did you change any planets to Research Focus? All of those can speed up research. Did you use all available RP every turn, or did you just enqueue one tech and let the extra RP go to waste?
Regardless though, currently there hasn't been much blanacing done, as FO is still relatively unfinished and most of the content is likely to change, so there's not much point in doing so yet.