The Digital Antiquarian has a great article about the history of the 1993 game Master of Orion. I didn’t play it at the time, and I haven’t really played games since Half-Life. But sometimes I have some time on my hands and I’ll play a game. I have vivid memories of playing Master of Orion, discovering the Guardian, getting wiped out by it, then designing more and more powerful Deicide-class ships until I could defeat it.
This is the Deicide 3 design. I think I got up to Deicide 6 before it was good enough. Note the number of ships (0), because they all got destroyed.