"And why can't intelligent organisms such as ourselves
not live in and mine an asteroid belt? Who said you couldn't do
that in MOO3?"
2. Turn Time Limit
Quicksilver's goal is to have it be so easy that making an "editor"
would be unnecessary. They're trying to do everything you could
possibly want to tweak in easy-to-edit file formats (text and Excel
spreadsheets and the like) so any "first level hacker" can open
them up and fiddle the numbers.
QS plans on making the whole turn Time Limit thing extremely user-definable.
You should be able to, in effect, turn it off in single and multiplayer
games. However, like everything else, there is more to the turn
timer than you think, and there are compelling play balance and
game play reasons to leave it in place.