This is my first experience of playing a long game and I must say, it's rather harsh. Not as friendly or as fun as the shorter challenge type games.
I'm learning as I go, but one thing I've learnt very quickly is that you should never post press releases, it's just asking for trouble.
I posted a few to promote a fairly new alliance - Modern, but as soon as I did, I went from having one major competitor to
having five at my home hq, including two from another alliance - (one to take on my short routes and one to take longer ones).
Plus new competitors as each of my bases. I doubt any of that would have happened had I not raised my head above the
parapet and posted press releases.
So be aware, if you post press releases, you may just get more than you bargained for. Post at your peril!