I just finished a 9hr+ game playing one small random 1v1 map vs. the computer! I set the other race as an easy random. I definitely learned a lot so future small 1v1 shouldn't take as long...I hope. The patch supposedly made the pirates less of a problem but I still had some issues since most of the game I spent fighting off pirates.
This game is definitely a classic though. I've only played as TEC so far so I still have many hours ahead of me to learn the other races.