How I found Diaspora: I was watching IGN's video review of Strike Suit and debating on buying it when I read a comment that said "If you think this is cool, google Diaspora" or something along those lines. What a lucky encounter with fate!
I've been a fan of Space Simulators and flight sims since the original Wing commander. I'm also an avid Macross and BSG fan.
My initial response to this game: Totally flabbergasted. The production values, attention to detail and LOVE that has gone into this project simply oozes from behind every bulkhead and space explosion. I know it isn't ever going to be the case, but I'd have happily paid full retail price for this gem. Every sound effect fits flawlessly, right down to the sound of 'space' when idling around. The voice acting is VERY impressive for a mod, and even the writing fits right in. I could go on for days, but everyone here already knows this.
My only suggestions would be to increase the player's health a bit. I'm sure I'll be told I'm just a ****ty pilot, but the game is very difficult, and putting it on easier settings just turns it into an auto-aim duck hunt. I'm not sure if this is within your control, but it would rock if the easiest setting had a bit less auto-aim and a bit more health if anything.
That's about it for criticism really. I'm so impressed that I'm trying to shuffle projects around so that I might try and volunteer my services (3D modeling, animation, CGI animation for cut scenes, sound design, floor mopping). I'll be sure to post in the proper location in that case.
I just wanted to give some feed back, and most of all humbly thank everyone who took part in creating this. Truly a polished and flawless execution.