The Korath now have 5 planets, including a very nice new PQ12 toxic world by the Krynn. The other planets are PQ10 (capital), PQ18 (Jessian), PQ4 (by capital) and a PQ1 to the far right (which was necessary to get the colony to the toxic PQ12).
Image 2: galaxy in February 2227
As of right now I have a respectable military (2nd after Drengin), 3 galactic resources (research, eco, and influence), by far the largest population, and an economy that is starting to recover. Iím still significantly in yearly deficit, but my investment in survey ships REALLY paid off with four 1000bc payoffs. This has funded my deficit spending and, hopefully, will be enough to tide me over until my economic base is built up.
Unfortunately, Iím falling behind technologically since the AI is busy trading tech all over the place (see the Documentation of AI Tech Trading thread). Iím not sure what I can do about this since the AI wonít deal with me. Or maybe Iíll have to loosen my standards and give away the farm.
Auuhhhg! The Drengin got the last planet in the galaxy Ė PQ8 rad world Ė 1 turn before I got there! I even tried to bully him into giving me the colony ship, but no go. Then I tried to use my survey ship to get in his way, and that didnít work either (he was spd 3 and the survey ship spd 4, so he was able to go around). So now he has 5 planets, just like me. The Yor are in the lead with 8 (and they influenced away a PQ 1 planet I snagged Ė probably a bad move to colonize that world).
Image 3: Galaxy in July 2227
The Drengin called up to ask for peace and I agreed. Early wars are crippling. Plus he hates others much more than me, which I am pleased. Iím not ready for a war since my economy has not stabilized, spoor ships are a long way away, my ships are slow (Ion Drive), and weaponry is stuck at laser 3. My military is 2nd after the Drengin, so Iím likely to keep others off my back. I always have one or more planets building a warship to keep up.
I also tried my luck at tech trading, with the objective of getting what I can. I got Soil Improvement and Xeno Industrial Theory, which most of the AIs donít have. I had a lower diplomatic rating than most of the AIs since they inter-traded Trade, Master Trade etc from the Korx Ė I was left out since they would not exchange or let me buy any of those techs. I have a better rating than the Drengin.
Drengin Ė Diplo Relations, Missile Defense, 70 BC
Yor Ė chaff, 70 BC
Korx Ė 190 BC
Krynn Ė 41 BC
Thalian Ė xeno medicine, 98 BC
Jessians Ė 59 BC
Dark Yor Ė smart chaff, 117 BC
The idea is to make sure everyone gets the tech since they will trade it around. So overall I got a few useful tech and 645bc.
Here is the list of AI trades in the time from Feb 2227 to July 2227. As you can see, the AI tech trading has been brisk. What is particularly galling is that when I offered Toxic to the AIís for other extreme colony tech they said to get lost, even if I had a better diplo rating. Note that the AI is freely exchanging extreme colonization techs. Also, when I offered some of the AIs (such as the Dark Yor) tech they gave me a tiny amount of BCs, while the Drengin that have a terrible diplo rating made out very well, thank-you-very-much. So overall my opinion is that something is very wrong, and in future games Iím turning off tech trading.
ē Year: 2227. Yor Collective traded Barren World Colonization to the Drengin Empire in exchange for Heavy Gravity Colonization
ē Year: 2227. Thalan Empire traded Universal Translator to the Paulos in exchange for Starship Defenses
ē Year: 2227. Drengin Empire traded Sensors to the Dark Yor in exchange for Smart Chaff
ē Year: 2227. Thalan Empire traded Xeno Economics to the Jessuins in exchange for Deflectors
ē Year: 2227. Thalan Empire traded Deflectors to the Krynn Consulate in exchange for Chaff
ē Year: 2227. Thalan Empire traded Xeno Medicine to the Krynn Consulate in exchange for Trade
ē Year: 2227. Thalan Empire traded Research Centers to the Dominion of Korx in exchange for Advanced Trade
ē Year: 2227. Thalan Empire traded Xeno Economics to the Dark Yor in exchange for Armor Theory
ē Year: 2227. Drengin Empire traded Xeno Factory Construction to the Dark Yor in exchange for Advanced Trade
My economy is still declining at a rate of 80bc a turn. Iíve maxed out the eco resources that I snagged from the Drengin. A few constructors are headed for my research starbase, and Iím going to set up an eco starbase that will cover my capital, PQ4 world (now improving due to Soil Improvement), and my PQ18 in Jessians.
The Yor are catching up in population due to their larger number of planets, so Iíve built a farm and multimedia center at Jessian. My population-based eco expansion is going to plateau, so other means are going to be required. So now Iím frantically building markets where I can to increase my economy, and researching Advanced Trade to get better that Advanced Trade Centers.
As for tech, I was distracted going for extreme colonization techs, and as I said above I just missed the boat. Unfortunately when I use spoor ships it wonít be useful at all, so I wasted 10 turns of research. Hmph.
The turns move along pretty quickly on a small map. I ended up getting the Diplomatic Translator, which I was hoping for to increase the AIís perception of me so I can avoid warfare Ė until I am ready, of course. A side benefit is that my tech trading seems to be a little easier. I knuckled down and let go of a number of good techs (enhanced miniaturization, fusion, extreme colonization, interstellar government) so that I could get the following techs:
Krynn: xeno factory
Thalian: research academy, a Research Treaty (!!!), 50bc
Dark Yor: ECM2, 20 BC
Jessians: 30 bc
This will keep my planets developing, and give my research a good boost. I was also able to exchange Research and Economic treaties with the Yor, who are the largest race on the map. I was willing to do this since they liked me (military power, evil, diplo translator) and the Thalians, Korx, and Krynn are his neighbors. In short, I can afford to build up the Yor economically and via research since it tears down both of our neighbors.
Economically Iím out of danger. Iím pulling in 285bc/turn at 100% production and have over 6000bc in the bank, and that will only increase as I build more banks. My PQ18 Jessian planet is now an economic capital that is maxed out and filled with trade facilities. I have increased my tax rate so that morale is ~80%, but Iím no longer growing so that doesnít really matter. Lots of the AIs have sent freighters to my (large pop) worlds, and I have a number out, too.
Originally only me and the Drengin has any military to speak of. Now the other races are really ramping up. I neglected my military a bit so I could get a few key infrastructure techs and get my spoor ships (3 have been constructed, all spd 4). Now Iím b-lining through plasma (right now researching Plasma II) to get my attack rating up. The other races are researching missiles, so Iíll probably need to fit ECM in there (I got ECM2 from the Dark Yor, so Iím not defenseless). My military rating is now down to ~110%.
I was thrilled when the Drengin recently went to war with the Krynn. That will keep him tied up rather nicely while I concentrate on the Jessians and Dark Yor. I may have to engineer a war between the Yor, Thalians, and Korx to keep them occupied. That may take some work since the Yor are pretty neutral, although the Thalians donít like the Yor. The Korx like everyone.
Image 4: Minor Races, December 2228
I donít really know how the spoor ships work. Do I have to colonize the world after it is eradicated? Or do I simply take over its population? Iíll have a colony ship in place just in case. It will be a shame if it is eradicated and all the improvements are lost.
When the 2 minor races are taken care of the Drengin are next. Hopefully the war will still be on, and if not Iíll have to see if I can incite one!
Overall it takes a lot longer to get critical mass on a small map with only a few planets. But I canít afford to dawdle since the other races are ramping up.
Unfortunately I canít review the tech trades since I accidentally had the file open, and apparently it canít update when the file is accessed in Word. Oops.