The tech track seems to be goof up for this game. I don't think I have ever had so many sidetracks try to get to Industrial Automation.
The first big clue was that University was not offered the choice of Planetary Networks in the list for the free starting tech. I have never seen this happen before. Afterwards, I have had at least one sidetrack between techs, and one time 2 sidetracks.
Normally, I have only one sidetrack with University on the beeline for IA. With one game that was moderator generated, I had two sidetracks. I have never had more than this until now.
I asked the other players, and they also report massive sidetracking. We would like to restart the game in such a way that there would not be sidetracking, but otherwise keep things mostly the same. The minor changes were for Hive to have a different starting location (68,52), and for the turn order of University and Free Drones to be reversed, since for the redo, I will be going 4th with Free Drones, and Marky will be last with University.