Some commentsFebruary 20 2004 at 7:36 AM
|Jaxom (no login)|
from IP address 18.104.22.168
Response to Self-nit and more thoughts
If you remove the ability to pay bct, I will cut spending and use hard cash to butter up the AI and bribe them to war.
If you remove the ability to use hard cash, I will research more and use technology to achieve the same effect.
If you remove the ability to use technology, I will build more ships and use them to achieve the same result.
If you remove this ability as well, then you have pretty much taken diplomacy off the table, which makes the game completly uninteresting to me. Because as a tactical military game Galciv is very weak, and as an economic simulation it is too simple.
Here is a list of the buildings I use nowadays: soil, habitat, banks, entertainment networks, economic exchanges, embassies, cultural exchanges, stadiums and stock markets. My highest pq planet will build the manufacturing enhancements and all the wonders, my lowest pq planets might build an harmony generator just to grow past 5 billion pop and be able to load a combat transport. I build embassies and cultural centers only if I feel too much cultural pressure, which is most of the times since I take all the pq 14 I find to extend my range.
I don't build starbases unless a ressource becomes available after I have some constructors in flight or I need a range extension and can't find a convenient pq 13 or 14. I do buy the type of starbases that will help me in my choosen victory type, influence for culture, military for conquest, research for tech.
With those settings, taxes reach 4x pq in the 80s. That plus 1 trade route to each majors allow for almost 100% spending. A couple of foreign trade routes is all I need to break 100% spending and have a budget surplus. When I reach that point, cash will buy me whatever I need to complete the game.
I was on the fence with regards to the AP extension. The recent hacking incident with the lack of any offical response tells me "don't give them your credit card number". So unless the expansion makes it to the shelves, I am out. It is a bit of a shame, Galciv is not a great game, but I did like Stardock's attitude toward support and customer service until that incident.
Bah! I want my real MOO, now!
- Reply - Zed on Feb 20, 7:14 PM
- AP expansion availability - Kylearan on Feb 21, 2:05 AM
- The hacking incident - Jaxom on Feb 21, 3:01 AM