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Offline the obelisk

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Providing research
« on: March 07, 2018, 07:31:37 AM »
I'm playing my first campaign with multiple player controlled races (on earth), and twice now I've had a situation where one race completes research into a technology, and then another race is given a less advanced version of the technology by the first race.  I've never heard of this happening, either on the wiki or the forum.  Can someone explain this to me?  Is there a way to make it stop?
 

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Re: Providing research
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2018, 09:26:16 AM »
I'm playing my first campaign with multiple player controlled races (on earth), and twice now I've had a situation where one race completes research into a technology, and then another race is given a less advanced version of the technology by the first race.  I've never heard of this happening, either on the wiki or the forum.  Can someone explain this to me?  Is there a way to make it stop?

Technology moves by osmosis where races share the same home world or have treaties (on the assumption that less advanced tech moves into the civilian sectors and elsewhere). Often this is a couple of levels below the new technology but in cases where a good relationship exists, it may be just one level below.

In real world terms, there are a lot of countries using technology that they didn't invent but it is usually lower tech than the originating country.
 

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Re: Providing research
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2018, 11:04:28 AM »
Interesting.  I was completely unaware that mechanic was in the game.  I don't think I've ever seen it discussed in any of the stories in the fiction board.
 
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Re: Providing research
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2018, 01:11:20 PM »
This was new to me too.  Thanks, Steve.  Very interesting and appropriate.

At first, I thought "osmosis" was a euphemism for espionage teams. 
 

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Re: Providing research
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2018, 09:05:47 AM »
Technology moves by osmosis where races share the same home world or have treaties (on the assumption that less advanced tech moves into the civilian sectors and elsewhere). Often this is a couple of levels below the new technology but in cases where a good relationship exists, it may be just one level below.

In real world terms, there are a lot of countries using technology that they didn't invent but it is usually lower tech than the originating country.
We learn new stuff about Aurora all the time. I don't think that I have seen that in any documentation whatsoever. Interesting feature nontheless. Makes me think if a player should be able to control what is "osmosed" and what not... .
 

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Re: Providing research
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2018, 02:20:37 PM »
I don't recall which update or patch that change came on, but I do recall when Steve implemented it.  There was quite a bit of discussion but in the end it was pretty much a no-brainer and we all moved on.  LOL

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Re: Providing research
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2018, 05:14:20 PM »
I don't recall which update or patch that change came on, but I do recall when Steve implemented it.  There was quite a bit of discussion but in the end it was pretty much a no-brainer and we all moved on.  LOL

Adam.

I know it was a result of one of Steve's multi-national Earth starts.
 

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Re: Providing research
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2018, 07:11:43 AM »
We learn new stuff about Aurora all the time. I don't think that I have seen that in any documentation whatsoever. Interesting feature nontheless. Makes me think if a player should be able to control what is "osmosed" and what not... .
It really isn't something you can control. The leading edge of high-tech can be kept under wraps, but once something is in general use, you can't stop it from spreading. The only way to prevent this from happening is to not have colonies on the same body and not to have trade access.
 

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Re: Providing research
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2018, 08:07:07 PM »
It really isn't something you can control. The leading edge of high-tech can be kept under wraps, but once something is in general use, you can't stop it from spreading. The only way to prevent this from happening is to not have colonies on the same body and not to have trade access.

YES!!! General Colonial Warfare!
 

 

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