In the current game, I have the Super Laser. How I got it? I have no clue. I scanned through the log without seeing anything about it (should be a binoculars event).
Research is at early days level, so no danger in me getting anything that way. To give an idea, maxed shatterforce lasers, then moving to max one torpedo type beyond epsilon. No fancy hyper drives or reactors, 500 construction tech is advanced compared to the rest.
What I did do was finding the Desolation (or whatever) Moon project. I shot it up.
The "fun" thing is I could probably ruin this game if I wanted. The froggies are advanced technologically by WoodMan's start setup. Tech level 5 or something at start. I have taken their independent, and they are not so large. The Super Laser has 700+ trade value, I could swap it for their entire tech catalog, all their money and maps, and still have a few 100 millions to spare. Then suck up to them to avoid them being my enemy. The tech advantage should make me over powered.
Edit: Checking old saves. I did not have it at the start. I have it at my second save, though. This was just after discovering the froggie planet and taking a capital ship there. It was before finding Way of the Ancients, before getting even close to the world destroyer project. Guardians encountered early, and a warning from them has been seen. Very strange.
< Message edited by Bingeling -- 3/25/2011 12:12:40 PM >