From: The Big Nowhere
You misunderstand, these are optimized designs.
Its an odd thing. If you have a race that has a special tech...the Megatron Z4 shield for example, your optimized designs work fine at start tech level, and level 2 through 7. However, if you start at tech level 1, it will not load the start level optimized designs.
This seems to be tied directly to special techs, races without special techs load the optimized designs fine at tech level 1 games. And all tech level optimized designs load at game start, as you get the techs researched, they become available to build.
Basically if you don't use optimized designs, this will have no effect on you what so ever.
Distant Worlds Fan
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