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Confused about research - 7/24/2013 9:32:54 AM   
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My total research is 300 and then i have technocracy so my research should be at least 450. then i have a leader that boosts research also. But if you look at the screenshot my actual research is less than 300. My race is zennox by the way.

Is this a bug? or what could be the explanation?




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RE: Confused about research - 7/24/2013 9:39:18 AM   
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Your total output is 694 (i.e. 208 + 278 + 208). This looks right ... your total potential is 415, plus 50% for Technocracy is 622, and you have a 34% specific bonus for Energy (i.e. increasing 208 to 278).

Here is a great old post from Nedrear that will help:

Research Guide

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RE: Confused about research - 7/24/2013 9:59:35 AM   
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Ok i think i get it now. So the "total empire research potential" of 415 is capping my research?

How do you increase "total empire research potential"? , with more population?

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RE: Confused about research - 7/24/2013 10:09:44 AM   
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Yes, TERP is the cap. As I understand TERP is a function of strategic value but with diminishing returns, more here:

More About Research

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RE: Confused about research - 7/24/2013 10:15:08 AM   
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Ok thanks.

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RE: Confused about research - 7/25/2013 12:18:16 PM   
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I'm pretty confused about research as well.

Is there a simple way to see if I need or not to build a new research station?

What I understand for now is:
Research CAPACITY is summed up between the 3 areas (energ, weap, HT) and anything over the Research POTENTIAL is wasted.
f.e if total Research CAPACITY = 900 and Research POTENTIAL is 600, that's 300 capacity wasted?

If above it true, my only questions is about the bonuses listed on the right.
Do they affect the Research potential or capacity?

As it seems, the GREEN bonuses at the very top affect the Potential... and the ones below (under the max ship size and base size) affect specific Capacities on the left.

Please do shed some light.

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RE: Confused about research - 7/25/2013 1:22:23 PM   
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Yes, your understanding is correct, 300 capacity would be wasted in that example.

I only ever use 3 labs, 1 for each field, in the best possible location, and modify the number of labs in my custom designed labs to suit the % split between research fields that I desire at the time ... with total capacity only slightly higher than potential as it's slow growth.

Yes, the Green Bonus of 50% applies to Potential. The 34% is specific to Energy, but in time I'd be looking for a location with a bonus (i.e. the "+0% from location" can become as much as 30%), and also better location for Weapons and High Technology.

The threads referenced above are well worth the read.



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