Hey, the pirates are starting to pull 2nd tier weapons (long range blasters, etc.) on me, and I'm still working with unimproved Maxos and shields here. =P
Anyway, I've played some more: I've captured a research base, and discovered the 50% boost from a hidden base. What I'm saying though is that the labs on my spaceport are not appearing at all. My spaceport should be appearing under the Research Stations tab of the Research screen and showing 20k-20k-20k, representing one of each research lab. My captured research station appears just fine, but not my spaceport.
Also, as a pirate I'm noticing my spies are massively weaker. I'm playing Haakonish, which I also play as an empire, and instead of being able to capture the cheaper techs in one or maybe two attempts, it's taking me 4+ tries (25% each time). The success chance is also lower than I've ever seen with Haakonish spies in similar situations, and has resulted in both my spies getting captured. Do pirates not benefit from the Haakonish racial strength increase to spies?
< Message edited by Starke -- 8/27/2013 7:18:55 PM >