Great progress so far :)
Other observation from a Dhayut game
Weapon research -> Dhayut is beelining towards Impregnable structures and not researching any weapons at all.. they still have "Energy Torpedo WEapons" and "Enhanced Beam WEapons" , that's it: this is putting them at massive firepower disadvantage in my current game
Was that a Prewarp Start? On my Prewarp Tests it's worked. On Standard Starts it doesn't ... I don't understand why yet. As mentioned earlier please focus Prewarp for the moment.
It was normal start, interesting that on standard it doesn't.. still will keep it in mind.
The thing i don't like at all about prewarp is that it can take 30-60 minute to get anything done at 4x speed this make it really annoying to test, anyway next game will be pre-warp :D
Explorers were available at Size 230 in my test game. I'm not sure why there is a difference between our tests. I'll have to make it slightly smaller again.
In two test games i saw different behaviour.. With Sluken they were available at 300, with Dhayut at 230
Did you like having Starburners available so quickly?
Any observations on why they finished 6th? Resource shortages? Sometimes the AI just gets stuck, nothing much I can do about that. Private Ship Designs were all improved e.g. they are faster, more extractors on mining ships etc.
I would say the main reason i can see is that they got stucked in long wars without the ability to win it and ended up trading worlds with the other empire instead of expanding, possibly bad luck.
In general indeed i see that AI get less stuck, though sometime it still do silly things.. in my latest Dhayut test game i noticed two things which i guess are for Elliott as possible bugs
- I had around 20 explorers trying to refuel at Ancient Guardians spaceport, they would circle around it like flies : fly in-> fly out.. after a few years they were all shot down and died
- There was a huge pirate base with 700 firepower, in my dhayut game where they didn't research weapon i saw fleet after fleet going there and die
My next game will be ME playing against AI empires with your mod.. at very hard (not ready for extreme yet!) and see what happens :)