Stellaris Megacorp DLC – all our videos and infos

STELLARIS MEGACORP DLC – collection

Hi friends, so happy to see you here!

There is A LOT of Stellaris coming with the Megacorp expansion, I’m continously adding content to the post.

In this post so far:

  • Stellaris Dev Diary #140 Constant Improvements 2.2x
  • Stellaris Dev Diary #139 Support and Repairs – Roadmap for 2.2x
  • Stellaris Grand AI Tournament, Megacorp Edition
  • Stellaris Corporation Civics Overview
  • Let’s Roleplay Stellaris Megacorp: MEGACORPSE INC. (Playlist)

This post will be continously updated with community fun videos like the Grand AI Tournament, guides and news about 2.2 and Megacorp from the point of release.

You can already start creating and sending me some empires and corporations because we’re going to have a new GRAND AI TOURNAMENT! Contact me via Comments or mail to thoughtfulgaming ( at ) hotmail.com if you want to be added to the Tournament’s Mailing list, too.

Stellaris Dev Diary #140 Constant Improvements 2.2x

Stellaris Dev Diary #139 Support and Repairs – Roadmap for 2.2x

Dev Diary #139 „Let’s fix these“

by Daniel Moregard (promoted from the Stellaris team)

Basically he is a cool guy and will gain more profile as he becomes more prominent. Seems a little bit more down-to-earth from the first glance but if you read his twitter from time to time he definitely also has a VISION.

Pop Growth

„can feel wrong“

„adjusting how pops are chosen for growth“

„especially for planets where they have low habitability (that should only be done as a player choice)“

Current Pop Growth

Makes your population incredibly diverse for no logical reason, because you only have one „growing“ spot. It’s the game’s limitation on pops causing this and that is ultimately the problem. It results in very illogical developments, like that your main population should have the most frequent absolute pop growth (because of their base mass).

In fact, after you have immigrants, your original pops often basically stop growing in numbers. That is illogical, but supported by the growth formula that supports lower-in-number pops to be grown.

What, then, is a solution? The pop system is necessary for the game and its diverse species but fails to adapt to the reality of normal population growth mechanics.

Realistic Pop Growth System

Solution? I’d love to say it’s easy, but it’s not.

To simulate real pop growth and then have „pure species pops“ coming out of it, you need a very complicated system.

Pop growth of a population needs to be calculated for every species and sub species separately and parallel, like in the old system. Say one pop is simulated by the number 1 million people of species x, then that number will rise continously. You will have two pops once you reach 2 million, then you have another pop. Of course, to have ONE ADDITIONAL POP, or million, will be much quicker for a population of 10 or 50 million.

This will result in low-number species have incredibly long times to get to a second pop. Due to the diverse nature of the game if you play xenophile you’ll have a very long time before you have ANY POP GROWTH AT ALL as a species diverse empire in the middle and end game with the migration treaties.

But mixed species pops cannot work in workplaces, so there’s that.

So you’d have to have buildings giving you hundreds of thousands of jobs to give the other species the chance to have a VISIBLE effect at all. Everything would have to be inflated in numbers. And then, Stellaris stops being visually easy and goes the way to become a strategic space simulation rather than a strategy game, so I’m very curious about their solutions they come up with.

Ship Upgrades

„Improving the Ship Upgrade mechanics so that if you cancel at 99% it will still leave some of your fleet with the upgrades rather than doing nothing“

Reasonable. They want to do it ship by ship which is totally logical and feels just the right way to do.

„Tweaking upgrade costs and time“

It has been a complaint that creating new ships was actually always cheaper than upgrading old ones which is a reasonable complaint. Why was that a game mechanic at all? Because the thing you PAY FOR with the increased cost is keeping your crew that will accumulate experience. You could say you need to pay them extra for a while to make them still available when their new ship comes up.

Ultimately, simulating crews separately would solve a lot of problems but it would also make the game more complicated which, again, makes it less of a game. But it is also reasonable that slightly upgrading your ship and exchanging parts while the core stays the same shouldn’t cost more than an actual new ship. So let’s keep it simple and just reduce upgrade costs and, maybe, increase ship costs a bit to compensate.

Planet View UI ETC

„Will clean up the district view“

„will make special resources visible better“

„will be able to prioritize one job per strata by giving it stars“

It sounds to me that they know they’re in a deep swamp with the new Planet View UI, so let’s just see what they can do to make it better step by step.

I love multi species empires, so my priority would be to give pops preferred jobs, or rather a priority to get certain jobs easier, well that’s not bound to the planet view but a general rule. But really, multi species empires at the moment are a mess, just like the planet view UI.

The steps they mentioned though WILL make things better and then we’ll probably see other prominent steps to make everything better, so believe in change and, probably, believe in SCRUM management.

Paradox Original Dev Diary #139

The Stellaris Megacorp Grand AI Tournament is now accepting submissions: Do You also like to create Stellaris Empires? Watch the video and join the fun 🙂

To get you started here’s a first overview about the civics, ideas and synergies of a Megacorporation (Stellaris Megacorp DLC)

 

But now: Paradox has delivered! And we will as well: Here you go – have fun watching and Happy Gaming 🙂

Our Let’s Roleplay Megacorp on Grand Admiral / 5x Crisis – MEGACORPSE INC. Schedule: Daily 4 PM GMT+1

Let’s Play Stellaris: The Cthulhu Myth – a Roleplay and Survive Adventure!

Hi there, fellow Startravellers :)

Stellaris is just too awesome to stay a lurker. So, started a LP with the following background:

Trying to survive as the Arkham Humans: We have recreated the strange world of the Cthulhu Myth in Stellaris by adding all of the Races of the Lovecraft / Smith / Derleth / etc. cycle to the game. Now it is full of strange, slave-holding, mind-controlling abominations – out to get mankind! We are playing the Arkham Humans, trying to survive this Maelstrom of Madness :) This is a Huge Galaxy with quite some advanced starts, so it may be impossible to survive while roleplaying our Diplomats. We will see…

We are roleplaying the intentions of a slightly naive, friendly, xenophile nation, so non-optimal gameplay choices are sometimes made – intentionally. In a universe made mainly of the cruel killers of the Cthulhu Myth mankind still wants to look at itself and say “we are the good guys!”.
We are also roleplaying the ingame Characters, so their preferences will be preferred (for example the specialty fields of researchers will mostly be chosen in research choices; or the personality traits of admirals will also be considered).

After meeting the Cthulhu Mythos empires, I’ll always give a short introduction into their culture and motivation in the Cthulhu / Lovecraft cycles and their connections to other races. And now started, after getting more experienced in the game, to add little quests and stories to it which will be included in later episodes.

The Playlist starts here with over 50 Episodes currently. Adding new ones daily at the moment as the game has hooked me!

Intro

First Gameplay Video

So, I’d appreciate any new contacts, people to talk/write with and also of course feedback (made a curious intro together with my wife which should be really atmospheric to watch, though it’s rather technically simple :-D) and, if you’re a fan of Lovecraftian backgrounds and the whole Cthulhu myth, you will probably enjoy watching it! Also improving it steadily after viewer suggestions and new ideas :)

Also open for modding suggestions.. like to write stories and events, as I’m an experienced dungeon master. So if anyone up there is already working on a Cthulhu mod or wants to start one… I’m here :)

At the moment, I’m house-ruling quite much of the game into making it more difficult: As individualists, we cater the empire to the suggestions of the individuals in charge – scientists will always research their specialty fields for example, if accessible – and much more. It adds even more personality to the already great game!

See you and maybe have fun watching!
When really notable changes happen, like forming a federation or an alliance, I’ll come back with a detailed post.

Sincerely yours,
Immanuel Can from Thoughtful Gaming