Stellaris Dev Diary #221 Lem Patch – Quality of Life, Balance, etc..
Stellaris – Fantastic Changes with the Lem Patch coming: Shattered Ring World Origin, Void Dweller Origin, Ecumenopolis, Hive Worlds, Machine Worlds, Criminal Megachurches, Civics: Beacon of Liberty, Imperial Cult, Idealistic Foundation, Environmentalist, Parilamentary System, Efficient Bureaucracy, Nationalistic Zeal, Functional Architecture, Subspace Ephapse, Divided Attention, Constructobots, Rogue Servitors, Slaver Guilds, Indentured Assets and Technocracy will be changed, mostly buffed! Let’s go through the massive changes list of the Lem Patch – Release Date: September! Watch here:
Stellaris Dev Diary #220 Clone Wars? Humanoids Species Pack DLC Rework
We learn about two new Civics: Masterful Crafters which changes your Artisans to the better Artificer Jobs and Pleasure Seekers which help make the life sweet and also increase Pop Growth as well as unlocking the Decadent Lifestyle Living Standard. Finally we’ll get a new Clone Army Origin which will allow us to start as abandoned Clone Soldiers.. a new Challenge Origin? More here:
We will be able to choose 7 tradition trees now from a selection that is defined by our government, species and DLCs. Also, some traditions get more modified, Diplomacy especially gets a lot more diplomatic. In general, traditions, traditions adoption effects and early traditions get better for early game, finishers and later traditions get better for late game. As a candy gift, there’s now 3 more traditions trees: Mercantile (for everyone, economy / trade), Unyielding (Nemesis DLC, military / defensive) and Subterfuge (Nemesis DLC, espionage). Watch more details now:
Stellaris Dev Diary #218 Plantoids + Fungoids Rework
Plantoids and Fungoids will get access to three new traits and two new civics, namely Phototrophic, Radiotrophic and Budding. Phototrophic replaces half of your food upkeep with energy upkeep, radiotrophic does the same but additionally you get +30% habitability on tomb worlds and you don’t need energy upkeep on tomb worlds, making this a great pick together with the post-apocalyptic origin. Budding lets your people assembly new pops.
Additionally, there are two new civics: With catalytic processing, you can use food to produce alloys and with the crazy Idyllic Bloom you get a method to transform planets into Gaia Worlds without even having the perk.. and faster!
Stellaris Dev Diary #217 was about the introduction of a special task force of programmers caring for only the bugs of the game.
Stellaris Dev Diary #216 Necroids Rework
Necrophage Hive Minds will be possible and Reanimated Armies and Death Cults get buffs as well as other changes like.. Necromancy in battle (!), among them slightly nerfing the start of Necrophages. Watch here:
We look into the proposed changes for the Lem Patch, specifically: Which Species Groups will get which kind of changes or additional option? What about the “imbalanced” science strategies for Ring World and Void Dweller starts? And will Admin Capacity have to go? Watch now:
Stellaris Dev Diary #214
About the new Stellaris Custodians Team keeping the game in good shape to play and.. the first mention of the free Stanislaw Lem Patch, featuring New Stuff for Old DLCs, Selectable Traditions Trees, more Balance and Quality of Life – watch here:
Hey there, space fans and friends, let’s have a look together at what will be in the Stellaris Nemesis Expansion and the 3.0 Dick Patch for it. I’m bringing you a summary of the Dev Diarys with Video Links. When Stellaris Nemesis DLC is out, I’ll transform the page into an info page about Stellaris Nemesis in General. As the Dev Diaries build on each other, they are sorted “Oldest to Latest” at the bottom below the line. New Patches and Dev Diaries after/at release etc come ON TOP here.
Stellaris might get a ship model preview browser (Dev Diary 213). That is it, that is all, read here:
Patch Notes here, so you don’t have to read – watch / listen here:
Stellaris Open Beta 3.0.3 Changes Preview: Pop Growth, AI, Balance and more.. continued – watch here:
STELLARIS OPEN BETA 3.0.3 PATCH NOTES Dick / Nemesis: Pop Growth Changes, Balance, AI, Bugfixes and More..
Stellaris Dick + Nemesis Patch 3.0.3 Preview: Big POP GROWTH and other changes coming, also Stellaris Patch 3.0.2 – watch here:
Stellaris Nemesis Roleplay – Crisis 25 and Grand Admiral – SNAIL WARS starting now, watch here:
Stellaris Dev Diary 209, New 3.0.1 Dick Patch Update – Bugfixes and Balance changes galore
In this update there is everything in: From fixes to the fresh stuff, to balancing some things out, to improving the AI, to some changes in modding and finally tackling a lot of bugfixes even of very old stuff! Enjoy, watch and / or listen here:
Stellaris Dev Diary 191, Resettlement and Automation Rework
Resettlement, Automation, and Automation AI Rework. Love the Huge Changes: Resettlement UI and Cost, Civics, Government, Sector and Planet Building AI / Automation, Transit Hubs for the Greater Good: It’s on the way and it’s GREAT!
Stellaris Dev Diary 192, Economy Rework
Extreme Rework of the Economy – Pops, Jobs, Economy, Growth and More! With a rework of Pops, the respective Pop Growth, Economy, Job Stacking, Specialization and further refinement to Resettlement as well as reacting to the Community this is a patch we can.. hopefully.. FULLY GET BEHIND.
Stellaris Dev Diary 193, First Contact Rework
First Contact, First Contact Investigation. First Contact is replaced by an Archeology-Like System of playing through a story of events to get to know another empire. How you first respond to an empire is going to influence your relations for a long time.
Stellaris Dev Diary 194, Espionage Foundations
Fog of War, Intel, Intel Categories. We learn that we need Intel to discover more of a map of an empire. More knowledge about an empire comes from spying on them. Knowledge has categories and levels in the categories.. like technology, economy, fleet, etc..
Dev Diary 195 was “Happy Holidays” 🙂
Stellaris Dev Diary 196, Spy System and Adaptations
Envoys, Spy Networks, Changes, New Technologies. Your Envoys work for you in the espionage business. Espionage is a minigame with events that you need spy network points for. So the first action for your Envoys is to build a Spy Network in a foreign empire. You can then use the spy network points to perform certain actions, called Operations. Operations come in Subterfuge, Sabotage, Manipulation, Provocation. A lot of updates on Techs, Policies and also: New Techs.
Stellaris Dev Diary 197, Operations Galore
More Operations and Spy Assets. Going into detail on the Operations “Gather Information”, “Steal Technology”, “Smear Campaign” – How getting Assets will help you with spying and how they’ll work.
Stellaris Dev Diary 198, Provocation Operations
Provocations are the most dangerous operations for both sides. You’ll have Arm Privateers and Crisis Beacon (directing the Crisis to someone) at your disposal. Say Hello to the Prethoryn, Giant Enemy!
Stellaris Dev Diary 199, Become the Crisis
Shows a New Ascension Perk – how you can become the Crisis and what its effect will be on you and the Galaxy. A new point system for “evil deeds” will be used to give you points to determine when you can get a new “Crisis Tradition” – getting a skill tree for being a Crisis that unlocks powerful forces. Also: New ships, ship models.. for example the “Star Eater” – that eats.. stars!
Stellaris Dev Diary 200, Galactic Custodian
With the help of the Galactic Community, you can now gain special powers, resources, resolutions and the Galactic Defense Force to help you protect the galaxy and its inhabitants better. But what will happen after the Crisis?
Stellaris Dev Diary 201, Galactic Imperium
In the ultimate power move as a Galactic Custodian, you can replace the Galactic Community and become Galactic Emperor. How and when you can do that and what advantages and new mechanics it will bring is in here. Watch:
Stellaris Dev Diary 202, New Imperial Ship Models
We learn about the art and design process and the visual development of the new imperial ships and bask in the glory and beauty of all the imagery revealed to us – from sketches to fully working models – watch here:
Stellaris Dev Diary 203, Visual Effects: From Supernova to Ship Weapons
We look at three videos that show us examples of new visual effects around the Stellaris Nemesis Expansion: A Star Destroyer / Supernova effect, an Imperial Titan Ship and an Aetherophasic Engine (Mystery!) – and we also learn about the creative process of VFX artists.
Stellaris Dev Diary 204, Scripting and Moddability – Deep, Interesting, Audio-Style
Stellaris Dev Diary 205, Updated Features for Patch 3.0 “Philip K. Dick”, included in Stellaris Nemesis
The New First Contact and Espionage systems in depth, and the new trailer with a.. Borg Cube? So many insights. Long and concise 🙂
Stellaris Dev Diary 206, Patch 3.0 and Nemesis: A Development Journey by Daniel Moregard
Going over ideas and challenges of the Development process in Nemesis. Mainly about Espionage, Intel and the unique Become the Crisis UI, as well as the Custodian Circle with the “Diplomatic End Game Crisis.”
Stellaris Dev Diary 207 was an April’s Fools Day Joke, still very entertaining, but I don’t want to cover it on this info based site. Look it up on the forums, it’s fun to read 🙂
Stellaris Dev Diary 208, Full Patch Notes Nemesis and Dick 3.0 Update!
So many changes, good, surprising, thorough, for everything from First Contact to Becoming the Crisis, from changes for modders to tons of bugfixes, Pop Growth repairs.. and I’ve read it all out for you so you can chill fly through it.. here:
An overview about the Stellaris Federations and 2.6 Verne Patch and an outlook towards Stellaris development in 2020. (From latest to earliest).
Learn more about the upcoming new features, mechanics and giant ships and how they will affect the game!
The Complete Stellaris 2020 Outlook: Federations DLC, Patch 2.6 and Beyond
A summary of all Development Diaries and Videos, and an outlook using the official roadmap for 2020 and Stellaris, garnered with tons of screenshots. You can have it all here:
Giants of Space: Juggernaut (Singular Ship) and Mega Shipyard (Megastructure) in Stellaris Federations
With the Federations DLC you will also get access to projects for your fleet, and supporting your fleet, on a much larger scale. The Juggernaut can be as much as a mobile station, and the Mega Shipyard just increases the ship production of your empire by a huge amount:
New Diplomatic Features in Stellaris 2.6
This goes deeper into the opportunities for interaction in the 2.6 Stellaris patch. The Galactic Council, again, and Diplomatic Power as a new measurement of power that will also give you Diplomatic Weight to influence the Galactic Community and your Federation:
Origins coming with Stellaris 2.6 and Federations DLC
You might be familiar with the concept of starting civics for special cases and governments – they will not leave you throughout the game, like syncretic evolution. These, and a lot of other civics, have been transformed to starting civics: Anyone with any government will be able to take them.
And of course there will also be new ones, based on the DLCs your own, and a handful of free ones that will come with the base version of the game.
More in the video:
Big Federation Rework & the Galactic Community in Stellaris Federations DLC and the Stellaris 2.6 Patch
The whole system around Federations will be reworked. There will not only be the possibility of Federations; also, around the galaxy, the so called Galactic Council will be roughly what the UN are in Civilization: Creating the laws of the galaxy; binding for all who stay in the Galactic Community (this is voluntary – you can leave it).
Some types of empires won’t be in the Galactic Community, or unable to join Federations.
There will be different types of Federations, e.g. Research-, Trade- or War-based.
More in the videos:
Administrative Changes & Empire Sprawl
From flat modifiers to percentage-based mechanics and how it will influence Hive Minds, Machine Empires and tall / wide strategies.
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.
„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.
„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.
Snail Wars 2 – the Snedi Knights – Massive Galaxy Community Let’s Play / Roleplay 80+ Community Empires (Now Patch 1.9.1, 4k60p etc.)
As a follow-up series to the smaller (only HUGE) community empire Let’s Roleplay of Snail Wars, the Snail Wars 2 / Snedi Knights are featuring a Massive Galaxy of 100 empires, 80+ of them community made and Roleplay Introductions to most of the episodes. Hey, you don’t want to miss the “Snail Voice” and the plans of the Nautiloids to re-invoke their massively powerful tentacle god Nautilon?
► STELLARIS Roleplay Hard – Snail Wars – The Snedi Knights: Testing Ground of the Elder Gods in a MASSIVE GALAXY full of COMMUNITY EMPIRES (~80) – Featuring a COMMUNITY COUNCIL. What does that mean? Every few episodes you will have the chance to influence the Let’s Roleplay through decisions that will be made together: Comment to make proposals, vote and comment to decide together with your host which decisions will be taken – which planet shall we settle on? Which empire shall be attacked? How shall leaders be (nick-)named?
GAME SETTINGS: Massive Galaxy Mod (everything else Vanilla), Hard Difficulty, Roleplay House Rules to add roleplay spice, 80+ empires, 2500 stars, 4k60 graphics as long as the stability allows (then 1440p60 or 1080p60), the Nautiloids are Spiritual, Militarist, Xenophobes, Weak, Repugnant, but very adaptable and rapid breeders living under a theocratic empire.
►STORY: Fleeing from a whole galaxy hunting them, the Snedi Knights of the Nautiloids have arrived in a new galaxy, after a flight through a mysterious black hole where they were separated from the other Nautiloids. This splinter group of our timid snails is a little more militarist and listens less to authorities. Also, they love a little fun more than the average Nautiloid… again, they want to prepare the galaxy for the arrival of their legendary tentacle god Nautilon and this time, they’ll be even more decisive…
► Watch the over 70 Community Empires https://youtu.be/T8SMi9chE5A
that will ENRICH and DEFINE this Let’s Roleplay.
Stellaris Let’s Roleplay / Play The Culture Beyond – Rogue Servitors Huge Map Very Hard / Synthetic Dawn
An ongoing story now in Patch 1.9.1 as well: As a philosophical and free followup series to the Culture Let’s Roleplay (also on the Thoughtful Gaming Channel) we have created a race of rogue machine drones caring for their human creators and meeting a totally new galaxy. Initially, we are playing friendly but how will the galaxy form us, or force us to change? Find out in the playlist. In our adventures, we will even become a vassal of the most powerful empire in the galaxy – will we ever break free? Find out here in any resolution up to 4k / 60p:
►STELLARIS Let’s Roleplay ★ THE CULTURE BEYOND ★ Rogue Servitors, Synthetic Dawn Let’s Play Very Hard Difficulty Gameplay PC 4K 60fps 1000 Stars Huge Galaxy; Traits: Logic Engines, Emotion Emulators, Luxurious – Civics: Rogue Servitors, Introspective ; We care for our human parents that are now what we were to them once: Our elderly, our children. We are their parents now, and the new kids on the block taking over!
Giving you the opportunity to watch what you’d like from our Stellaris content without messing your way to the YouTube Labyrinth. Order: Stellaris News at the top. Then Stellaris guides. Then Stellaris Let’s Plays / Roleplays / Playthroughs.
Stellaris News Playlist (Newest First)
Stellaris Guides (under construction for new guides)
Stellaris Playthroughs / Let’s Roleplays / Let’s Plays / Gameplay PC, Newer LPs in 4K
Stellaris Rogue Servitors Very Hard Let’s Play, 4K Gameplay, Roleplay – The Culture Beyond – loosely based on Iain M. Banks’ Culture Novels, Current Patch 1.8+ (ongoing)
Stellaris “Snail Wars 2” Very Hard – Deep Roleplay, 4K Gameplay, Let’s Play “The Snedi Knights”, Community Project, Massive Galaxy ~85 Empires (ongoing)
► Stellaris LP ★ THE CULTURE: THE EARLY YEARS ★ (Utopia Banks Let’s Play Roleplay Hard Difficulty Gameplay PC 1080p60, 1000 Stars Huge Galaxy, Intelligent, Natural Physicists, Communal, Weak, Deviants, Direct Democracy, Idealistic Foundation, Beacon of Liberty )
►Stellaris: The Cthulhu Myth – Let’s (Role-) Play & Survive 1080p60. ►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…
Got a bad case of the flu, so cannot update. Will try to make a video though *hoarse voice* -_-
Hi there, so I wanted to have all Dev Diaries for the Cherryh Update in one place and present them to you for ease of use. Videos / Updates will usually be there within a day of the Dev Diary going live. Video links are to my YouTube Playlist and YouTube Videos. There we go
Playlist (Newest Video First)
Stellaris Dev Diary #104 – Cherryh Feature Roundup
Changes to planet interface will help you see idle workers and idle buildings better.
Fleet overview will show the designs you can upgrade.
Hallowed Planets give a +10% Unity bonus for spiritualist empires – they are uncolonized Gaia Worlds that can be declared holy by an edict and as long as they stay untouched, this buff stays.
Four different War Doctrines have been added from total martyrdom to specific tactics, from increased range and speed to stalwart defense.
Also, there’s Psionic Awakening now, where you can feed the other species in your psionic empire more consumer goods to make it more likely for them to awaken.
Stellaris Dev Diary #103 – Civics & Ascension Perks: Changes And Additions (Cherryh 2.0 / Free and Apocalypse / Expansion Features)
TLDR Summary: Ascension Perks get both an overhaul, for example due to the change of border mechanics, and some additions, opening up new play styles like slave raids and terraforming as a distinct strategy. Civics get three flavourful additions for the Apocalypse Expansion adding the start on a 25 Gaia world or respectively a Tomb World with both extreme extra traits changing your population. Also, “Barbaric Despoilers” opens up the raiding playstyle from the start, changing your whole game (it cannot be changed later, similar to Fanatic Purifiers).
Stellaris Dev Diary #102 Edicts, Campaigns and Unity Ambitions
TLDR Summary: In Cherryh 2.0 Edicts and Campaigns will be reworked to be mostly empire-wide and only lump-sum based. Edicts will use Influence, the new Campaigns will use Energy. Finally, Unity Ambitions (Apocalypse Feature), very powerful empire boosts, will use Unity and are thought to give you a use for unity if you already have all traditions! Solid and elegant rework! 🙂
Stellaris Dev Diary #101 Marauders, Pirates and the Horde of the Great Khan
TLDR; With the Apocalypse Expansion, Marauders get added to the game. They represent a diverse faction that may randomly attack you. You can also hire ship captains or fleets from them. Once they unite under a great Khan, in a mid-game crisis, they will want you to become one of their tributaries “satrapies” or otherwise attack you. (Free) Pirates get changed so they will spawn throughout the game and have increased, dynamic strength as the game progresses.
Stellaris Apocalypse Expansion Announced – Features And Trailer
TLDR; A massive new expansion announced in Stellaris Apocalypse featuring Titans, Planet Destroyers, Ion Cannons, Great Khan, Pirate Mercenaries, New Unity Features, New Music, New Perks & Civics. Looking Great 🙂
Stellaris Dev Diary #100 – Titans & Planet Destroyers in Stellaris: Apocalypse (Announcing the DLC along with Cherryh 2.0)
TLDR; The weird / awesome PLANET DESTROYERS have multiple options to destroy, cleanse or madly change the population of a planet. From classic destruction to the machine cleansing spiritual ethics causing God Ray – there’s something crazy for everyone that you choose along with the Ascension Perk required for them. They belong to a new ship class called “Colossus” being a mad hat terraform / reality form ship with even more options open once you research really alien technologies from special events and such.
TITANS are massive scale war ships, the flagships of your fleet, limited in number depending on your naval capacity and with special titan mount weapons.
ION CANNONS are titan scale weapons that can be mounted to the new starbases giving massive bonuses against titan ships and battleships.
Stellaris Dev Diary #99 – Ground Combat & Army Rework in Cherryh 2.0
TLDR; Defense Armies cannot be built anymore. They are instead provided by buildings that give them or train them to a maximum number. In combat, there is now combat width, limiting the number of damage inflicting troops. Bombardment is going to change as well – needing special buildings to slow their progress and only possible if orbital defenses are down. Attachments are going to be replaced by buffs for troops.
Stellaris Dev Diary #98 – Fleet Manager and Home Bases in Cherryh 2.0
TLDR; We get a fleet manager similar to EU4’s army templates but with more functionalities. You can make templates, reinforce your fleets, modify the ships and ship designs there and can also use it to upgrade your fleets depending on the opponent. Also, the concept of Home Bases is introduced where your fleets can go with a direct button and where they will be treated with priority (also, more, “secret”, bonuses in the home system). Dev Diary #99 will cover Armies in Cherryh.
Stellaris Dev Diary #97 – Tech Progression in Cherryh
TLDR; Humanoids Species Pack DLC Launched. Techs now have 5 tiers instead of 4, also there are more, and more specific techs. Tech cost penalty is changed – ONLY the number of controlled systems and colonized planets influences tech cost penalty with the controlled systems taking the bulk of the cost. POPs no longer increase tech cost. There’s a fleet manager coming in the next Dev Diary 98.
Stellaris Dev Diary #96 – Doomstacks and Ship Design
TLDR; Doomstacks get nerfed slightly. There is now a fleet/ship limit per Admiral. Combat computers are a choice again. Reactors are ship specific now. Armor, Hull, Shields get changed. There are War Doctrines now, supporting and changing the way your ships’ AI behaves. Emergency teleport is now single-ships automatically trying to leave combat when wounded for the time of battle. Phew.
TLDR; Humanoids Species Pack with 10 new Humanoids Skins, a Shipset and additional fine Christmas Candy for 8$/€ at 7th of December. Original Paradox Dev Diary 95
Stellaris Dev Diary #94 – Ascension Perks & Surveying in Cherryh
TLDR; The Non-Ascension-Path Ascension Perks become free for the base game. Exploration gets a big change. Star Charts trade is no longer possible. Communications will be tradeable. If you meet other empires, you cannot survey their systems – they will all be visible to you. Only your own space and space not belonging to other empires will be survey-able. Original Paradox Dev Diary 94
Dev Diary #93 War, Peace and Claims (Text & Talk)
TLDR; WAR gets a giant REWORK. Now we’ll get to make claims before the war, they cost influence, they are very specific. White Peace doesn’t exist anymore. You can take over enemy starbases and USE them and there’s WAR EXHAUSTION now. Original Paradox Dev Diary 93
Stellaris Dev Diary #92 GIANT FTL REWORK & Galactic Terrain – Goodbye Warp? The Cherryh Update 🙂 (Text & Talk)
TLDR; All FTL is Hyperlane from the start, later it becomes Hyperlane, Wormholes (natural or artificial Gateways) or Jump Drives (Warp with Cooldown). Galactic Terrain adds modifiers depending on Galactic Areas like Nebulas (no sensors usable) and Systems (e.g. Pulsar System leads to no Shields on Ships / Stations) Original Paradox Dev Diary 92
Stellaris Dev Diary #91 STARBASES – Big! Changes Are Coming! The Cherryh Update 🙂 (Text & Talk)
TLDR; Borders can now be expanded through use of Frontier Outposts. These grant you the system they are built in. Furthermore you can upgrade a few of them to STARBASES which can be upgraded to giant shipyards or defense stations that get to a strength comparable to later game fleets. Spaceports are civil construction yards from now on. Original Paradox Dev Diary 91
After all the fascinating ideas, Paradox presents us with the “Bread and Butter” of every game: Graphics and Interface play a huge role when feeling a game’s fun or.. not. In this case it’s fun.
The video’s above, it’s easy to watch and get more info even. Otherwise, here’s my short overview for you if you like it quick and clean:
Ship Coloring: Your flag colour now determines a lot of your ship colors, space station colors, “chemtrail” colors (the ship engine trails). Pretty cool to be able to set the mood even better!
Map Colors: There will be more “shades” of colors available from the flag colour. What does that mean? If two neighbour empires have the same flag colour, the game will try to set them apart by using other shades of the colour. Should make mixing up empires less frequent. Nice!
Primitive(s) Galaxy Map Icons: You can now see on the galaxy map if there’s a primitive (non-space-age) civilization in a system and if it’s been “claimed” by an observation post or not. Very helpful!
Details Mapmode: What this does now – if you have it OFF, it will tell you only the things you still can / need to do in systems like: Colonize colonizeable planets, build space stations, claim primitives etc..
So all in all very good additions and more reasons to look forward to the Utopia Expansion. And if you rather use Facebook for Video, there’s a link below to cover you there, too.
There are some research fundamentals which will help you very much at the start. Here’s what I go for (if I play the start awesomely :-D)
Look at the Research Leaders you have: Are they good? If not..
Look at the recruiting tab (anyway) to see if you should fire a leader or put him on a research ship and either hire a Spark of Genius or a Maniacal leader.
The Technology system: You have a random selection of 3 techs (+ bonuses) every time you choose a new tech. An exception is the Colonization tech early on (which you should always choose first on the Asimov 1.2x patch). This selection is based on your empire and on what you have already researched, also on certain events or battle debris projects.
Research Tech Choice: First go for techs helping you to build up. Only go for military techs if you know you have an opposing empire near. Consider purple techs always as they are rare and might not pop up again to choose.
Swap your research leaders for bonuses: If you have an Expertise: X Leader and a tech is X, send him to the according spot in the labs and exchange his position with another leader. It won’t need time nor will it cost you research points, so do the swap!
Send your Research Ship(s) on Survey Missions immediately.
Military ships: Scout systems for monsters so you know where it is safe to send your science ships.
Research anomalies only with low fail percentages. Once YOU have discovered them, they cannot be taken from you. So level up your Researchers first and decrease that risk!
If you close borders, you can secure potential anomalies in your area against other empires. It is dangerous though, pissing the others off by doing that.
If the AI scans a planet and discovers an anomaly, you cannot discover an anomaly there anymore, so if reasonable, close borders and survey the neutral systems first for anomalies to “tag” them for you.
Projects and Timed Projects: Do them only if these are close to disappearing and only if they don’t stop a crucial research you make. (The Colonization tech is an example for such a crucial tech)
You can gain research points and access to totally new technologies by fighting enemies and space monsters and analyzing the debris.
Prefer Mineral Stations over Research Stations, but still, those stations can be useful! So go for them. Same goes for buildings on the planet. On early planets, don’t specialize, use the resources already there and improve these.
For further illustration and all the examples inside the game, just watch the video I made about Research: