Shadow Empire Design Snippet #30

Snippet #30: The Tech Tree

Time for a new Snippet. Shadow Empire will have a Tech Tree. But it is not completely your regular kind of tree…

Part of the Tech Tree

The essence of Shadow Empire research is that it is a two-step process. First you have to discover a Tech and then you can chose to research that Tech.

Discovery is easier than researching, thus often you’ll have to make a choice which of your discoveries you’ll actually want to focus your research on.

Due to the random discoveries you’ll never have exactly the same Techs between which to chose to focus your Research on.

However having said that… the system is only partly random. This is because Techs always belong to a Tech Group. Once you have researched 3 Techs in a Group all the Techs in the connected Groups will become open to Discovery. So for example in the above screeny the Player will only be able to make discoveries in the Basic Tech Group. Once the Player has researched 3 Techs of this Group he’ll be able to also discover Techs in the Chemistry and Engineering Tech Groups.

In case anybody wonders what the small letter codes “Mi”,”Ec” and “Ap” signify… They signify the Council you’ll need to Discover and Research them: The Military Research Council, The Economy Council or The Applied Sciences Council.

That’s it for this Snippet!

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2 Responses to Shadow Empire Design Snippet #30

  1. stdwanze says:

    What is meant by “discovery”. Do i, as a player see all possible researches form the get go and have a two stage model in unlocking them, or does it mean my tree is empty at the start and is gradually filled?
    Btw, as always, looks great.

  2. vic says:

    The tree is not procedural and always the same.
    However what you will discover first (step 1) will “always” be different and hence you’ll “never” have exactly the same choice what to actually research (step 2).

    best wishes,
    Vic

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