After a brief recess from playing GalCiv, I'm back again. I was playing that other Sins game. I love ToA but making adjustments to my strategies is proving more difficult than I first imagined. I have been playing DA since it came out and I got pretty good at it. My favorite race to play was the Iconians. I figured I would start with them again in ToA. I am finding very quickly that all my old playstyles will not work.
For example, I get two major precursor science buildings at the beginning of the game. But they both have that one-per-planet rule and are very expensive. I have to weigh how important they are for my science needs. It takes a while to get up to the research facilities, so in the beginning they are my only option. Did I mention that I get no market centers or any equivilant buildings until farther up the tree? Keeping my economy in the black is very difficult. I am just glad one of the science buildings has an economy boost of 10%. (I forget which one, but names are not important. You know which one it is if you play this race.)
How about those factories? Sure, they are really cheap, but they don't produce much early in the game. I decided to trade for some factory techs and got my production up much higher. The cost ended up being too much maintenance for my civ to handle and I quickly had to retire due to mismanagement of resources. Yuck.
Lastly, after taking a look at my tech tree, I noticed that I could not research any new government types. The tree stopped at Alliances. I guess I will have to do a lot more trading to change governments later on. This is one aspect I never expected to run into.
My point is this:
ToA will be frustrating in the beginning. Once I figure out how each race works, it will be a great experience. I will be searching the forums or maybe the wiki site for some strategies on how to play the races. For example:
Terrans = Fairly Standard Play
Drengin = Offense oriented
Torians = Breeders = Good economy???
These are a guess because I have not been able to test the races yet.
If anybody knows a good wiki site or forum link, it would be very helpful. I would like to thank the devs for putting out an expansion that feels more like a full game than something added on.