Hi! I bought the Ultimate Edition some time ago, as part of a collection of more sci-fi games. I just recently started to get really into it, but there are some things that puzzle me and the manual, forums and wiki did not help.
First, how is research linked with production? I understand that I can use the Production Capacity-slider to choose how much of my research/production capacity I want to use. Then I have those three sliders for military, social and research. So I can adjust what percentages of the "hammers" gets to space ships and to buildings. I see that I research techs faster, if I assign a greater percentage to research, at the expense of social and military production. But I just don't understand how production and research are linked in this game since "hammers" come from factories, while "beakers" come from academies and such. Do I need a "hammer" + a "beaker" to generate a tech point?
After playing some normal games (beginner & simple), I tried the Dread Lords-campaign (normal difficulty). I found the first two missions simply boring, I just conquered almost passive opponent. Does it get any better later on? And are there missions that allow victory without just conquering everything? What are the other campaigns like?
I also noted that at the beginning, I can build basic farms, but they vanish after a few turns. I checked the tab for old buildings too.