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  1. Interesting set of questions. I definitely agree with Nehkrimah's response. Any techs acquired by the active player using the top half of the card fall under the category of "acquired by the primary" in my book. So, if someone receives 1 tech for free and a 2nd for cost, the rest of the folks could choose to get either one for free. Jol-Nar thing, not so much. When the Jol-Nar player is activating the secondary AND the primary, that player can get a free tech via the secondary if it copies one of the active player's choices. Then they can get use their special ability to do the primary madness, getting a 2nd one for free and finally a third for 8, less all their crazy discounts they usually have accumulated (e.g. Neural Computing, scientists on tech specialty planets, etc.).
  2. Your videos are impressive. It's not how I'd approach the challenge, but I like what you have done. Keep us posted on progress!!
  3. I've tried the Eclipse app. It's a great port, but with all the shortcomings of the board game, at least to me. Luck reigns and it falls flat compared to TI3. The multiplayer sucks (never finished a game because all the other players always quit or never take their turns). The AI is good, but predictable after a few games: oh look, the Planta are upgrading hulls. It's worth the $6.99 if you are into Eclipse, but I only play it because I don't have TI3 on the iPad.
  4. The FAQ has ruled that 52N6's ability may not be used for racial technologies or Stasis Capsules. Does that mean the ability COULD be used for War Sun? If yes, then when a player is attacked with a fleet including the War Sun, the War Sun simply can't participate in the space battle. Is that correct?
  5. …and the Speaker gets to vote last. In the event of a tie, the Speaker decides.
  6. I'm a hopeless addict. The best iPad app I've found for space strategy is Starbase Orion. It plays like other 4x games you've tried on the PC. Ascendancy isn't bad either, a bit retro but okay. TI3 must make a showing in this arena. I think it would be huge for the community and great fun to boot. Sure, it will never replace all the elements of face-to-face TI3, but the point is that I can play TI3 on the iPad 24x7 (if I cut off work, family, sleep, etc.). Face-to-face TI3 is about 6x per year at best. An iPad app for TI3 wouldn't make me stop the face-to-face, it just would give me something to do in between sessions.
  7. I've posted on this thread before. It's hard for me not to start fleshing out my own ideas with a proof-of-concept. I love this game and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see FFG take on this effort. You did a great job with Elder Sign, now time to do it up right with your flagship game. Spread around this recent article from the LA Times: www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-fi-ct-board-games-20121113-71,0,2368312.story The article mentions how iphone/iPad/PC games can actually boost sales for board games. FFG, are you listening!?? Let the record show that I am willing to offer up anything FFG needs to help out with this effort. I have decades of software engineering experience (including design, project management, documentation, and coding) and dozens of TI3 games under my belt. I would volunteer to help make an electronic version of TI3 possible, have ideas how to get past some of the tricky bits (and still maintain the awesome insanity that comes with political and action cards), and would still pay any price to have the opportunity to play TI3 in an electronic format. Drooling whenever I think about this. C'mon fans, keep this thread alive.
  8. For this objective, you need to control MR (the planet and the space) as well as all adjacent systems. System control requires a non-fighter ship in space and control of all the planets. Systems without planets only need the non-fighter ship in space. Special systems that are impossible to occupy, such as Super Novae or Asteroid Fields, would be excluded from the requirements of the objective.
  9. Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but I have a t-shirt with the TI3 logo on the front and the Latin words on the back. I received it as a gift from my wife, who used one of those custom t-shirt web sites and some digital photos from the box to put it together. I wear it everywhere hoping someone will come up to me in public and throw down the glove! I've also worn it to a few of our local games.
  10. If revealing your Spy first, selecting the Speaker token, drawing 2 new PCs that can be used as trade goods, choosing which player to select an agenda (if any still have Political Cards), and choosing whether or not there is a Voice of the Council vote isn't enough, some folks will allow you to draw 1 or 2 Action Cards when playing with Assembly II. Discuss it before the game begins. In a 4 player game, where it comes up every game round, 3 or even 2 ACs seemed a bit much to me. For the Yssaril, that could mean 4 ACs per round with no hand limit. Do the math, that is a lot of extra ACs.
  11. If you're trying to bring new players into the fold, I wager you may have better luck trying more general gaming group sites. You may want to try researching local meetup, google, or yahoo groups in your area. Craig's List may work as well. Heck, even trolling local game shops might open you up to the new community. TI3 players are rare gems, but you can usually find many gamers willing to try a more epic game.
  12. Mercs are quite powerful--some players remove the most powerful mercs from the game or ignore the option altogether. I love mercs myself. In a 4-player game where everyone picks 2 SCs, this guarantees some competition for Trade III. The player that takes Trade gets the merc, so I find it can actually help players with weaker starting fleets get a quick boost.
  13. Sleeved cards can get stuck together, but will certainly help protect from accidents. I kind of prefer the character that comes with a well-used set: for example, my Advanced Civilization game board has a couple of red wine stains that always bring a smile.
  14. No, you may not claim a secret objective in the same Status Phase as when you claim your Preliminary Objective. Even if you play with Bureaucracy, you are limited to only scoring the Preliminary Objective in one game round and a Secret Objective in a subsequent game round. Any objective scored may count in the case of the tie-breaker. This should include Voice of the Council, artifacts, Preliminary Objectives, Secret Objectives, and Public Objectives.
  15. I would pay 50 to 60 US dollars for a PC or Apple OS rendition of TI3. I would love it. I have thought about doing it myself many times. Why oh why is there nothing like this? As a long time PC gamer fan of the 4X space games out there, I can say that none of them are quite the same. I want TI3 with good AI foes so I can play by myself and I want robust multiplayer options. NOW! Just another frenzied fan…
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