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Question about "Focused Research AC"

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I'm fuzzy on the rulings of this card, despite having read the FAQ.

If I want Type IV Drive,, which requires XRDs and Neural Motivator,, can I get the tech if I have XRD's and no yellow tech? Or do I in fact need e.g. XRDs AND Micro Technology (only skipping one step on the tech tree)?

I don't understand the meaning of "prerequisite" in this context. 


If it means you need XRDs and Micro,, then it's a really weak card cuz you pay 6 resources not to get a tech. Or am i missing something?

Beacuse if it lets you skip one thing, not one step, then you can go for e.g. XRDs which is a "lvl 2" tech and go straight for a "lvl 7" type IV drive, which would be awesome. But it sounds a bit OP.

 

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As far as I recall it only allow you to ignore one requisite; that is one in the chain of techs reaching all the way from the basic techs to the one you want to buy. That is very clear, in my opinion, in the FAQ.

 

An exception is the L1Z1X racial tech which allows you to ignore any number of requisites.

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So if you should explain using the Type IV Drive example, and i have XRDs and Focus Research AC do I need:

a) nothing else
b) Micro Technology

 

to tech up to Type IV Drive. A or B?

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When I downloaded the TI3 Tech Manager for Androids,, selected Winnu, added XRD and chose "Include Focused Research-AC",, I was able to choose Type IV Drives. So I guess it's A, nothing else. 

E.g. if you're so lucky as to get FR early in-game and somehow get your hands on XRDs,, Advanced Fighters are two techs away. Craaaazy!

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E.g. if you're so lucky as to get FR early in-game and somehow get your hands on XRDs,, Advanced Fighters are two techs away. Craaaazy!

Indeed. On the other hand, it's one card in close to 200 (expansions included.)

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Actually Winnu start with Antimass and Stasis, so they only need XRDs, Neural Motivators for Type IV Drive. 
So FR only let's you skip one requisite for 6 resources. Not an entire branch. 

So the answer was B. 

But there is at least one card in the game that let's you search the AC-deck for one card and pick it. I got that card last game and chose between Massive Transport (SD-relocation), DN in HS and Focus Research. But then I wondered if I made a misstake... But finally understanding that FR is not that big of a deal in a game with two separate VPs for tech, it's okay to go the "long" way up the tech tree. 

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