Just got the game today and I'm wondering about a few things. I'm sure they must have come up before, but browsing these forums and the wiki pages are just making me more confused, so I'd really appreciate some help...
1. When a tech lists, for example, "Social production +10", what does that actually mean? A 10% bonus to social production on all your colonies? If so, is there anywhere that lists all the bonuses you've gained from technologies?
2. Is the mini-map the only place you can see which areas you've explored and which you haven't? There doesn't seem to be any indication on the main view of whether you've 'seen' a specific parsec or not?
3. I'm struggling to get my head around the 'spending' aspect of the economy.
My home planet has a Civilization Capital that, according to the info, has an Industry capacity of 24mp and a research capacity of 24rp. According to the manual, if I set my 'Spending' slider to 100%, I should be using my full industrial and research capacity. I assumed that meant I would be generating 24 industry (split between social and military) and 24 research, for a total cost of 48 BC (24+24). I'm not. I'm getting 15 indsustry (7 military, 8 social) and 8 research.
The only way I seem to be able to use my full capacity is to use the Spending Distribution sliders. In other words, the only way to get all 24 research that my Civ Capital can produce is to sacrifice all my industry.
Is that the way things are supposed to work? You can only utilise your full capacity in one area (social, military, research) by sacrificing your capacity for the other two?