The worst thing about advent is it seems the harmony tree and hostility tree don't match-where harmony is the bottleneck. Crystal upgrades are suppose to be tier 1 (3 levels) and 3 onwards while metal 3 (2 Levels) onwards
It goes with the premise their ships need more crystal and since they can research things faster then crystal extraction rate plays a very important role.
For starters since the illums only ever fire 1 or 2 of their banks there too expensive as a result are unable to out-perform vasari's and tecs long range.
The other problem is the carrier is too expensive for the harmony tree at tier 2 while its fighters can't stand toe to toe with vasari or tec
After playing in frustration i read up some modding and made a simple mod and increased the advent trade port income to 1.5 instead of 1 and increased the credit cost to 1125 instead of 750 and build time by %50 out of feeling guilty. The bonus to the trade chains will kick in and ill be better off because instead of building more than 1 trade port im using the other slots early on to build hostility temples to quickly access repair platforms, illums and guardians.
Second gave the mothership a starting colonize planetary upgrade cost reduction of %25, then %35 and then %50.
Third i reduced the crystal cost of the illuminator to 22 from 55 and also reduced the build time from 29 seconds to 20 seconds.
I have also reduced the drone hosts crystal cost from 220 to 120 and build time from 68 seconds to 48 seconds.
Fourth im trying to look for the hoshiko files, compare and turn off channeling for the Subjugator with preserverence.
(help me if anyone knows how to do it)
The artifact system is somewhat annoying. It cost too much to reduce its costs and in the case of the advent they should be more likely to find artifacts because of their insanely religious approach to economics and technology. Just saying there's no point in exploring planets and get nothing in their case. They get wiped out for wasting credits.
Thus working on enhancing the colonize ability for the mother-ship to allow a %80 percent cost reduction for exploring planets.
(help if anyone can do it) . Want to delete the research for artifacts from the harmony tree,
Ill re-post this at the modding section.
For now anyone know which files deal with the advent (psi) harmony tree?