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Major Bugs in Latest Version 1.4X Edit

  • AI Surrendering is no longer noted by a "we are surrendering" box, just the side boxes.

Major Bugs in Latest Version 1.3 Edit

Major Bugs in Latest Version 1.2 Edit

  • "No production turn after loading game" bug. If you load a save game, you move, then you hit turn, and then you get an extra turn of moving. On this extra turn, there is no production of social, military, research, and the date does not change.
    • Fixed in 1.3! Yay!
  • Hyperion Shrinker gives less space and miniaturization bugs [1] This is caused by a rounding error and can be fixed by increasing the size of all hulls and components by ten times. One can mod this into their own games.
    • Fixed in 1.2. The mod percentage no longer applies beyond the original hull size.
  • Performance and memory usage get a bit out of hand on huge and gigantic maps. There currently is some effort by Stardock at fixing this.
  • The watch battle viewer currently does not work no matter the settings. It's just little icons on the screen.
  • User ship designs carry over from all saves and these clutter the list. When a design is deleted, all ships with it just go poof! with no notice of their completely worthless scrap values (like 10 credits for something that would cost 10,000 to buy) coming up (maybe scrap values not even given).
    • To declutter, delete the contents of My Documents/My Games/GalCiv2/Ships
  • Tthere no notice when the AI steals your technology.

Badly Needed Bugs and Features that Haven't Been Implemented Yet Edit

This section lists bugs and features that should be implemented, would be easy to implement, but for some bizarre reason haven't been implemented yet. The features listed here are duplicated in the corresponding sections below, where they are categorized by type.

  • In v.1.1.b4.v17 and v18, Starports are indestructible! Whose crazy idea was that? [Fixed in v1.10.027, release of v1.1 final]
  • Make the "planetary focus" visible and changeable on the colony governor screen. This has been requested by so many different people that I can't believe it hasn't been implemented yet. [Fixed in v1.20 final]
  • Anomalies should respawn on the map during a game, like they did in GC1, or make this a user option. Currently, the survey ship tech is useless and the Galactic Guide Book is useless, because by the time they're discovered, all the anomalies are gone. (Added in DAv1.8x)
  • Ability to disable anomalies
  • Ability to disable trade goods and galactic achievements, or at least be able to create them if another civilization already made one bypassing the patent laws by dropping out of the united planets
  • Ability to decommission trade good / galactic achievement, or at least to move them.
  • Some way (or at least a known way besides destroying them) to stop other races from stealing your technology.
  • In Masters of Orion 3, had votes of things that were terrible and harmful to all civlizations, and the AI being stupid *always* voted to harm all civilizations. In GalCiv2, the AI is better only doing this half of the time, but still...

Minor Bugs in Latest Version Edit

A list of Bugs and Suggestions based on Version 1.2

  • The AI sometimes builds multiple starports on planets. This is noticeable when the player culture-flips an AI planet. The bug appears to be somehow related to soil enhancement or habitat improvement. This was introduced in 1.1 beta3. (allegedly fixed in v18—need to confirm)
  • If you change a planet's military production to "nothing" from the ship production popup (colony governor screen or "build ship" on main map), the change to nothing does not take. You have to go to the colony screen to change a planet's production to "nothing". This worked properly in earlier versions and was broken recently.
    • Usually the "nothing" takes. (by 1.4x)
  • If you place a modified "PlanetaryImprovements.xml" file in the mods directory, those buildings are *IN ADDITION* to the default buildings, not replacing them.
  • Creating new trade goods via "PlanetaryImprovements.xml" modding does not work.
  • Creating a mod where a social project gives a negative bonus, the negative bonuses do not work. (For example, I wanted to create a building that gives +50% industry but -50% morale and economy.)
  • Under certain circumstances, the "turns to complete" displays in the colony screen do not update properly.
  • If you put new social projects in the social production queue that add industry (i.e., factories), then the "turns to complete" does not properly update to include the new industry points that building will add. I.e., you put 6 factories in the social queue. It will list 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, 90 turns to complete, but the later buildings will finish much faster because of the extra mp the early buildings provide.
  • If an AI player starts/finishes war against another AI player, the human player does not always receive a popup notification. If the player has the highest level of espionage, you should always get a notification when the AI starts/ends a war. You can always go to the relations screen and check yourself, so the popup is merely a convenience.
  • If a planet stops building ships due to "shipyard full", there should be a dialog warning the player. Currently, the game silently changes production to "nothing" when this occurs. Alternatively, ships should be auto-launched when "shipyard full" occurs.
  • If the player has not yet built a technological capital, and he captures a planet with a technological capital from the AI, the player loses the ability to build a technological capital himself. This is particularly bad because the AI does not choose the location of its capitals particularly effectively.
  • If your total population goes over 1000 B, the display gets messed up. (In v1.4 and above displayed as 1.0 T)
  • If you destroy a starport while the planet is building something, it finishes building the ship even though the starport was destroyed.
  • "No production turn after loading game" bug. If you restart galciv and load a savegame, you get zero production for the first turn after loading the save.
  • The "+ planet quality" racial ability bonus is buggy and absolutely useless. (Fixed by 1.31)
  • The performance on Huge and Gigantic maps slows down a lot in mid-game, even on relatively good PCs. Playing on Huge or Gigantic is not advised due to performance issues. Plus, memory leaks appear to matter more on Huge and Gigantic.

Requested Features Edit

User interface Edit

  • For the display that shows "turns to arrive" for a ship, it sometimes disappears when you save/load a game. There also should be a black border around this text so that when the target is a planet, the number is always readable.
  • Make the mini-map have the same focus as the main map, so that scrolling the main map also moves the minimap. [It does, it just takes a minute to load. -Savatk] (Edit from Camber:) ...and so that scrolling through ships (Tab) will also change the focus of the minimap.
  • The little circle that displays a potential starbase's area of effect is hard to see at times - add a clearly marked border. (Workaround: Put 2 or 3 constructors in this tile and select them all. The area is now far easier to see.) Also, for planets at the boundary of the circle, it is unclear whether they will be in the area of effect or not. Make it obvious what squares are inside the area of effect (make the boundary a bunch of squares, not an ambiguous circle). Further, when you select a constructor, the area of effect shown is slightly different than the displayed area of effect after you actually build the starbase. When you build a starbase, indicate a list of what planets will be in the area of effect. (A planet is inside the area of effect if the constructor displayed area even remotely touches it. The SB AOE is 1/2 square larger.)
    • Add an option to an automate constructors that would replicate the AIs constructor management.
    • Add automated ship designs also, so the player doesn't have to always re-design ships when they get a new tech. (This would be really helpful for new players, who don't yet realize that the default ship designs are useless and you have to design your own ships.)
  • The bonus of the Secret Police Center is not properly displayed in-game. Due the way morale is calculated, this really is more desirable than a virtual reality center, because it affects base morale, not the multiplier. A superficial glance makes one wonder "Why build a Secret Police Center - a Virtual Reality Center is better?"
  • The "end-turn" button is too close to the mini-map. People trying to click on the mini-map can accidentally click on the "end-turn" button instead.
  • A new command to put a damaged ship to "sleep". When the ship has been healed to full hp, it should automatically "wake up".

Colony Management Edit

Many people have requested an enhanced colony governor.

  • Make the "planetary focus" visible and changeable on the colony governor screen. This has been requested by so many different people that I can't believe it hasn't been implemented yet.
  • Expand the colony governor screen. Actually, more than one colony governor screen would be needed to implement all these features.
    • Display the icons that appear by a planet on the main screen, indicating if it has a starport, if it is revolting, if it has unused tiles.
    • Display influence on the colony governor screen.
    • Display "starport under construction" in the military production slot rather than "-", just like it says on the colony screen.
    • Display the rally point on the colony governor screen, and allow the player to change the rally point from this screen.
    • Display icons by a planet's name indicating if it has a capital.
    • Display # of unused tiles and tile usage by project on the colony governor screen. This would necessarily require a new colony governor screen.
  • Don't require the player to go to the shipbuilding screen to change a planet's military production or rally point. Let this information be displayed and changed from the main colony screen. (Hey, it's just one more line of text!)
  • When a planet receives a bonus or penalty due to a colonization morality event, display this bonus on the main planet screen. Don't require the player to go to the "details" screen to see the bonus. (Hey, it's just one more line of text!)
  • The colony governor screen should show:
    • Number of unused tiles OR in area for social project show 'No space left'.
    • Number of tiles of green/yellow/specials etc.
    • Most predominant planetary improvements. E.g. Industrial world, if mostly factories.
    • Food related- Tag showing population has stopped growing because of insufficient food production.
    • Population change in previous turn.
    • Some sign showing if the planet is defended by a ship also ability to launch it with a click.
    • Influence, and the ratio in parenthesis (ratio between your influence and highest alien influence)
    • Display rally point per colony and ability to change
    • Arrangement by date acquired.
    • Shipbase and social project should show not only time to completion but also amount of production points spent and left.
  • Allow players to place older, cheaper versions of planetary improvements in the build screen, rather than being forced to build the newer, inordinately expensive version on new or conquered planets.

Rally Points Edit

  • Expand the rally point popup 'T' to display more than 5 rows of text. Also, display on this screen "# of ships and colonies" going to that rally point.
  • Starbases that need a constructor should automatically appear as rally point options for a constructor or planets that are building constructors.
  • There should be a "go to nearest starbase that needs a constructor" rally point option for constructors.
  • Constructors currently just stack on starbase tiles. Constructors sent to starbases should automatically prompt to upgrade the starbase (or maybe make this an option the starbase could toggle). (Hasn't this been a function since v 1.0?)

Ship Designer Edit

  • Allow me to edit an existing ship design - such as adding or changing a single weapon - without having to start from scratch. Currently, if you 'upgrade' a design, everything disappears except the hull.
    • This has since been addressed by an option (in v1.1)
    • But you still can't upgrade default ship designs (such as the Defender, Star Fury, etc.).
      • In 1.31 you can upgrade default designs [You cannot replace them, however.]
        • Doesn't work for me? (on v1.5) "Upgrade" removes all functional components.
          • Works for me with v1.5DA, there's an option to retain functional components when upgrading.
  • Show all my ship designs, and color code them based on current tech availability (so ships unavailable to build would have red text). I keep creating a ship only to discover that I already had the same thing from an earlier game.
  • (Hey Stardock folks...are you reading this Wiki? I'd post on GalCiv2.com but that white text on the black background gives me a headache)
    • fsk+ says "I don't think they are." I spent a bit of time making this page, and I'm kind of annoyed that it appears nobody has bothered to read it.
  • Allow me to see designs that I've made obsolete, and to "unobsolete" them. Currently obsolescence is irreversible in a single game.
  • When a ship is upgraded, change the ship name to match its new design, rather than retaining the old name. I don't care to know that my little fighter was once a Scout.
    • In v1.31, this occurs unless you renamed the ship.
  • On the tech chooser screen, do not clutter the tech description with listings of all the ship designs that the tech could unlock, if only I had these five additional techs. It is annoying to have to scroll to the bottom of a tech description to get past the ship design clutter, to find out which Improvement the tech unlocks.

Game Configuration Edit

  • Separate the control of enemy starvation/bonus and enemy intelligence, I think it would be really nice to work against a starving but really ambitous AI as opposed to the drooling generals you get today at the lower levels.
    • Specifically, you should be able to enable all the AI algorithms, but have the AI play with the economic handicap it gets at values less than "Intelligent".
    • Also, you should be able to discretely set the AI economic handicap/boost to any arbitrary value. For example, giving the AI 105% of normal economy, somewhere between "Intelligent" and the next higher difficulty.
  • Better ability for user-defined hotkeys.
  • Anomalies should respawn on the map during a game, like they did in GC1, or make this a user option. Currently, the survey ship tech is useless and the Galactic Guide Book is useless, because by the time they're discovered, all the anomalies are gone.
  • There should be an option to set the frequency of morality events.
  • When you edit a race's abilities, you need to delete the configuration file to restore the defaults. You should be able to restore the defaults in-game. This is important in cases where the AI is controlling a former-custom-race. Also, some of the default setups are strictly better than that which could be selected by spending ability points (probably a bug).
  • The player should be allowed to specify the frequency of galactic resources, with an option to remove them entirely.
  • When you tech-steal from the AI, you shouldn't be able to steal techs for which you don't have the prerequisites (or make this a user option). For example, if the player has Laser I, you should not be able to steal Laser III; you should have to steal Laser II first.
    • It would be more accurate if you should be able to steal anything, but use only techs that you are fairly close to. For example, you could use Laser III if you have I, or even Plasma, but not anything after. The more advanced stolen plans would remain in your archives until you come in range (and your scientist understand what your spies have stolen). In other words, cavemen can't build atom bombs outright, but they'd figure out a ballista.
  • The "+ PQ" racial ability as currently implemented is buggy. It only provides more usable tiles on your homeworld. On other worlds, it increases the displayed PQ number, but does not increase the number of usable tiles.
    • Fixed BY 1.4
  • Allow the player to turn off tech stealing after conquering a planet.

Mod Support Edit

  • If you place a modified "PlanetaryImprovements.xml" file in the mods directory, those buildings are *IN ADDITION* to the default buildings, not replacing them.
  • Creating new trade goods via "PlanetaryImprovements.xml" modding does not work.
  • Creating a mod where a social project gives a negative bonus, the negative bonuses do not work. (For example, I wanted to create a building that gives +50% industry but -50% morale and economy.)
  • Multiple "mod" folders so that several different mod configuraitons could be enabled/disabled on the user's PC.
  • When creating custom ship components, allow the user to directly specific the component size for each hull type rather than via the cheesy/broken "sizemod" tag.
    • The sizemod tasg is not broken, but otherwise this is a good idea
  • The process for approving/rejecting mods need improvement. If a mod is rejected, the user is not given a reason.
    • A user does not have the ability to remove a mod they posted. They can fake this behavior by continually editing.

AI Flaws Edit

  • The AI builds a starport on every planet, even low-PQ planets where it's obviously foolish.
  • If you write a mod adjusting game stats, the AI does not appropriately adjust its strategy.
  • The AI does not create specialized economy/industry/research planets like a good human player does.

Trading Edit

  • A display in the trade window that shows how much techs cost in beakers, so that we can better gauge trade values.
  • Minor races refuse to trade any resources they own or ships.
  • When you make a peace treaty with the AI, the treaty should stay in force for a minimum number of turns.

Game Balance Edit

  • Currently, "Industrial Sector" costs way too much. It costs 800, compared with 300 for Manufacturing Center, but it only provides 4 more mp for the extra cost. This is so bad that people try to avoid researching the tech that unlocks "industrial sector", because the game won't allow you to build lesser buildings once unlocking the better ones.
    • This has been improved in 1.1 Beta 4B. Manufacturing Center costs 200 and Industrial Sector is 400.
      • fsk+ says: "This is still way too much. Twich the production cost for only 4 more mp? Please, get serious."
    • In case you're wondering, fsk+ is working on a "improved planetary improvements" mod that addresses such concerns.
  • The "zippy huge ships" problem. It is easier to build fast huge ships, and hard to build fast small ships, making tiny/small ships practically useless. The problem is that "engine size" increases disproportionally too slowly with hull size.
    • fsk+ is considering working on a mod to address this problem as well
    • This is a debatable issue as the last consensus on the forums was that it made sense that a bigger ship would have more powerful (and just plain more) engines.
  • New tiles that are uncovered via soil enhancement, habitat improvement, or terraforming never will have a "tile bonus" on them. They should have some.
    • Think about it. Are you likely to find a Precursor Mine somewhere where it is hard to build one?
      • On the other hand, dried swamps tend to be fertile, while some recently defrosted mountain peak could improve morale.
  • You don't get morality events after researching "Xeno Ethics". This means that, if you're evil, you should delay researching Xeno Ethics for as long as possible for the benefits. Similarly, if you're good, research Xeno Ethics as soon as possible to stop facing penalties. What should happen is that you still get morality events but get the outcome appropriate for your alignment.
  • When you invade an AI planet or culturally flip an AI planet, there should be a morale penalty for several turns until you have the planet fully under your control.
    • I disagree on invasion, agree on cultural annexation. See with invasion, you are literally moving millions of your loyal soldiers to a new planet and killing all natives, so it wouldn't make that much sense if they were treated as a conquered people.
  • The "lucky" and "creative" racial abilities are not properly documented. It is unclear what they do, so people are unsure if they are worth spending an ability point or not.
    • I second that. What the heck do they do?
      • Creative occasionally grants extra RP's, and lucky gives you a better chances of getting good events (like PreCursor Rangers)
  • You should be able to perform espionage on minor races, especially since in certain places the game tells you that you should, such as clicking on a minor race's home planet. (Allegedly will be fixed in expansion.)
  • In v1.2, the game will revert to GC1-style combat, which means that defending ships get a chance to fire back even if they were destroyed on the first round. Some people prefer the GC2-style, where the attacker gets an advantage, rewarding aggressiveness. It should be a user option whether the GC1-style or GC2-style combat is enabled.
  • Please note that the maximum miniaturization you can get is 125%. (Has someone confirmed this?)
  • When a battle ends with both fleets/ships being destroyed, instead only the fleet/ship with less maximum HP ist destroyed. (a major annoyance in the Dread Lords campaign when fighting against a single Dread Lords ship with 1 of 200 HP being practically undestructable because of this bug)

Things that likely won't change Edit

A frequently requested feature is "Decouple the military and research spending sliders." That is, let the player fund 100% of the factories AND 100% of their research labs. Currently, a player can only use a fraction of each.

Brad Wardell stated on the GalCiv 2 website that this change "would horribly break game balance". However, some people think this is untrue. This change would theoretically make the game more accessible to beginners. Making this change would potentially be equivalent to increasing the production output of everything by 50%-66%. It would require, at most, a minor tweaking of AI strategies and editing PlanetaryImprovements.xml.

(m2c: I think this is mainly a balance issue concerning AI. as it acts horribly stupid in any other way it can at least shine in that area of gameplay. if it would be easily accessible the ai would loose that advantage)

  • fsk+ says: I submitted a mod that edited game data. One version was rejected. I received no explanation. I agree that chanaging game data messes up the AI. However, I consider this to be an AI bug, not a reason to reject the mod. I was making a modified planetaryimprovements.xml. I think that the default values that shipped with the game need much improvement.

Summary post from GalCiv Forum Edit

"TheFeshy" made a nice summary post on the GalCiv Forum. I'm reproducing it here. (I hope he doesn't mind? Is this a copyright violation?)

Anyway, I'm going to edit this down and integrate it with the above stuff, but I don't feel like doing this right now.


Oh dear. I've actually read this whole thread, though it has taken a great deal of time and many browsing sessions. There are some simply amazing ideas, and many of you have the same thoughts I do on a lot of little tweaks that would make this game truly one of the classics.

I feel compelled to start off by saying that I really do like this game, and I'm sorry if this seems like one gigantic laundry list of things to fix. It *is* a gigantic laundry list of things, but nearly all of them are just little fixes for small things that occasionally make me nuts. Great job so far—and thanks once again for asking for user input to keep improving this game. I hope you view the massive volume of feedback this thread has generated as what it is: a sign that requests for input are what the gaming community in general, and players of this genera in particular, are *exactly* what we want. I, for one, am very appreciative (I show my appreciation by making lists, okay?)

Now, since there are so many suggestions here (most of them copied straight out of previous posts—I just want to add my "vote" to these options. Not that I'm under the illusion this is a democracy, mind you.) I've developed a ranking system, using the number of *'s to represent how important the change is to me. It breaks down like this:

(****) -- "Please please please please": Send me an address, and I'll keep enough caffeine supplied to the coders that they won't NEED sleep until this feature is implemented and hand-delivered to my door.

(***) -- Very important: This is the type of missing feature or bug that has me reading these forums and creating huge lists when I could be playing. Thus, it's probably in *both* our best interests to get to this quickly.

(**) -- Important: Definitely a helpful fix, but not one that criples game play. Most likely there's another way to get what I want; I'd just like this feature implemented to make it less of a hassle.

(*) -- When you get a chance: Implement this feature when it is convinient—convinient being defined as "Sometime immediately after you impliment the fixes I've listed with higher priority, and somewhat before you impliment the changes requested by everyone else."

Of course, this breakdown of priority is purely for humorous purposes. I don't really expect you not to sleep until the *whole* list is finished. (half will do. Okay, okay, just kidding again.)

One final note before I begin: I've made only minimal effort to keep up with the beta 1.1 releases, so if some of these are already implemented there (I'm still playing 1.X) then GREAT JOB!


5 (*) Make it clear what Influence starbases are doing. I do not see their effect on any planet where there is an influence starbase close by and this is REALLY hurting my ability to know if they are even working. That's a big one, far more so than any "tweak."

  • Influence starbases add a number of Influence points based on the amount of modules you have installed. -Savatk

7 (***) Somehow make more transparent what's going on with customization of the default races - right now, I'm quite confused about which abilities suddenly vanish when I change something and which don't. Also reveal any "hidden" bonuses (e.g. the diplomatic penalty of the Yor), and if at all possible, make these configurable for the customizable race.

8 (**) Having an "old quicksave" just like the one for autosaves would be nice.

10 FIXED IN 1.1 BETA: Finally, a BIG second on being able to see starbase influence zones around constructors BEFORE you hit 'construct'. Having to quicksave/load is a hassle.

11 (***) Make saving ship designs "optional" -- a checkbox on the screen saying "make ship available in future games" would be great.

  • This is supposedly available in 1.4, but I have yet to find it. -Savatk

12 (*) Put in diagonal edge mouse scrolling

13 (****) An option to disable automatically selecting the next ship without orders.

14 (**) I have no idea which waypoint corresponds to which ship. Find a way to highlight the waypoint of the selected ship.

  • 1.1 Beta shows paths, which should help them problem—Hykin
    • Not exactly true: it only shows the path of the currently selected ship. Do you really want to have to cycle through all your ships to figure out which is going where?

15 (***) Maybe easy, maybe not: I really dislike the side-scrolling choice boxes (i.e.: how to sort the techs you have available to research). It can be cumbersome to click 3-4+ times through all the options, just to get to the sort you want, then click back through to get to a different sort. A "drop-down" box where you see all choices, then click on one is much nicer. I was happy to see that this type of box was added to the Trade screen.

16 (***) Civ. Manager: I think it would be nice if you could see and modify a planet's focus from this screen (Military production vs. social vs. research).

  • Possible, by clicking on a production it will highlight and focus production. -Savatk

17 (*) Civ. Manager: how about a graph or display of some kind that shows food production vs population? Maybe tack on there the theoretical plantet max population for kicks.

18 (*) Add an 'Auto Explore and Survey' button for scout ships, that will allow them to automatically explore the galaxy as usual, but will stop exploration to survey an anomaly when it finds one.

19 (***) Add an option to *NOT* show the tech tree and homeworld build queue every time I load the game. Actually, make it apply to starting the game too.

20 (***) How about a ctrl+A hotkey that forces all ships on autopilot to complete their moves before the end of the turn? Then you can cycle through those with remaining movement.

21 (*) The ability to zoom out on the tech tree via scroll wheel would be nice.

22 (****) An undo button on ship design

  • There is a remove button, and a clear button (in 1.31). Not sure what you are looking for. -Savatk

23 (**) Ability to prioritize planet tile upgrades. If I have researched stock markets, and then industrial sectors, the upgrades will finish faster if I upgrade to industrial sectors and THEN stock markets. But right now, either I have to re-arrange every planet's build queue, or research them in the order I want built.

24 (**) Here is an easy one that I think people would love: IF your espionage level is high enough then during the Galactic council meeting that races vote is displayed BEFORE you vote.

25 (*) There should be a chance that if the human player's espionage is high enough they get a heads up that that race is preparing for war against them, or another race.

26 (*) A slider in the galaxy settings to adjust the number of planetary special tiles

27 (***) Starbase summary screen along the lines of the colony summary screen showing name, location, main function and whether they can be upgraded in new weapons or a new module for their primary function (2 separate items, I'd want to know if the upgrade is for just weapons/defence OR a module relating to inf/econ/ship assist depending on the base)

  • Please observer that you can list all starbases via the ship list (first button). Select starbases from the list. This list does not distinguish between your SB and enemy SB, but it does show some useful information and is helpful when locating SB to upgrade—Hykin

28 (*) When upgrading a starbase, have weapons/defence and modules on separate tabs or have some kind of filter.

29 (*)I don't think you get the tech details screen when you trade for a tech, you should.

30 (*) The colony manager screen should show you if a planet has open tiles.

31 (***) Please fix the ship hardpoints.

32 (*) I think that rather than 4 sliders - one for "overall output", and three for Military/Social/Research balance, a simpler system of 3 sliders would be better in every way. 0% to 100% output for each area, and forget the "overall output" slider.

33 (**) Context-sensitive 'view battle' option. Right now I keep having to turn 'view fleet battles only if both sides are fleets' on and off, because for taking on precursor ships or fortified starbases I want to watch and see how my ships are actually stacking up. But when I'm taking out freighters, transports, that sort of thing it's a total waste of time. What I'd like to see is a 'View Battles if Close' option, that would have you watch fights where both sides(or just yours) are liable to lose ships.

  • There is a 'done' button in the corner that should fix your problem. (sorry, I just had to say that.) -Savatk

34 (**) Less predictable "who fires first" option in the game menue. As is, attacker fires first 100% of the time. What I think would spice things up is to change that to 66% of the time, plus or minus 8% for every point of speed advantage that either the attacker or defender has. This would make getting the jump on lumbering lucky rangers easy, but for that lucky ranger to sneak up on a squad of fighters almost impossible.

35 (****) The ability to set a new home planet for a freighter. Basically, I'd like to be able to build Freighters at my man capital instead of my eco capital, as it usually takes ages to build ships in the eco capital

36 (***) The ability to reopen the GNN News after you close it.

37 (*) On the foreign policy screen it would be GREAT if I could just click a button to automatically get the max amount of money the AI player will give me for what I'm offering. That way I could sell them a tech and not have to fiddle around with the money bar to get the max BCs out of them.

38 (***) Please explain all underlying game mechanics. Manual is unclear or wrong about almost all of them. In particular the combat, influence, stat bonus, and tech progression elements of the game are at least wildly inaccurate.

39 (*) In the foreign deplomacy window under "treaties" have the ability to click on the empire icons and select them as the current empire. Just an ease-of-use thing.

40 (*) Some mini-map zoom modes do not show the complete 'ownership' when playing at 1024x resolution.

41 (***) Map scrolling speed when the map is scrolled out is too slow.

42 (****) Some way to show what planetary specials are affecting a planet! If I have a +60% to starship production on a planet, that's something I need to know, and it's something I'm going to forget the next time I load a game. . .

43 (***) I wish that when I selected a ship out of the ship viewer, it didn't then snap back to the top of the menu. I am looking for constructors, there they are, I click one and launch it from orbit, and now I have to scroll down again for each one. In bigger games, and I probably use too many starbases, its a real pain. This is just as anoying in the planets list.

44 (*) I'd like to see a numeric value for the scaling slider in the Ship Designer. Similar to some on the sliders in Options. It's tough to create like designs and match the scale by count the ticks.

45 (***) I would like to see anomalies respawn so that i can continue to find them and have use for research ships. all to often they run out way to early. and id like to be able to continue to discover them even if they only occasionally reappear. A slider on the galaxy settings screen to control this rate would be great.

46 (**) A slider to adjust the abundance of resources (the type mined by starbases) on the galaxy setup screen would also be good.

47 (***) When a ship build event occurs on the GNN it would be great if it also said (Starport now Full) if that was indeed the case

48 (*) Change autopilot navigation so that ships prefer to move diagonally (across the coner of a square) first. As it is now, they waste moves going around obstacles.

49 (**) Please: a view on the mini map or any map when on the planet screen. There is no way I can remember where each planet is when moving through them from GNN or whatver.

50 (***) The ability to 'de-emphasize' an area of spending on a planet (with the remaining 2 areas getting more spending) in addition to the current ability to 'concentrate' an area at the cost of the other 2. Being able to do either from the colony mgr screen would be helpful. - Not sure if this impact AI or not, but would sure be helpful....

51 (***) more of a bug fix, but when you have the ship list up (on the left side of the screen), it disables all left-edge scrolling. The engine should still react if you hit the mouse against the left edge of the screen regardless of what windows you have open.

52 (**) Rings and moon indications—what they do for production on the planet (if they do anything; I only have the outdated manual as a guess) should be listed somewhere on the planet

53 (***) Upgrade ships with planetary production rather than buying the upgrade—a la MOO2.

54 (***) How come the "Overall" score has no relation to any other score in the game. I find that there are many times where I have already eliminated a major race from the game, beating them soundly in every category, but their "Overall" score beats mine by 3x or more!?!

55 (****) The End Turn button needs to go somewhere else. I've clicked on it about 5-8 times trying to navigate the map.

56 (***) I would like a GNN entry when a planet that was building a wonder or trade good can no longer build that project due to a rival completing it.

57 (*) Tell us how much bc each Social improvement costs, like you do with military.

58 (**) Fix the forums, its a nightmare to do anything in here. (Specifically: The back button on my browser requires double-clicking... most times. "Bonus rating" floats about the page at random. etc.")

59 (***) When moving projects around on a long social build queue (longer than can be displayed at once) the list re-focuses on the top-most item. This is extremely frustrating if the project was on the BOTTOM of that list and is now completely out of view. Please change the control to re-focus on the selected project instead.

60 (*) Allow us to play with 10 races in the game as there are 10 races in the game! 10 races + our 1 custom race!

61 (***) I like the possibility to add a custom portrait for your race. But in game you only see your logo everywhere - i would like to see the portrait for example in Civilization Manager - Stats & Graphs! There is the Name of the Leader with the Logo on the left. If you could display the portrait there instead of the logo - i would be happy

62 (***) Please remove the little “lighting flare” to the upper area of the mini-map. I assume it’s there to give “depth” to the interface, but it’s obscuring my ability to see information under it – ship range in particular.

63 FIXED IN 1.1 BETA (using color-coded resources): (**) PROBLEM: Ambiguous starbase icons in 3D tactical view, unable to tell what resource type it is. (have to zoom in a lot to see, which is troublesome). Add the resource type to the starbase name.

64 (***) When you double click on a social project and it automatically goes to the next tile, it should *NEVER* go to a "soil enhancement" tile unless that's the only thing left for the planet to build.

65 (*) If a minor race claims a resource, it won't show up as an option for me to trade for it on the trade screen. Minor races shouldn't claim resources (or they should be willing to trade them if they get them). Apparently, minor races don't offer to trade ships. -- Note: In my last game, nearly 50% of the resources were claimed by minor races! With no other options available to them (e.g. colonizing) resource acquisition was their only priority.

66 (**) Please increase the maximum allowable sensor range from 15pc to 30pc. Or heck, even documenting that there is a maximum sensor range, and indicating it in the build screen, would be handy.

67 (**) Sort the GNN list in some way. Mostly, I just want big, important things up top (such as building a technological capitol) rather than sifting through the dozens of small factories and what not opening on dozens of worlds)

68 (***) Apply excess social to the next item in the build queue.

69 (***) Apply excess military production to next ship desired.

70 (*) In the Ship Builder, it'd be great to have mock Engines, mock Weapons, and mock Modules available in the 'Extras' tab. They'd use the same models as their real couterparts, but be just for show.

71 (**) Starbase affects should not overlap in an additive way. That is, two economy starbases should not *both* add affects to a planet that is under the influence area of both; only the highest value should apply.

72 (***) An option in the galaxy generation screen to not start with the two free ships.

73 (*) Allow longer names for ships and starbases, like 50 characters; I like 'em as big as they are complex. I really hate not being able to give my starbases ridiculously unwieldy names.

74 (***) When you build a new ship the launch should default to launch this ship. Not the one you have left there to protect your planet

- Right click on the blue icon announcing the ship is finished will launch the ship, and center the screen there.

75 (****) A "sentry until wakend by me" option for ships.

76 (***) The game says "with advanced espionage, no futher spending is needed". Then why do you allow the player to spend more on espionage after receiving "advanced" level? Turn off that spending in that case. (I thought you needed to keep some espionage spending if you wanted to be able to steal tech?)

77 (***) Option to have a ship pause during a move if an enemy comes into view.


Well... that was a bit much. And most were repreats of previous posters, of course. And some, no doubt, are implemented in the beta and I just haven't read about them yet.

Major Bugs in Earlier Versions Edit

Major bugs from earlier versions are listed here because they're a common FAQ on the message boards, posted by people who haven't patched their game.

  • In 1.0D, stock markets did not provide a greater economic boost than lesser buildings, and virtual reality centers did not provide a greater morale boost than lesser buildings.
  • In v1.0X and earlier, unused social spending was wasted, rather than being returned to your treasury as documented in the manual. Starting in V1.1, unusued social spending will first be rerouted to military (but no production bonuses will be applied) and then, if no military spending is set, rerouted to your treasury.
  • In 1.0D (?) and earlier, your graphics card could overheat. A GPU throttling option was added to prevent this. Actually, this is more of a bug on the part of graphics card and driver manufacturers than a GalCiv bug, but they added the workaround.
  • The "influence explosion bug" (1.0X (?) and earlier). If you captured a planet using information warfare or mini soldiers, it was possible to have more casualties than the number of troops that were on your transport. This caused the variable that stored the population to overflow, causing EXTREMELY huge populations, swamping the map with influence.

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