Technology plays a key role in your ability to win Master of Orion.
Even if you have developed a powerful industry and a large fleet,
a more advanced race can destroy you as surely as the Spanish Conquistadors
did the Aztecs.
There are six areas of science in Master of Orion:
computers, construction, force fields, planetology, propulsion,
Computer technology is used to develop battle
computers, ECM jammers, deep space scanners, improved robotic controls,
and the technology nullifier. Furthermore, your computer tech level
improves your chances for success in espionage missions and sabotage
Construction technology not only reduces the
base cost of building starships, missile bases, and factories, but
it is also used to develop technology that will create improved
materials for armor, reductions in the amount of waste produced
by each factory, and automated repair units. Do not underestimate
the value of construction technology. Without it, you will not be
able to produce ships quickly and efficiently.
Force Field technology is used to develop deflector
shields, planetary defense shields, repulsor beams, stasis fields,
lightning shields, and the cloaking device. One of the most effective
ways of achieving military superiority is to develop force fields
that are stronger than your rival’s weapon technology.
Planetology focuses on technology related to the
environmental improvements. Planetology develops advanced ecological
restoration, terraforming to expand the size of a planet, controlled
environmental units to land on hostile planets, biological weapons,
advanced cloning techniques, and soil enrichment to increase population
growth rates. Improved Planetology also makes your populations happier
and more productive.
Propulsion technology develops faster starship
engines, increased ship ranges, inertial stabilizers, warp dissipators,
subspace teleporters, pulsars, and high energy focus units. Propulsion
technology is probably the most important at the beginning of the
game because without increased range you may not be able to reach
any other planets to colonize.
Weapons technology is used to develop advanced
weaponry for your
ships, missile bases, and ground troops.