I was wondering about a few things; I've not played much galciv recently and I'm not sure if the following is intended, or a bug (note - single player):
1. Treaties. When I am on the diplomacy screen, the only treaty I can get into that the other side also offers as an option is the exploration treaty or open borders treaty. All others never show up on the other player side. Meaning, if I want to offer a research treaty for example, I can give them one as a gift, but the option never shows up as them being able to reciprocate. At first I assumed it was because I didn't have good enough relations to have them even offer the possibility, but it happens even when their relation to me is described as "close". Then I assumed it was because they didn't have the tech to offer the treaty back, so I gave it to them. Nothing doing. Basically if you're someone who likes to form alliances and try to win this way it's very frustrating. Is an open borders treaty a requirement for anything beyond it? I'm not fond of those. On another note, on the diplomacy screen, "let's talk about.." option is always greyed out - is it not implemented yet? Also, for diplomatic negatives, "you are trading with an infidel" (actually infadel because it's misspelled heh) I can understand for the Krynn, but most factions say this. Is that intended, and if so, how can you know what each faction considers to be "infidels"?
2. Ideology. I just had a game where I was basically able to select every option under the ideology tree under all three categories. Now this I'm pretty sure is an obvious bug, but the question I have is that if you select an ideology, say pragmatic as your initial choice, is it intended or not that you be locked out of the other two? I'm not sure how this is supposed to work.
Really interested in what it takes just to get anything past a exploration treaty or open borders treaty.