The word "Biology" is a bad idea, I think. It could apply to too many other game concepts, aside from farming, health, and population.
The word Research seems redundant, since it applies to any category: maybe "Secrets" or "Learning?"
Your suggestions are more and equally applicable to any category, respectively...
Presumably there would be some research-related bonuses / buildings / whatnot in the research category, thus making the name sensible...
Materials is better than "Resources" since we often refer to all of the items produced by planets as resources.
Reasonable point. I'm inclined to think the general term is ill-chosen, but it's functional and established, and "Materials" is fine.
The Trade category is going to be incredibly light compared to the others. There's just one economic meter. How many times can we say: "this meter +1"?
There can be more in this categeory that just improving meters directly. To keep things interesting, the trade side of "Trade & Economics" would involve actually trading things between your planets (like civ-esque resources) or with other races in order to get the benfits. Also, it would augment your ability to get more benefit out of those trades than the empire or planet you're trading with... And could also extend to your ability to force your way into foreign markets against the will of their rulers, and to use established trade routes to establish social, cultural and other non-military control over others' planets.
I'm more worried about "this meter +1" syndrome for the farming / health type category...
I continue to advocate squeezing infrastructure (Construction meter) into the category.
IMO it should be "squeezed" into Sociology.
I hope for shorter category names.
Hmm... Perhaps we can set things up so the two parts of the name are sort of a "Major & Minor" pairing, so that if you need a shortened name, you can just use the Major Part, but when there's extra space, the whole thing can be shown.
Alternatively, you can use abbrev.
Geoff: I dont see why you feel the word StateCraft is limited in that way, as far as I know it has a broad conotation (can anyone else back me up on this?). Were you alraedy familiar with the word and gave it a differnt conotation or are you just now learning of it and give it this conotation from "feel"?
I've heard the word before, but it's not common enough, IMO, to assume that people will interpret its scope as broadly as you'd like. It's not a huge stretch for it to cover both domestic and international politics, but it doesn't really seem to cover the full meaning and scope of sociology. Saying "Sociology & Diplomacy" is just clearer to me.
As for Development/Industry
* Material Production "Production"
Mining, Industry, Shipyards
lead me to belive Industry is about fueling industry and pumping out stuff (space ships) Russian Style. Development on the other hand is about getting the ABILITY to pump that stuff out. This needs a bit more elaboration in any case.
I don't see the distinction between the ability and actually doing it, from a tech side of things. The only possibility put forwards that I recall is for increases to the construction meter, which isn't necessary or sufficient for a category in of itself, and isn't related to economics in any important way.
Is it really necessary to have "Construction" or "Development" or somesuch? There are the various other categories to chose from, in order to focus your construction and development in specific areas. Having a category, or a significant number of techs in a conjoined category, seems redundant to me.
Also feel we should avoid using "Reserch" in one of the catagories as ALL of this stuff is colectivly called Research. Perhaps "Science & Information" A possible one name aproatch
Well, the idea was that some of the stuff in "Research" would improve your ability to research... so... there is some sense in calling it "Research".
That said, it is somewhat ambiguous... But "Science" isn't any better on that front, and not all research is "Science" either...
Maybe just "Information"? It's not terribly helpful to described what the category would contain, but we'll have to compromise, I guess...
If we want to go with the one-word category titles,
Edit: I started writing this before Tyreth posted... and in our (my) defence, Aq did ask for more comments after the 7-page closing threat.