Originally posted by Cybes:
1) is it just me, or does it seem to anyone else entirely unreasonable that a huge gas giant, with a breathable atmosphere, should have a *maximum* population of 500m, and 5 facilities, while the medium rock planet in vaccuum next door can support 8000m/25?
2) why is it not possible to see at least approximately how large a given colony will *before* settling it? i know i'd rather invest my colony ship in an 8000m/25 planet than a 500m/5 one, given a choice.
1: If the gas giant can only support 500m that it is a domed colony and your race can't breath its atmosphere. No medium planet (that I know of) can support 8000m. Also, any colony built on a vacuum world must be domed, further limiting the population. If you want all of your planets to have populations in the billions, only colonize planets with little green stars next to them, which represents a breathable atmosphere.
2. Stats in parenthases (sp?) are for breathable atmospheres.
Tiny: 100m, 1 facility (500m, 5 facilities?)
Small: 200m, 2 facilities (1000m, 10 facilities)
Medium: 300m, 3 facilities (2000m, 15 facilities)
Large: 400m, 4 facilites (4000m, 20 facilities)
Huge: 500m, 5 facilites (8000m, 25 facilites)
Cargo space for all colonies is equal to twice the maximum population. This information is from the PlanetSize.txt file.