Can you define "tech eras" and "chapters"? I'm pretty sure I haven't left the first of whatever they are, but is there a defining moment in gameplay where it ends? Or a way to look at how much is left?
Original Poster could also mean over powered but the context you used it in is original poster
Nice I got a new abbreviation I had forgot about to add to my list... Good catch on that
If you look at the bottom of your tech tree, you will see a bunch of icons starting with I through V and then switching to pretty pictures. If you look at the tech tree, you will see that these icons refer to specific "chapters" and are separated by a research (for Advanced Scouts, which lowers the cost of fighting or negotiating future provinces). A big hint -- try to scout the minimum number of provinces in a chapter before you unlock the Advanced Scouts research, because if you've already scouted a province, that cost will remain the same. Or at least that's one strategy.
Anyway, the first five chapters don't have names, they are simply referred to as chapters 1 through 5 (I through V). After that your city will start hosting guest races, and each chapter will have the name of that guest race, starting with Dwarves.
In later chapters you will have specific goods and buildings that are related to that chapter and which will be pretty much useless (and demolished) after that chapter is complete.
Edit: Fix to chapter references
Click on the little book at the bottom of your play screen. That is your tech tree where you research things by dumping KP (Knowledge Points) into them until they're full. Tech era and Chapter are the same thing. At the very bottom there are some Roman numerals and some funny looking symbols (guest races). You can track where you are there as well as see what will be coming up.
The +1 basically just means that you look at your Standard Goods Boost and move to the right for your Sentient Good (in my case, in T1 I'm Marble Boosted, move to the right to Steel ("+1"), so my Sentient Good will be Platinum, made in fully upgraded Steel Manufactories. If your Standard Goods Boost is the last one in the group (Planks, Silk, or Gems), the +1 moves it to the front of the line (for exampe, see my Gems to Elixir line in the pic). Hope that helps..Is there any post about sentient goods and the manufactory reverences? I never quite understand the "plus-one" reference? [i.e. T1+1]
This was so helpful, Thanks for posting so much information for newbies like me. The trades don't seem scary anymore but I'm still afraid to join a FS because I have nothing to offer yet except a visit each day. I am still looking for information on FS's and what all they do and require from newbies. I'd be heartbroken if I got booted for not complying with basic tasks that might be unknown to me. Any details listed in the forum about the FS's? Thanks for any info.