I was gifted a copy of the starter pack yesterday. So far, so good, but I need to figure out priorities with all the various ~things~ that can be harvested and I assume (like Civ) there's a particular order you're supposed to research things in.
Research is weighted, so there is no set research path. But ofc some research is more useful early on than others, and some research lead to unlocking the potential for more powerful research, f.ex. you need the next tier of power before you get the utility tech and weapon tech that corresponds to that tier.