In the last MTDG tech trading was on. This guaranteed a situation where teams would enter into to tech trading alliances. The incentives to cooperate fully and freely with tech trading partners and the disincentives for not cooperating were hardwired into the game due to the tech trading mechanic. This game is different. Without the tech trading mechanic on things are much more fluid. Tech sharing is no longer the overarching driver for diplomacy. So cooperation and alliances will be much more situational and can change quickly. The point I was trying to make was that using the last game as a template for the diplo in this game can be dangerous since the basic parameters for this one are different. Now i'm in agreement that we should continue to cultivate our friendship with RB and try to establish good relations with every team we meet. But we need to keep an open mind and be prepared in case things don't work out with RB. We very well may decide down the road they are too powerful and need to be stopped. Or they might stay lukewarm with us despite our best efforts. So we should be careful about giving RB more than we need to. Telling them our diplo plans with WPC in the post where we announce we have met them is just way too much.