I am not trying to be difficult but I don't get what you are saying. Except for the tech for the warp gate (purity or supremacy gate) and the tech to get the laser com sat, you can pick any affinity techs you want as long as you get to level 13. So, I am not sure how the player is restricted to only the affinity techs necessary for the victory condition. There are lots of different combos of affinity techs that the player can get that will get level 13. Plus, the player might get a progenitor ruin(s) or an affinity quest that will help them towards level 13, so they will need less affinity techs. Do you mean that if you are beelining for victory that you only need enough affinity techs to get to 13 and after that, there is no incentive for getting more affinity techs?