Wraith

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 Oct 23, 2008 - 6:38 pm

Title: Newb Questions

(qualifier, this is a saved message from 2-3 weeks ago)

A new player asked a couple of smart questions (IMHO) and I thought I'd share the answers to help other new players.  These are not the only answers, just mine.

> Would it be a better strategy to build fewer but stronger planets? As I said, I don't know what goes into score.

The million dollar question is the strategy.  The score is simple, it is based on your net value.  The more $$ you have/invested the higher your score.  But there are two schools of thought on the # of planets.  Personally I don't like having all my eggs in one basket.  For example if 5 of my planets were taken today I'd lose only 20% of my holdings but if Big lost 5 planets it would set him back 70%.  (not counting his ship).  Another animal is Anarchy he tends to invest heavily in his war ship and captures/loses a lot of planets.  

Of course building up the # of planets takes time and as you're finding out there are a limited number of turns to support your planets.  In the beginning, I tend to "trade" between ports to collect $$ to invest in planets.  Something like 70% of my turns are used in trading until I get enough $$ to purchase a new ship.  The Pioneer is limited to a level 150 hull and that is too small for efficient colonization.  BUT You need a planet with a base to "visit the shipyard" and purchase your new ship.  It looks like you already have several bases so that isn't going to be a problem for you.  Once I have about $300M  credits and a level 150 Pioneer, I trade in my Pioneer for a Columbus.  I keep building up the hull and engines on the Columbus and pretty much leave the other levels at 100.  This allows me to continue trading in Federal space (level average < 160).  While the profits aren't as great, there is no risk of being attacked or running into a terrorist mine field.

Enough of that you were asking about planets.  Please forgive the diatribe. Once I get the hull above level 200 I start focusing a little more on building planets.

> One thing I have been struggling with is getting population growth. Some of my planets have exploded to several million plus in population but others have languished behind. Recently I have been trying to bring in as many colonists as possible but that is slow going.

Yes it is slow going, especially with small hulls, that is why I stress trading at the beginning to build up my hull levels.  A couple of other ideas on colonizing.  First, invest in dignitaries.  They cost about $1M each and you can only put 5 on one planet but they have have some rather useful functions. I keep dismissing/firing dignitaries unless they come in as birth increasers/credit increasers.  Production increase is useful too but in the beginning I want the population to expand since it takes people to make money.  Second, try to trade with the colonist port in your sector.  For example, if the colonist port buys ore, I trade ore from the planet to the port so I don't waste turns.  I can at least make a little $$ while populating the planets.  When I run out of ore, I wait a little while and come back when there is more ore on the planet.

This brings up another point, production levels.  The most important production level on your planet is the organics level.  Keep an eye on organics.  If you run out of food the population starves.  There are about 4 different types of planets with varying abilities to create organics.  The worse planet is the dark blue and the best looks a little like earth.  It is going to take between 12-20% of your population just to create food.  When I start out on a new dark blue I set organics at 18% and a new earth 15%.  Then I can dial down the percentage making sure I have a positive rate of organic production.

Well that's a start, if you want I'll share more ideas tomorrow.

Entry Edited 1 time - Edited on Oct 23, 2008 - 6:49 pm

 Oct 23, 2008 - 6:26 pm

Title: Sector Defense

Was chatting with another player and he offered these tips, hope they can help a new player.

The following is an excerpt of our chat (btw, I'm Jack)

Jack says:
what level Voy you got now?
Friend. says:
Level 300

Jack says:
was kind of afraid of that
Friend. says:
lol, afraid of wat?

Jack says:
my main SD is only 310
   secondaries are 290, soo....
Friend. says:
ya u might wanna upgrade

Jack says:
at least at the main gate, producing 65% energy
got over 800 on all (and 1B+ on a couple)
Friend. says:
nice, how many fighters
Jack says:
not too many, 22M
Friend. says:
and lol im still sleepin in rs
Jack says:
cuz, I don't want Dixon draining the planets

Friend. says:
and ya i know bout the drainin thing
its a pain aint it
Jack says:
would you suggest more?
Friend. says:
maybe 30-35
but def no more than that
at least until u got about 2B energy on all planets
Jack says:
kk, thx
Friend. says:
1.5B should do actually

Jack says:
I dreamed of an SG with cloak levels so high, noone could see the planets or the SD
sounds like a good story, eh?
Friend. says:
LOL
ur nuts u know that right?
Jack says:
yep
I play AAT, goes without saying
Friend. says:
lol ok good just checkin

Entry Edited 1 time - Edited on Oct 23, 2008 - 6:27 pm

 Jun 29, 2006 - 2:58 pm

Title: Thunderdome

Been out of action for about a year and came back to see how development of .30 is going.   Glad to see it guys!

Thought I would do a little ship to ship combat and find out ThunderDome is missing     My one claim to fame was being tops in the Dome.  Well guess I'll just have to practice in Beta.  Get the rust off and get ready for Main again.

Safe Journey!

 Mar 23, 2005 - 4:35 pm

Title: Bad (cheaters) Server

This is my first posting and I'm doing it as a public service.  Avoid this server - elus-com.net/aatrade

While waiting for the main game to reset, I thought I'd hone my skills some on a russian server.  I was doing pretty good and withing 2 days, was threatening the top players in score.  Then a strange thing happened, check it out:

????? ????: ???? ????? Online ?????? Kills/Deaths Captures Lost Built ???????/?????? Experience Eff. Rating ???????????? ?????: ????????? ????
11 2,891 Scanner 0/1 0 0 0 5 110 0 12,919 2005-03-23 14:12

a couple hours later:

????? ????: ???? ????? Online ?????? Kills/Deaths Captures Lost Built ???????/?????? Experience Eff. Rating ???????????? ?????: ????????? ????
2 390,040 Scanner Online 0/1 0 0 0 7 110 9 41,089 2005-03-23 23:31

Quite obviously this "scanner" guy found a way to play almost 30,000 turns.  So I wrote the game admin.  Next thing you know, I'm out of the game.  No reply, no reason.

Moral of the story, if you want to find a 'good' game, this is not the one for you.
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In the interest of fairness (even if they aren't) the game admin wrote me today and this was his explanation:

I usthe computer translator.
Thanks that have told. We have put game recently and in subtleties are not informed yet. With the player scanner we have understood. It appears, that his(its) password have stolen and used in the dishonest purposes.
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And when asked why my player was deleted:

Our server does not provide game with far IP so we delete such players. Excuse.
С уважением,
dyaconov
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In other words, if you're not Russian, don't bother

Entry Edited 3 times - Edited on Mar 24, 2005 - 10:36 am