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This advanced base guide focuses on base specialization and location. The Astro Layout section sets minimum build goals for bases depending on their specialization. The Planet Choice section shares common wisdom on which astros work better in which specialization. Both sections describe time-tested methods. This page has an accompanying Frequently Asked Questions pages. If you find an area confusing and the FAQ is unhelpful, notify Merovech (Gamma).
The three major areas of activity on a base are fleet production, research, and commerce. Because space is a premium on all astros, it is critical that you build your empire by specializing your astros accordingly. All bases should have a minimum structure, but specialization helps a given base reach its potential. This section discusses basic empire organization and specific base structures. Specialization is necessary for Free accounts, not necessary for upgraded accounts. So, if you’re upgraded, take that into account.
Basic Empire Organization
For a basic empire, you will want three Commerce astros, two Research Astros, three Production astros, and a balance of Production/Research astros (dual-purpose). Your first will likely be a dual Production/Research base, this arrangement provides ten bases—the goal of the Ten-Seven Guide. When building your initial empire, your second, third and fourth bases should be commerce specialized to help jump start your economy. The table below suggests an order in which you may build your bases.
|Base Build Order|
|Home||Production / Research||Rocky, Crater, Metallic|
|2nd||Commerce||Asteroid/ Rocky, Crater, Metallic|
|3rd||Commerce||Asteroid/ Rocky, Crater, Metallic|
|4th||Commerce||Asteroid/ Rocky, Crater, Metallic|
|5th||Production/Research||Rocky, Crater, Metallic|
|6th||Production||Rocky, Crater, Metallic|
|7th||Production||Rocky, Crater, Metallic|
|8th||Production||Rocky, Crater, Metallic|
|9th||Research||Arid, Tundra, Gaia, Earthly|
|10th||Research||Arid, Tundra, Gaia, Earthly|
Why is your first base probably a dual-purpose base?
In the Ten Seven Guide, you are advised to start with a Rocky, Crater or Metallic planet; to optimize production. These three astros are suited for Production, yet you have to build eight Research Labs to expand your bases. Rather than later disband those Labs (recovering only half of what you spent), the recommendation is that you make your first base dual-purpose.
I personally find that whenever I start I end up with an Arid or Tundra, both of which are better for research. So, to meet my above recommendation, you have to restart your account. I find this wasteful, when the first astro is typically suitable for Research or Research and Production. Later in this guide, I recommend which astros are I find are worth having.
Base Structure Goals
A major consideration is specializing astros and optimizing production, commerce and research. The following table presents decent long-term goals for each of your bases. Be mindful that this is a guideline and your unique situation may require a different layout. For example, if you managed to build on an Oceanic world, the value of Metal Refineries is a waste of space. However, to play this game effectively, you’ll want to take heed of the preferred astros discussed later. Oceanics are a waste.
Free players are severely limited in what they can build. Space is a premium. Therefore, they should focus on securing planets, which is discussed in greater detail below—as which astros are preferred. The minimum layout in the table below shows the basic structure that should work for all free players. It’s a good goal for upgraded players as well, until you need to grow beyond its offerings. The production structures are balanced for cost.
The goals listed here are easily possible for a player under Level 30. These goals allow a player to build the key infrastructure for a base without heavy research requirements. Orbital Bases, Androids Factories, Antimatter Plants and Multi-Level Platforms all require substantial research to construct. These “Very Advanced Structures” are discussed in a separate guide.
|Real Econ||~140||~105||~150||~196 (~190)||–|
|Research:||Arid; Tundra; Gaia; ToxicSlot-4/-5; Earth|
|Production:||Rocky, Crater, Metallic, Asteroid|
Why Not Crystals?I recommend Asteroids over Crystals because you can convert the Roid base to a Production base when you’ve sobered up. “Commerce” bases do not provide the long-term value you seek in a strong empire.
My findings vary a bit from the sage wisdom of other guides. I did separate analysis of slot usage. The analysis was never completed as I started working on my scout database. However, I stand by my recommendations. If you do not see an astro listed above, avoid it.
The table below is from the Astro Empires tables list. This is to help guide your understanding regarding why certain astros are preferred for bases. Production planets need more Metal. Commerce planets need more Crystals, and Research planets need more area and fertility.
|Terrains||Metal||Gas||Crystals||Fertility||Area Planet||Area Moon|
The red figures above are the characteristics of the astro type that make that astro appealing. When astro hunting, always make a note of Crystalline, Gaia and Rocky astros. If you do not plant a base there, somebody will. There are a lot of Asteroids, otherwise I would recommend charting them, too.
Free account players should add 25 to the astro’s area to represent the maximum possible space they will have available with terraforming. Once you research Armour-22, you should add another 50 to the astro’s area to represent the limits you will encounter with Multilevel Platforms. Thus, an Asteroid will never have more than 140 spaces for structures.
Astro Orbit Preferences
Ideal LocationsPrefer Metal-3, Slot-2 astros. Planets if you need space, moons and roids if you want cheap prings.
Choose Slot Twoes. Naturally, you will let your needs influence your decision on which astro to take. When you can be choosy, prefer a Slot 2 orbit (e.g. GXX:XX:XX:2X). Slot 2 orbits have 3 solar energy, which provides cheap, accessible energy. Slot 2 orbits also increase base Fertility by one, which reduces the infrastructure you need to build your base. This easy access to cheap energy and improved fertility is what makes Slot 2 orbits preferable.
Slot 1 orbits are the second preference because they have higher solar energy but less fertility.
Slot 3 and beyond are terrible choices as you are always in a deficit in either energy or fertility. The exception is Toxic in Slot 4 or Slot 5. This is because Gas is better and mitigates problems with lower fertility. You may chose a Slot-3 if you can afford the extra Fusion plants you will have to build to offset the low solar output. You still get the Slot-2 fertility benefit.
Choosing a Moon or Planet
Moon or Planet Simplified?
- Planets if free account player
- Moons if upgraded
- Astroids if you’re patient.
Should you choose a moon or a planet? If you are going to play with a free account, you should focus on planets. Otherwise, you should focus on moons. This is because of limitations of space. Free players are limited to five terraform structures. This puts a ceiling on the number of structures they can build. Therefore, free players need the larger astros to maximize what they can build.
Conversely, upgraded players have no ceiling on structures. This allows paying characters to focus on other issues; such as cost. Deflection Shields, Planetary Shields and Planetary Rings cost 25 percent less on Moons than Planets. That is a gross savings of 1024, 6250 and 12500 credits, respectively. The size difference between a Moon and Planet is usually surmounted by two Terraforming, which costs 192 credits. Thus, it is cheaper to occupy Moons in the long term for upgraded players.
At least, this is the traditional logic. I need to look into this further to determine if there is real cost savings.
Of course, if you focus on planets, you will pay full price for Prings and Pshields. Moons cost half as much, and asteroids a quarter as much.