******************************************************************************* Deadlock 2: Shrine Wars ******************************************************************************* Listing of contents 0 - Just about me and this FAQ 1 - FAQ History 2 - Copyright note 3 - What's Deadlock 2: Shrine Wars about 4 - Basic Controls 5 - Overall explaining 5.1 - Colony Development 5.1.1 - Building Placement 5.1.2 - Available Buildings 5.2 - Resources and Management 6 - Military Units 7 - Technology Tree 8 - Races 8.1 - Racial abilities 8.1.1 - ChCh-t 8.1.2 - Cyth 8.1.3 - Human 8.1.4 - Maug 8.1.5 - Re'Lu 8.1.6 - Tarth 8.1.7 - Uva Mosk 9 - Little Tips & Little Tricks 10 - Ending & Credits ------------------------- 0 - Just about me and this FAQ Not much information about me except that you can contact me via: E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org MSN: If it proves needed, get me trough e-mail to switch contacts English or Portuguese (Brazilian too, duh!!) only!! I have little or no skill in any other languages, so, you might not get a reply if I don't understand what you are trying to say. For now I'll say that if you need you can expose any doubts, questions or request whatever info not seen here on this FAQ,or contribute your own (credit given off course!). With time I'll make some FAQ section about any most common questions that I haven't covered directly previously, and see if this game rises up those constant annoying questions that everyone get to complain about! About the FAQ: This FAQ currently is posted (and only allowed to) on these sites: WWW.GAMEFAQS.COM If you want to post it on your site, wish to take some information out it PLEASE ask me for permission! There is little reasons why I wouldn't allow you to such, so, some little credit would be sufficient and off you could go.. more happy and all. IF I find out that you are hosting my FAQ without my permission, well, I'll start off nice with a little request to pull it down, if you persist, we can try other not so nice solutions. ------------------------- 1 - FAQ History 0.5 - December 8th 2005 Basic Structure, some topics still missing. Some info sketched in. 1.0 - Decemter 14th 2005 Well, a lot of stuff gone in! A full list of military units, still missing a touch. Tech tree, again missing a clean up. A few little tips added, many more to come. And planning the things to still add later. ------------------------- 2 - Copyright Like if you didn't knew this part already,but...ok: This Walktrough is copyrighted (C) by Nelson Duarte (A.k.a Commander001). This is a free document so you can't sell it, reproduce it in any sort of way, use any information or post on any website without permission from the author. Deadlock 2: Shrine Wars is (C) Accolade / Cyberlore ------------------------- 3 - What's Deadlock 2: Shrine Wars about Deadlock 2: Shrine Wars (referred from now on as D2) it's a turn-based strategy game with focus on colony development and expansion, while providing some battle to go along with it. The colony development and expansion part refers as to, you -must- pay a great deal of attention to your colonies. Build the right buildings in the right places, construct them, upgrade them, also assign people to work on them, etc, etc... this sort of Sim Cityish system will be the main focus here, since it's trough this that technology will be developed, and with such, the colony built, and trough the buildings in these, your weapons of destruction will then be made and will stride trough the enemy borders. Somewhat alike to it's predecessor, which would recall a bit to some a slight resemblance to Civilization, but more "fast paced", and not so elaborated when it comes to alliances and similar. ------------------------- 4 - Basic Controls The mouse here will do most of the work (or at least with me, given the turn based envIronment, I have no particular concerns). I would assume the manual has been read, or at least there is some will to try and understand the interface. If by any reason this area comes to be requested, then it will be developed. ------------------------- 5 - Overall Explaining So, welcome to D2, you started a campaign game, you see your little home colony, where it lies a few colonists, a colonizer unit and some military units. From here it starts all. If you are new to this (it's 2005, I'm playing this game only now) you may be a bit lost as to what to do, so, let's see better what we have here. No matter what, you'll start with a home colony (or the chance to place one), be given a few hundred colonists, some cash, and really little more or nothing. From this, you must develop your main colony, expand and conquer. You'll have to multiply your colonists numbers, and that will require the claim of new land, which will either be open to everyone's taking, or already in the hands of an opponent faction... eventually it will come to this, so war is truly inevitable in one way or the other. There are a few possible way to attain victory, but, most of the time this will be sort down to total obliteration of the enemies, althought the alternative means are to either constroy a certain number of City Centers or capturing and holding the Shrines in a determined number, and for a certain amount of times. More detailed explanations ahead, by section. ------------------------- 5.1 - Colony Development Your primary colony will start with nothing more than a City Centre, and a couple of basic housings, alongside with some colonists. This will not earn you a victory alone. Your basic colony development, which is essential, will consist of first and foremost, provide Food. Lack of Food will equal the death of your colonists and that is not acceptable, get a farm working ASAP. As soon as that problem starts being eliminated, let's step up to the next priority: colonist numbers. Those basic housings will not do (hopefully, they will not), which will mean that at early time the room for colonists must be expanded, but, let's go cheap and try to use what we have, since land space is critical with the initial buildings, and there is after all some unexploited capability that must be used. Upgrades on the initial housings, again, as soon as possible, as it should provide room for 3000 people, which in a praire setting means you'll have maximum population without any loss of morale (which is only so relevant according to race or this or that change), which should give you quite a productive, reproductive and expansionist capabilities. As you reach such point, or along the way, you should have produced already some colonizer units, which should be deployed as soon as humanly possible on a variety of terrains, which should favor prairies for they colonist expansion capabilities, or forests if you need some raw materials like Wood, or mountains for Iron. Observe the surrounding terrains properly to see which ones give more benefit to be taken over first according to your specific tactic and race. Eventually, on your main colony at least, which repeats rather easily on other praire type colonies, you can add more housing and upgrade them as well, so to hold 4500 and more colonists. Of course, at this point you'll begin to have a penalty to the morale due to overpopulation, but, the tactic is as simply as to for example get some of the population to create some culture to compensate, and you usually always extra work force this way without losing any access to the also increased taxes. At this point, such sort of colonies can provide incredible boosts of speed to the development of new colonies, since they can pump out colonists "insanely" which in turn means that with even 10 colonist marks sent over to several places in one turn it's nothing that in 2 turns or similar hasn't been recovered, while the receiving colonies gain a substancial workforce. ------------------------- 5.1.1 - Building Placement Sometimes it can't be helped, and other times it must be judged with extreme care! The grid isn't that big (6x6), and more often than not, you'll run out of space on some colonies like your home one, and this is particularly true at the early game where each building tends to take 2x2 squares rather than just one, which makes it difficult to place other of the large buildings. Then again, the availability of constructing advanced buildings also implies the need of larger amounts of resources to place that building,which may take some time to gather. When possible, things should be done having in order to fill all the building grid, which in the early stages could mean up to 9 large buildings, but this is not what will happen ever, after all, you'll never need more than 3 upgraded house buildings (unless you want to waste a square for 400 colonists on non- ChCH-t races), and on the outter territories, you'll be using some squares for defense structures... or at least it's a small advice for considerable defense. Of course, those resource squares are not always in the right place and they must be taken advantage of, otherwise, they will be useless if just sitting there. The early objective is really to try and have buildings use the bonus resource squares and still leave a large as possible space for other 2x2 buildings you may need, which is particularly true for when you'll never have any reduced versions of it. Additionally, remember that it's not only the bonus resource squares that matter for a resource extraction, which is particularly true on 2x2 buildings. Change the view type to scan better for the present resource type so to see which 4 squares you'll cover still in a way to catch the bonus square as well... it might just give you those extra units that some turn will be crucial for you. ------------------------- 5.1.2 - Available Buildings City Center Size: 4 sq. Requirements: 500 cr.-600 labor-250 Iron-50 Energy A "core" of a colony. While not interely a true statement as one would depend on the City Center building (aside from being one of the potential scenario objectives) for survival, it is a key building never the less. These produce Colonizer units, scouts, and also the Command Corps. Adding to that, they are also a building to where you may want to put any extra idle colonists for either culture or trade. Unit wise, they still eventually come to produce Medics, when Advanced Medicine is researched. As long as you have one of these, or at the very least resources to build it, there is still hope! Housing -> Apartment Complex -> Luxury Housing / Cloning Center Size: 1 sq. Requirements: 50 cr.- 10 labor-10 Wood (Basic Housing only) 250 cr.-500 labor-5 Energy (25/turn)-50 Iron-5 Electronics-Tech:Cloning The housing buildings are where your colonists live and multiply. A simple housing holds 500 colonists, apartment complex 1000, and the luxry housing 1500 All ChCh-T equivalent hold double. Not much else to be said, except, maximum available colonists per colony are 4900 which limits the required number of these, and in addition, unlike other buildings, the only way to either get an apartment or luxury housing is trough the upgrading of the common housing. Sea Platforms come with a SeaHab. These are the equivalent to a Luxury Housing, and you cannot build additional colonists room on Sea Platforms. The cloning center more or less acts as a booster to the populations reproduction rate, however, be advised that no race feels well with this, and save for the Cyth which will not fall into a revolt trough this, the extended use it's not advised. The center houses no colonists whatsoever. Farm -> Hydroponic Farm -> Food Replicator / Kelp Farm Size: 4 sq. -> 4 sq. -> 1 sq. Requirements: 50 cr.- 75 labor 100 cr.-150 labor- 50 Wood- 50 Iron-(2 Energy/turn)-Tech:Synthetic Fertilizer 200 cr.-250 labor-100 Wood-100 Iron-50 Energy (10/turn)-Tech:Food Replication ------ 280 cr.-150 labor- 50 Wood- 50 Iron-(1 Energy/turn)-Sea Platform only The farming buildings are from where you gather your Food and Wood, both being rather precious resources despite their common being. Not many words required on these 3. Each one delivers more Food and Wood than its inferior version, and requires less personnel for such, the last version taking one singular square of terrain. Kelp farms, constructable only on sea platforms, produce the equivalent to a Hydroponic farm. Nuclear Plant -> Fusion Plant -> Anti-Matter Plant / Tidal Energy Plant Size: 1sq. Requirements: 100 cr.- 50 labor- 25 Iron 200 cr.-150 labor-100 Iron-Tech:Nuclear Fusion 400 cr.-250 labor-200 Iron-25 Energy-20 Electronics-Tech:Anti-Matter ------ Containment 260 cr.-150 labor-100 Iron-Sea Platform only The power buildings supply essential Energy, required for the construction of some buildings, as well to maintain many of them in their "daily basis". Also, when the appropriate technology is researched, you are able to produce anti- matter pods, which are required for the construction of several weapons. Tidal Energy plants, which can only be built on sea platforms, produce the equivalent to a Fusion Plant. Surface Mine -> Mantle Drill -> Sub-space Magnet Size: 4 sq. -> 1 sq. -> 1 sq. Requirements: 100 cr.-100 labor- 50 Wood 200 cr.-200 labor- 50 Wood-10 Iron-(5 Energy/turn)-Tech:Molecular Bonding 300 cr.-350 labor-100 Wood-50 Iron-15 Electronics-(10 Energy/turn)-Tech: Sub-space Scanner The mining buildings provide you with the also useful Iron, and with the appropriate technology, Endurium, which will be also very useful in the building particularly of some weapons. In the same way as other buildings, each is a improved version of the last, only the first one being a 2x2 building, and the others being 1 simple square of size, allowing for practical mineral retrieval. Also, each version drags in more ore than the other. Factory -> Automated Factory -> Replication Station Size: 4 sq. -> 4 sq. -> 1 sq. Requirements: 100 cr.-100 labor- 50 Iron-(2 Energy/turn) 250 cr.-200 labor-150 Iron-20 Energy(5/turn)-20 Electronics-Tech:Automation 550 cr.-300 labor-325 Iron-50 Energy(25/turn)-40 Electronics-Tech:Metal Replication Factories are the means to execute two important tasks. One, the production of your main land assault forces. Two, the refinement of Iron and Endurium into the far more precious steel and triidium. In addition, it also provides a place to generate some trade, but, with other potential buildings to do such, this might be the last one for it. Again, the more advanced, the smaller and more productive. University -> Tech Lab -> Collective Tech Lab Size: 4sq. -> 1 sq. -> 1sq. Requirements: 100 cr.-100 labor- 25 Iron-(10 Energy/turn) 200 cr.-200 labor-100 Iron-(20 Energy/turn)-5 Electronics-Tech:Chaos Computers 500 cr.-300 labor-250 Iron-25 Energy(40/turn)-25 Electronics-Tech:Cortex Scanner The research buildings are key to victory. Trough them you acquire access to many tools of expansion, be them pacifist or of military type, for the second part acting in two ways, since you will both need not only the technology to make superior weapons, but also the electronic parts that you'll required to assemble the most of these weapons of war. Once more, advanced versions are smaller and produce more. Additionally, both the Tech Lab and the Collective Tech Lab can be assembled on sea platforms. Hospital Size: 1 sq. Requirements: 250 cr.-200 labor-50 Iron-25 Energy(2/turn)-Tech:Advanced Medicine The hospital provides a few features. One, it prevents plagues from striking the colonists. Two, this construction can provide a small morale boost. Third, it can heal Militia units, which migth comes as a need when defending. Cultural Center -> Museum Size: 1 sq. Requirements: 75 cr.-100 labor-25 Wood-10 Iron-(10 Energy/turn - Museum only) These two culture buildings, the second being only achieved trough the upgrade, are merely worth to produce culture, which will be of considerable need in some situations. The difference present it's the required 10 Energy per turn to maintain an active Museum, however in compensation, instead of requiring 5 colonists to produce 10 culture, 3 will be capable of producing 15 points. Art Complex Size: 4 sq. Requirements: 200 cr.-250 labor-15 Wood-25 Iron-15 Energy-Tech:Endurium Mining The art complexes are also culture buildings in a way, although, they function differently. According to the number of colonists allocated to work, there will be a determined chances of a art piece being created, these pieces then posteriorly, by their mere existence within a colony, providing 2 morale points per piece, up to 10 points per turn in a given colony. Should you have more then 5 pieces on a colony, the presented alternatives to make use of such resource would be to either export it to other colonies or sell them to the Skirineen for a considerable price, although on the later option do not be forgot of the potential risks in dealing with them. Shipyard -> Hydroport Size: 1 sq. Requirements: 150 cr.-150 labor-75 Wood-(2 Energy/turn) 250 cr.-250 labor-10 Wood-250 Iron-20 Energy(5/turn)-10 Electronics-Tech: Shockwave Projector The Shipyard and Hydroport are the buildings responsible for assembling your Sea capable units, which includes the AAV. You'll need these on watery planets and even on non-watery ones. Deploying a Sea Platform can many times help the neighbouring friendly colonies, and devastate the enemy ones, and this can only be done with the help of a Sea Colonizer built by these 2. Both can be constructed on firm ground and Sea Platforms. They also allow Trade to be performed and they are perhaps the most efficient building at that. Airport -> Military Airbase Size: 4 sq. Requirements: 150 cr.-200 labor-100 Iron-(5 Energy/turn) 250 cr.-300 labor-300 Iron-10 Wood-25 Electronics-20 Energy(10/turn)-Tech: Neutronic Fuel The Airport and it's improved version, the Military Airbase, are the aerial counterparts to the Shipyard and Hydroport. Capable of building your air units along with some trade, you'll need these at the very least to try and have some cover against air units who expect an easy raid, and to provide hell on the ground to those that think that our bombers are resting on the ground. That sums up these 2. Fuel Depot Size: 1 sq. Requirements: 50 cr.-50 labor-25 Iron-20 Energy-Tech:Neutronic Fuel A absolute need for all your invasion plans! Responsible for not letting your airplanes hitting the ground in a bad way, and allowing extended movement to your ground troops, the Fuel Depots come as an absolute need. Frankly, there is little against building them: They're small, cheap! So, why not have one per territory? And remember, these can be built on Sea Platforms. Laser Defense / Energy Defense / Anti-Matter Defense Size: 1 sq. Requirements: 75 cr.-100 labor- 15 Iron-(2 Energy/turn) 100 cr.-150 labor- 50 Iron- 5 Energy(5/turn)-Tech: Energy Deflectors 150 cr.-200 labor-100 Iron-10 Energy(10/turn)-10 Electronics-10 Anti-Matter- Tech:Anti-Matter Deflectors Note: These buildings are -NOT- upgradable. Hence the lack of guide arrows. The Defense structures are, as the name points out, defense purposed buildings. Immobile turrets that will fire at anything that's not friendly and has reached their range of fire, which removes immediatly any air targets. There are far from an impenetrable defense, but, if they are placed properly, they can assist on slowing down an incoming attack while your units get into position, or who knows if they can indeed defeat the enemy and survive to the next battle. Still, not excessively expensive, easily replacable, 1 square per Fort, and costing no maintenance except some Energy per turn, they can be there to aid you! Flak Launcher Size: 1 sq. Requirements: 100 cr.-150 labor-50 Iron-5 Energy(2/turn)-5 Electronics-Tech:Flak The Anti-Air version of the Forts, single and excusively, attacking Air units. In case you want to provide some air defense to your ground colonies, this may be a good bet, since otherwise, you'll either need to have costly patrol of your units around, or try to divert them as soon as possible. Some defense can never hurt, I always say, and having some more is always better. Torpedo Fort Size: 1 sq. Requirements: 120 cr.-150 labor-50 Iron-5 Energy(2/turn) And this would be the Anti-Ship version of any of the previous two. Only constructable on Sea Platforms, they are designed to take one one of the two type of units that can get to them, and that would be ships! They can only do so much, but the Sea Platforms have little means of defense already, so, perhaps everything can help. Of course, if you have the resources, there are other alternatives. Tidal Vortex Generator Size: 1 sq. Requirements: 310 cr.-150 labor-50 Wood-50 Iron-50 Energy(10/turn)-Tech:Vortex Emitters The TVG could be considered the Torpedo Fort of neighbouring territories. Rather that attacking individual ships, at battle range, the TVG strikes all surrounding territories where there is only enemy presence, damaging all units present there. Should there be friendly units, the TVG will not trigger an attack on that particular territory. Weather Control Station Size: 1 sq. Requirements: 626 cr.-300 labor-100 Wood-125 Iron-100 Energy(20/turn)-Tech:Mesotronic Generators And this one, this is a mix of the last few, with extras, well, in away. The Station has no direct effect on Sea units, ally or foe, but it's attack power extends still to neighbouring territories. First, it acts as an Anti-Air weapon, modified Flak that attacks neighouring territories where there are no friendly units present, just like with the TVG, and in addition to this, it also strikes land neighouring territories, flooding those which are neutral or hostile, and aiding the farm production of the friendly territories. Missile Base -> Anti-Colony Assault Silo Size: 1 sq. Requirements: 100 cr.-100 labor- 50 Iron-(2 Energy/turn)Tech:Rocketry 250 cr.-200 labor-150 Iron-25 Energy(15/turn)-10 Electronics-Tech:Orbital Surveillance Talking about big guns? This is the key of the Colony Killer tactics! Capable of producing the 3 Missile units, and both constructable on land and sea, these can give you the tools for a decisive strike versus that toughly defended colony, which if you can't control peacefully, then you'll just take by force... whichever is your final objective, these will still do their purpose. Once a missile is built, it's point and click, and with the best Missile unit ranging 6 move points, it can go far from home to take the gift. Military Training Center Size: 4 sq. Requirements: 250 cr.-250 labor-50 Wood-50 Iron-5 Electronics-(20 Energy/turn) How about simulating some battles at home? When you build your battle units, they'll be green as apples, and you want to turn them into the reddish kind. How can you attain it? Experience. But what if there is no experience to be earned out there, or you precisely need that experience to be able to survive. Train then! The Training Center, if staffed, will provide experience points to all the idle units (Mission: Train) on the territory with the Center, which might provide a bigger edge on the actual battlefield later. Remember, however, your units will not become Elite trough training. That rank must actually be reached trough battle experience. Bunker Size: 1 sq. Requirements: 200 cr.-200 labor-50 Wood-50 Iron-Tech:Advanced Structures Do you want to send your colonists to battle? We're talking about wimpy home boy soldiers, who'll carry nothing more than a laser pistol, and most likely die in a hit or so! So, a bunker has support for 50 colonist marks (that'd be 5000), which you can throw in up to the number that you desire. Idea? The ones that are within the bunker are protected, and will return to the city unarmed after the battle is done (provided that their side won), which can be very helpful to repair the damaged buildings and so, since otherwise, all of the colonists outside of the bunker will take weapons and fight, which may bring them a gruesome death, and less numbers for you later. ------------------------- 5.2 - Resources and Management Resources,and a successful use of them,it's what will bring you a sure victory. If you end up with a shortage of Food, your colonists will revolt. If on the other hand you allowed your Wood stock to get depleted, you just might not be able to build the power plant that you need so badly in order to replace the destroyed one so to provide power to your currently idle factories, that are halfway of building the army that will prevent the next attack and begin a counter-offensive. Yes, the lack of one resource in D2 can mean your faction's destruction, but, that's precisely what we'll be discussing to avoid that, and prevent the waste of money in something that should be coming to you for free. The resources we'll have to worry with are: -Food: The life of your colonists, and your armies. -Wood: One of the basic needs for early buildings. -Energy: Crucial for buildings, both construction and maintenance. -Iron: You will not raise many buildings without this. -Endurium: This scarcer metal will help you develop some buildings and weapons. -Anti-Matter: Key to the best offense and defense. -Steel: Sucessor of the Iron, more valuable for that. -Triidium: What Steel is for Iron, Triidium is for Endurium, but even better. -Electronics: We're even further than Modern Warfare,so these fit in even more. -Art Piece: Something to contemplate on spare time. Before proceeding with a more detailed examination of each resource, I'll point out the two tactics that exist at some point in D2 regarding resource gathering which I will call here of Spreaded and Focused. What do these two are composed of: Spreaded- On a spread gathering system, each colony tries to be self sufficient and this is done via the existence of the main support buildings in all or most of the colonies, so that no transportation of supplies is required on each and every turn. The pros are obviously the reduction of costs in the early game in transportation, the cons are also the waste of space in the territories, especially in the early game. Focused- On the focused gathering system, each colony tries to focus on a more particular kind of resource. If the colony is on a plain, then it'll go for Food, if in a forest, Wood, or if settling in a mountainous area, then it will mine Iron and so on. This technique tends to stay a bit locked on this method to the exception of colonies that are not over developed and have bonus squares of other resources, which if are not too demanding in terms of colonists, then they are exploited. Pros of this it's obviously the quickest gathering of all types of resources ,which automatically brings the con of transportation costs, given that Food and Energy will be constantly transported, as well as the other resources once they are needed. Now, let's dissecate the utility and means (ordinary) to acquire each type: - Food Food will be somethinng which number will always be floating. Every turn, your colonists eat (provided there's Food) and grow because of it, all while being happy with your ability in filling their stomachs. Should you fail this task, their numbers will decrease, and they will become unhappy... a low morale is something that you'll want to avoid. In addition, your soldiers need this as well. The lack of it will slowly weaken them, until the point that they may disband themselves from your command which is as well something that you must avoid. To gather Food there is only one mean, farms! Be it the most simplist form, up to the Food Replicator, passing by the Kelp Farms, this is your "singular" way gathering Food. As to the Kelp Farms, there's little to be discussed, you set it down and let it gather without much consideration, but, the land side farms are a whole different story. The best suited places are obviously plains, where there are usually lots of open spaces, and Food will grow abundantly here. In addition, it's also one of the types of terrain with the biggest chances of having bonus Food squares. However, the same can't be said from other types of terrain... weaker ability to produce Food, not so suceptible to have bonus squares, things might get bad here, but, it's because of this that you must use one out of the two tactics (or even mix them). Through Spreaded, all colonies should be more or less self sufficient, which cuts down on transportation costs substantially, however, you will lose 4 squares in the early game to a farm. On the other hand, with Focused, perhaps in your main colony or nearby (which probably are plains), you'll lose space to farms that will feed a part of your territory, with a bit of side line costs, that can grow steep. - Wood Wood is perhaps the resource that's given the least importance, but it's dearly critic in the early game, and it can be left a bit behind in its gathering due to the concern of getting Food, Energy and Iron. Wood gathering can also be only done by one method, use of Farms, so early game we are talking also of that 4 square huge assed building, but, at least it can work in concurrence with the Food gathering, or, can it? With a maximum of 8 workers in the most basic version of the farm, these 8 workers must decide between farming or Woodcutting, and of the two, the second task it's actually harder to accomplish. According to the two main gathering techniques you get: Spreaded- Everything non-fored will have a bad time getting Wood, by lack of the resource itself, plus bonus squares. Focused- If you have a forest, you should be gathering that Wood at quick pace. There isn't really a big con on this one since you only need so much Wood, rather than on a turn basis. - Energy Energy plays a vital role throughout all the game as well, especially on the later part of the game, where you might expend over 100 Energy per turn on a single colony. You won't be needing much of it in the building part, save for the more complex buildings, however, it'll be a constant requirement in maintaining many buildings active, especially as soon as your first upgrades become available, which will be difficult to ignore. Energy gathering goes a bit like Food, really, except that your morale or colonist reproduction isn't at stake. Like with Food, you can either make use of your land buildings, or the Tidal Energy Generator from the sea platforms. Being, on the land side, one square buildings at least make them easy to fit anywhere, which doesn't make too troubling for a colony be self- sufficient in terms of power, however, it's not like all terrais produce huge amounts of power... perhaps it'll suffice, but as you evolve you'll need more power. Cracked ground is sign of a good power source, and a swamp is most likely with a few Energy bonuses ready for the taking. The two main methods tend to mix a bit, given that you may now and then need a good surplus of power for those not quite expected upgraded buildings that you want to keep online, however, the spreaded system tends to work out quite well, unless you find a good spot and want to tap the power source for feeding other colonies or storing the juice for later. - Iron Another core resource. Early buildings are in need of this one, and the later ones only crave for more, and that meaning in the house of the hundreds. Let's get digging!! There's never really a trembling problem in getting Iron, although, if you get to a mountanious territory then you will most likely strike gol... Iron without any troubling path. Rocky terrain indicates presence of Iron, and mountais will be full of them. Early building will take 4 squares, but as soon as you get the first upgrade the wisest choice to make is to take it. Less room taken will allow you to focus your attention on key squares for maximum effiency in extraction, because remember, you'll use a lot of this precious Iron, in one way or the other. Spreaded gathering becomes difficult, although not interely inneficient, as you'll always find some rock here and there, and it really depends how badly you're needing the ore or not. On the Focused type you must then make sure use of a mountain for its efficiency to be maximum, as no land really supports a full escale extraction plan other than the mountains. - Endurium The rarer cousin of the Iron. Once your technology level takes a few steps forward, you'll come to meet with Endurium, both to extract it, as well in its use, which will be made of more importance now that you are able to get your hands, claws, whatever on it. Endurium comes a bit more hardly than plain Iron, although it's prime spots are still the same, and you can get to see square bonus often in forests and swamps now and then. Take advantage of these, as Endurium -is- harder to extract, and you want it so badly. Extraction of Endurium is done by all mine type buildings as well, but, as with Farms about Wood and Food, here too you'll have to split your work force, although focusing on Endurium might not be a bad idea if you were able to find a good supply of it. Spreaded or Focused, your call, Endurium justifies any of the tactics as long as you get it! - Anti-Matter The main component of the "end game" weapons. The use of this in your tools of war it's the same as saying that the Armaggedon was unleashed. Perhaps not, but sounds cool anyway. Anti-Matter Pods are manufactured as a second resource on power plant type buildings once you discover the appropriate technology, which doesn't come that early, being kind of good, since the most basic plants are terrible at accomplishing that the task of producing the Pods, even with full personnel. Most likely, as the need for more powerful weapons come, so will your plants be at par to spew out these pods. Tactic to use? It's the one that goes along with your Energy generating one. Make use of your existing power plants, or create a few new ones, although if the later, you may free to add the plant where you have more free personnel given that the production of the pods is not connected to the rating of existing Energy on the building square. - Steel The child of Iron, as it becomes refined in a factory. Its value has been increased already, even if its numbers are not. Steel is the result of Iron being processed in a factory. A not extremely quick process, but, their results pay off in the simplicity of handling a smaller number of cargo units. The conversion is a one to one, so there is no loss in material, while there is only a gain in value. No particular tactic exists for this. You may either create a factory with the sole purpose of converting the metals, or you may try to use the ones you have built previously that were either making trade or building military units. - Triidium Child resource to Endurium, like the Steel is to Iron. Undergoing the same transmutation process, it too becomes more valuable due to it, without no other loss whatsoever. Triidium, like Steel, is processed in factories, the end result being just about the same. With such, the same reasoning of tactic applies. - Electronics Production of Electronic Parts goes in direct concurrence with research, because those big headed folks either are finding new ways to blow stuff up, or they'll be soldering circuits to boards so that you can fit them in the previously mentioned stuff that blows things up. Electronics -will- be required once you decide to start waging war, since you can't rely on standard infantry for all that long, and most vehicles will require these. They aren't produced in large numbers on the most simple research buildings, so, you either better wait for the upgrades to come, or add another university somehow on your cramped up colony, so to produce extra parts. Tactic says that wherever you can fit an university or any of its more efficient forms, then it's good to produce Electronics. - Art Pieces Art Pieces are unique pieces of stunning awesomeness that bring up the morale of an intire colony, just by it's existence, up to five of these per colony having effect. To build these pieces, however, you need to build an Art Complex, which only end is to produce Art Pieces in the form of a certain chance per turn. The more colonists you stuff there, the better the chances, as well of having multiple of these structures works to increase the chance ,however, these buildings have no upgrades and they are in fact large 4 square buildings taking away a lot of room. Can you make use of it? Tactic says that Spreaded or Focused are not ways to be taken with this. Just find a corner with free space and free personnel, and get them to work, as you have time and can always make the pieces go back and forth between colonies! A bit late, but, at this time I feel that there's a need to explain why the larger interest in these refined ores and even Endurium back there. First, of all, all these metals are used to one thing only (aside from selling), construction! Whatever that it is that can live with Iron, it will also with Endurium or Steel, as here's how: Let's say that a building requires 100 Iron to build, and we convert this into a measure by points. The table of scores goes like: Iron - 1 point Endurium - 5 points Steel - 5 points Triidium - 10 ponts This means that whatever it was that required those 100 Iron, can also, and will do it, with 10 units of Triidium, provided that enough units of the metal are available. And how is the usage of it made? Simple! The preference is: Triidium -> Steel -> Endurium -> Iron So let's suppose we only had 5 Triidium in stock, and an abundance of Steel. The 5 units of Triidium would be consumed, taking afterwards the 50 remaining points out of Steel (10 units). If you lacked Steel, then either Endurium or Iron would be used, according to their own value. Triidium -> Steel -> Endurium -> Iron What does this do? Well, if you have Triidium available, then it's the best metal you have, and the only reason why you have, it's to use, so, the colony managers will take it. Why Steel instead of Endurium when their value is the same? Simple, given the same value, Steel (if existing in sufficient amount) covers the absence of Triidium, so that if Endurium still exists, there is the chance for it to be converted to the refined material of greater value. The bottom note of this is, it's less resources that you use, and it's less money that you will probably spend in the transportation of materials. 100 Iron Vs. 10 Triidium. You do the figures! ------------------------- 6 - Military Units This will be your key to victory. Without combat, chances are that you will be defeated, because while you may be one heck of a pacifist, the enemy more than likely isn't giving a rat for you, and will just make his tanks flatten your colonies. Pay attention soldier! Eyes on the briefing of what you'll find out there! Keep in mind, all values presented are neutral ones, meaning, they will still be boosted by Tarth's military superiority, for example. Side note: On the requirements section, Electronics will be shorted down to Elec, and Anti-Matter Pods will just be referred as Pods, all in hope to try and have a bit more clean and understandable data sheet. Special Type On the Special type I'm only making mentions to the units constructed at the City Centre. They could most likely fall within Infantry and Armor, but I still decided to keep them apart because of this different building matter. -Colonizer (Deploys to a colony) Attack: 2 Defense: 2 Speed: Slow Firing Rate: 33 rounds/sec Range: 1 square Move points: 3 Upkeep: None Requirements: 50 cr.-5 labor-10 Wood -Scout (Spy and sabotages buildings - Other abilities according to faction) Attack: 2 Defense: 5 Speed: Slow Firing Rate: 33 rounds/sec Range: 1 square Move points: 3 Upkeep: None Requirements: 100 cr.-25 labor-10 Wood-1 Elec-Tech:Electronics -Medic (Heals Infantry units) Attack: 1 Defense: 5 Speed: Very slow Firing Rate: 33 rounds/sec Range: 1 square Move points: 3 Upkeep: 1 credit Requirements: 250 cr.-30 labor-5 Wood-5 Elect-Tech:Advanced Medicine -Command Corps (Provides a bonus to all Land units in battle - Plus abilities) Attack: 2 Defense: 5 Speed: Very slow Firing Rate: 33 rounds/sec Range: 1 square Move points: 3 Upkeep: 1 credit Requirements: 250 cr.-25 labor-5 Wood-5 Elect-Tech:Electronics Infantry Type The Infantry starts out as the most basic and cheap military units you'll get. Not something that you'll rely on intirely, although, they can be used for several ends, like softnening up the enemy, or drawing enemy fire. On top of that, some faction specific special abilities only fall over these units. -Laser Squad Attack: 2 Defense: 5 Speed: Medium Firing Rate: 33 rounds/sec Range: 1 square Move points: 3 Upkeep: 1 credit Requirements: 35 cr.-30 labor -SAM Trooper (Carries Surface to Air capable missiles) Attack: 4 Defense: 16 Speed: Medium Firing Rate: 33 rounds/sec Range: 1 square Move points: 3 Upkeep: 1 credit Requirements: 60 cr.-50 labor-10 Iron-5 Elec-Tech:SAM Missiles -Battle Trooper Attack: 8 Defense: 24 Speed: Fast Firing Rate: 33 rounds/sec Range: 1.3 squares Move points: 3 Upkeep: 2 credits Requirements: 100 cr.-100 labor-25 Iron-8 Elec-2 Pods-Tech:Anti-Matter Rifle -Assault Trooper Attack: 12 Defense: 36 Speed: Fast Firing Rate: 40 rounds/sec Range: 1.3 squares Move points: 3 Upkeep: 5 credits Requirements: 200 cr.-200 labor-50 Iron-10 Elec-10 Pods-Tech:Assault Armor Armor Type It's time to let the artillery handle the situation when these start to get in your grasp! Bigger, meaner, tougher, faster! There would really be no reason to say "No." to these bad boys if it wasn't for the fact that they are more costly in terms of resources. Choose wisely according to situation. Additionally, they do -not- have AA (Anti-Air) capabilities, which means if a lonely unit, or a whole pack of tanks find air planes, they have no other choice than to flee or be destroyed. -Laser Cannon Attack: 4 Defense: 10 Speed: Medium Firing Rate: 33 rounds/sec Range: 1.3 squares Move points: 4 Upkeep: 1 credit Requirements: 75 cr.-40 labor-25 Iron -Fusion Cannon Attack: 8 Defense: 20 Speed: Medium Firing Rate: 40 rounds/sec Range: 1.3 squares Move points: 4 Upkeep: 2 credits Requirements: 100 cr.-100 labor-50 Iron-Tech:Fusion Cannon -Disruptor Cannon Attack: 15 Defense: 40 Speed: Medium Firing Rate: 40 rounds/sec Range: 1.6 squares Move points: 4 Upkeep: 5 credits Requirements: 200 cr.-200 labor-100 Iron-5 Elec-10 Pods-Tech:Disruptor Beams -Holocaust Cannon Attack: 25 Defense: 60 Speed: Fast Firing Rate: 40 rounds/sec Range: 2 squares Move points: 4 Upkeep: 10 credits Requirements: 500 cr.-400 labor-250 Iron-10 Elec-20 Pods-Tech:Anti-Matter Beams Air Type Time to rule the skies and earn your wings. You have 4 craft at your disposal to meet the end of establishing air superiority. It you control the skies, you can both get enhanced information from the surroundings of your colonies, as to provide excellent support to your attacking forces. -Turbo Wing Fighter (Air-Air and Air-Surface capable, but with some penalties) Attack: 2 Defense: 10 Speed: Ultra fast Firing Rate: 100 rounds/sec Range: 1.3 squares Move points: 2 Upkeep: 1 credit Requirements: 75 cr.-25 labor-50 Iron -Starflare Bomber Attack: 6 Defense: 20 Speed: Ultra fast Firing Rate: 100 rounds/sec Range: 1.6 squares Move points: 3 Upkeep: 2 credits Requirements: 100 cr.-75 labor-100 Iron-10 Elec-Tech:Starflare Bombs -Supernova Spyjet (Can Spy and perform AA and AS attacks) Attack: 10 Defense: 30 Speed: Ultra Fast Firing Rate: 100 rounds/sec Range: 1.6 squares Move points: 3 Upkeep: 12 credits Requirements: 350 cr.-125 labor-250 Iron-20 Elec-10 Pods-Tech:Cloaking -Air Command (Provide combat bonus to Air units in battle) Attack: 2 Defense: 12 Speed: Ultra Fast Firing Rate: 50 rounds/sec Range: 1.6 squares Move points: 3 Upkeep: 3 credits Requirements: 200 cr.-100 labor-150 Iron-10 Elec-15 Energy-Tech:Electronics Sea Type Ship at sight! Controlling the seas may also come as a necessity in the long struggle for development and power. Whenever a planet has too much water, naval warfare is inbound in one way or the other, meaning to either have your ships fight against other of their kind, or be the carriers of the better known and more common means of destruction. -Sea Transport Attack: 2 Defense: 25 Speed: Medium Firing Rate: 25 rounds/sec Range: 1.3 squares Move points: 4 Upkeep: 1 credit Requirements: 50 cr.-25 labor-25 Iron -Sea Command Attack: 6 Defense: 35 Speed: Medium Firing Rate: 33 rounds/sec Range: 1.3 squares Move points: 4 Upkeep: 2 credits Requirements: 250 cr.-100 labor-100 Iron-10 Elec-Tech:Electronics -AAV (Amphibious Assault Vehicle) Attack: 8 Defense: 20 Speed: Fast Firing Rate: 33 rounds/sec Range: 1.3 squares Move points: 4 Upkeep: 3 credits Requirements: 200 cr.-100 labor-75 Iron-Tech:Fusion Cannon -Flak Ship Attack: 2 Defense: 20 Speed: Medium Firing Rate: 25 rounds/sec Range: 1.6 squares Move points: 4 Upkeep: 1 credit Requirements: 150 cr.-75 labor-100 Iron-Tech:Flak -Destroyer Attack: 10 Defense: 25 Speed: 33 rounds/sec Firing Rate: Fast Range: 1.3 squares Move points: 4 Upkeep: 1 credit Requirements: 75 cr.-50 labor-30 Iron-5 Elec-Tech:Underwater Tracking -Attack Sub Attack: 10 Defense: 15 Speed: Medium Firing Rate: 40 rounds/sec Range: 2 squres Move points: 4 Upkeep: 2 credits Requirements: 250 cr.-175 labor-150 Iron-10 Elec-Tech:Zero Friction Hull -Shockwave Dreadnought Attack: 10 Defense: 40 Speed: Fast Firing Rate: 33 rounds/sec Range: 1.6 squares Move points: 4 Upkeep: 1 credit Requirements: 150 cr.-75 labor-100 Iron-Tech:Shockwave Projector -Shockwave Carrier Attack: 6 Defense: 60 Speed: Fast Firing Rate: 50 rounds/sec Range: 1.6 squares Move points: 4 Upkeep: 2 credits Requirements: 300 cr.-100 labor-200 Iron-10 Pods-Tech:Ion Weapons -Siege Cruiser Attack: 5 Defense: 30 Speed: Medium Firing Rate: 33 rounds/sec Range: 1.3 squares Move points: 4 Upkeep: 5 credits Requirements: 300 cr.-250 labor-200 Iron-20 Elec-Tech:Rocketry -Sea Colonizer (Can build Sea Platforms) Attack: 2 Defense: 25 Speed: Slow Firing Rate: 25 rounds/sec Range: 1.3 squares Move points: 3 Upkeep: None Requirements: 100 cr.-50 labor-20 Wood-20 Iron-5 Elec-Tech:Advanced Structures Missile Type That was one pretty mushroom. Let's see another! Missile type units, or warheads ,if you prefer, are fire-and-forget one use units. You simply build them in your missile silos, and they you fire them by deciding a target territory (enemy or neutral), to where they'll fly, impact on something, make a Boom! and more than likely leaving the said hit area turned to ashes. -Scatterpack Warhead Attack: 20 Defense: 4 Speed: Ultra fast Firing Rate: N/A Range: N/A Move points: 3 Upkeep: None Requirements: 100 cr.-50 labor-25 Iron-Tech:Rocketry -Groundbreaker Warhead Attack: 20 Defense: 6 Speed: Ultra fast Firing Rate: N/A Range: N/A Move points: 4 Upkeep: None Requirements: 125 cr.-75 labor-50 Iron-5 Elec-10 Pods-Tech:Ion Weapons -Supernova Warhead Attack: 30 Defense: 8 Speed: Ultra fast Firing Rate: N/A Range: N/A Move points: 5 Upkeep: None Requirements: 150 cr.-100 labor-100 Iron-10 Elec-20 Pods-Tech:Anti-Matter Beams ------------------------- 7 - Technology Tree Technology. Without progress in it, you'll surely lead a short life, because those enemy Holocaust tanks won't care if you are still throwing wimpy little spears. Of course, technology isn't just sorted down to improvements on the military field, even though that -is- the ultimate goal. Research can bring you access to new buildings, new weapons and new resources, so you need to walk down the tech tree to have access to all of this. The list will be breaked down by levels of technology, stating the cost of research for each level per field, the benefits of a particular technology, and the requirements of previous technologies for superior level ones. Also placing the cost face to the Skirineen, although, it's somewhat random the technologies they may have to offer you. The comments I point out are merely an addition, explaining any particular lil' detail, or notes of my own, rather than a whole advisory if it's a "must get" or not. Strategies vary, and you may find better need for a colony upgrade rather than a new weapon, or vice-versa. Tech Level I Cost per field: 50 research points Cost from Skirineen: 250 credits -Advanced Medicine Allows: Builing Hospitals Training Medics Comment: None in particular. With Random Events, perhaps it's something worthy to have, given that an Hospital prevents a direct plague on your colonists, and Medics can be of some assistance, but, I wouldn't cry over them. -Mettalurgy Allows: Factories can convert Iron into Steel Comment: This one is a bit of must have, I have to admit. The sooner you are able to produce Steel, AND, have the manpower to do so, your Iron consumption will decrease, and some costs with that too! -Nuclear Fusion Allows: Building Fusion Plant Comment: Again, perhaps a bit of a must have. Power Plants are always 1 square, but, less people for more power is always good! -Electronics Allows: Research buildings can produce Electronic Parts. Construct Scouts and Command Corps Comment: Electronic Parts will come in handy. As to Scouts and Command Corps, personally I'm one that can make a campaign without them, but, don't let that make you think bad of them. Tech Level II Cost per field: 100 research points Cost from Skirineen: 500 credits -Shockwave Projector Requires: Advanced Medicine Allows: Building Hydroport Construct Shockwave Dreadnoughts Comment: Shockwave Projector = Hydroport = Good! (for Sea battles!) Shockwave Projector = Dreadnought = If last one was good for you, then the Dreadnought makes sense for you too! -Cloning Requires: Advanced Medicine Allows: Building Cloning Centers Comment: Depending on your race, and the morale boosts that you have running, the access to the Cloning Centres might not be too bad, but, it's not something that you can't live without. -Synthetic Fertilizer Requires: Advanced Medicine and Mettalurgy Allows: Hydroponic Farms Comment: Better farm equals better resource gathering, need I say more? Remember, these ones start draining power, even if little. -Automation Requires: Mettalurgy Allows: Building Automated Factories Comment: If you want to build combat units, process Steel and Triidium, and perhaps even make some trade, you'll need these. -Hoverway Requires: Mettalurgy Allows: Cheaper Transportation (Costs reduced by one third) Comment: As your empire grows, and you're not the Humans, this will come rather handy, since the Transportators are very far. Of course, this might also depend on your resource gathering management, but credits -do- come in handy. -Molecular Bonding Requires: Mettalurgy Allows: Mantle Drill Comment: That Iron and Endurium are coming in way too slowly. Get this for power, and somewhat smaller mines, which will reveal "hidden space" in your colony. (Remember, extra Endurium bonus squares may appear along with the appropriate Technology. You may be hidding a few!) -Fusion Cannon Requires: Nuclear Fusion and Mettalurgy Allows: Consctruct Fusion Cannon and AAV Comment: I'm a artillery fan, so I wouldn't say no to this one. Fusion Cannon is a boost on your land firepower once you get here, and the AAV can get you out of bad situations when you don't have time to carry enough units over water. -Neutronic Fuel Requires: Nuclear Fusion Allows: Building Military Airbase Extends air units range Comment: If you enjoy Air units, this is convinient! Both a faster way to produce the crafts, plus an extended range, allows you to deliver pain more quickly and with less chances of losing the craft to the fuel... lack of it, that is! -Flak Requires: Nuclear Fusion Allows: Building Flak Launchers Construct Flak Ships Comment: Flak = Sweeping the skies from pidgeons. Big fat pidgeons who drop too many bombs. You don't want them there! -Chaos Computers Requires: Nuclear Fusion and Electronics Allows: Building Tech Labs Comment: Advisable! Again, Universities just have too large foundations, and the research speed boost aside, I think it's good enough reason already! -Rocketry Requires: Electronics Allows: Building Missile Base Comment: Remote Death! Need I say more? Well, the Anti-Colony Assault Silo does a much better job, but, it's still far! -SAM Missiles Requires: Electronics Allows: Construct SAM Troopers Comment: At either the lack of Flaks, or proper Air-Air cover, the SAM troops will give you an average support, both in anti-air, as well as anti- ground. They won't live forever though. Tech Level III Cost per field: 250 research points Cost from Skirineen: 1250 credits -Zero Friction Hulls Requires: Shockwave Projector and Cloning Allows: Construct Attack Submarines Comment: I'm not much a person of submarines, so I can't even say much, but, strategically speaking, this may bring you many surprise kills on your rap sheet. -Underwater Tracking Requires: Synthetic Fertilizers and Automation Allows: Construct Destroyers Comment: -Advanced Structures Requires: Howeverway and Molecular Bonding Allows: Tougher buildings Building Sea Plaftorms (via construcing Sea Platform Builders) Building Civilian Defense Bunkers Comment: -Endurium Mining Requires: Fusion Cannon and Neutronic Fuel Allows: Mining buildings can extract Endurium Comment: -Starflare Bombs Requires: Neutronic Fuel and Flak Allows: Construct Starflare Bombers Comment: -Anti-Matter Containment Requires: Flak and Chaos Computers Allows: Building Anti-Matter Plant Power Plants can produce Anti-Matter pods Comment: -Targetting Computers Requires: Chaos Computers and Rocketry Allows: Increased accuracy on all Fortifications Target designation on Missile units Comment: -Proximity Detectors Requires: Rocketry and SAM Missiles Allows: Perform Mine Territory Mission Comment: -Energy Deflectors Requires: SAM Missiles Allows: Building Energy Defense Forts Comment: Tech Level IV Cost per field: 500 research points Cost from Skirineen: 2500 credits -Ion Weapons Requires: Zero Friction Hulls Allows: Construct Shockwave Carrier and Groundbreaker Warhead Comment: -Power Cells Requires: Underwater Tracking and Advanced Structures Allows: Increased Combat Speed and Rate of Fire Comment: -Anti-Matter Rifles Requires: Advanced Structures Allows: Battle Troopers Comment: -Triidium Processing Requires: Endurium Mining Allows: Factories can convert Endurium to Triidium Comment: -Psi Helmet Requires: Starflare Bombs and Anti-Matter Containment Allows: Boost chances of Mind Control and Mind Blast Boost defences against Mind Control and Mind Blast Comment: -Cortex Scanners Requires: Targeting Computers and Anti-Matter Containment Allows: Building Collective Tech Lab Comment: -Orbital Surveillance Requires: Targeting Computers and Proximity Detectors Allows: Improved Planet view Building Anti-Colony Assault Silo Comment: Tech Level V Cost per field: 1000 research points Cost from Skirineen: 5000 credits -Native Languages Requires: Ion Weapons Allows: View location of all Shrines Shrines produce double Resources Comment: -Vortex Emitter Requires: Ion Weapons and Power Cells Allows: Tidal Vortex Generators Comment: -Food Replication Requires: Power Cells and Anti-Matter Rifle Allows: Building Food Replicator Comment: -Assault Armor Requires: Anti-Matter Rifle Allows: Construct Assault Trooper Comment: -Disruptor Beam Requires: Triidium Processing Allows: Disruptor Cannon Comment: -Metal Replication Requires: Triidium Processing and Psi Helmet Allows: Building Replication Station Comment: -Cloaking Requires: Psi Helmet and Cortex Scanner Allows: Construct Supernova Spyjet Comment: -Anti-Matter Deflectors Requires: Cortex Scanner and Orbital Surveillance Allows: Construct Anti-Matter Defense Fort Comment: -Sub-Space Scanner Requires: Energy Deflectores Allows: Building Sub-Space Magnet Comment: Tech Level VI Cost per field: 2000 research points Cost from Skirineen: 10000 credits -Mesotronic Generator Requires: Native Languages and Vortex Emitter Allows: Building Weather Control Stations Comment: -Advanced Cloaking Requires: Food Replication and Assault Armor Allows: Perform Cloak Mission Comment: -Anti-Matter Beams Requires: Disruptor Beam and Sub-Space Scanner Allows: Construct Holocaust Cannon and Supernova Warhead Comment: -Uncloaking Requires: Sub-Space Scanner Allows: Perform Uncloak Mission Comment: Tech Level VII Cost for field: 5000 research points Cost from Skirineen: ??? -Transporters Requires: Anti-Matter Beam, Advanced Cloaking and Uncloaking Allows: Increased unit movement Transportation costs disappear Comment: Tech Level Final (VIII) Cost for field: 5000 research points Cost from Skirineen: ??? -Time Dilation Requires: All other Technologies Allows: Resource production bonus Victory! ... or eternal battle. Comment: 100 Food, 100 Energy, 100 Iron, 100 Anti-Matter Pods, 100 Electronics Parts per each colony, for each passing turn, you having the buildings to produce them or not. If this does not equal victory for you, I don't know what will!! ------------------------- 8 - Races D2 provides you several races (7) to select from, each one with its own agenda and tactics on how to accomplish that agenda. Additionally, and more important to you, each race also has particular abilities or disabilities which should be studied to know how and when to attack, at the same time that more appropriate defensive measures are created because of the disvantages of your own race. ------------------------- 8.1 - Racial abilities The racial abilities provide advantages and disvantages, these varying from race to race, which keeps them balanced and varied in the tactic that they must use to attain their objectives. These racial abilities range from everything from increased population growth, which might involve increased housing space, up to having great research ability, which passes trough the particular abilities of some units of each particular race. Of course, there are also the disadvantages. More prone to scandals, less efficient research means, all of them delivering a certain blow to the race efficiency, which might be more noticeable according to certain objectives. ------------------------- 8.1.1 - ChCh-t The insect type ChCh-T work like if a colony of ants or a hive of bees. Their numbers are large, which they attain with a good reproduction rate, to which end, their housing buildings are able to hold the double of the colonists (keep in mind that the maximum will be 4900 colonists, no matter how many housing buildings,however, your overpopulation morale penalty on a praire territory will be of only -4). Their system allows them to construct buildings with an additional 20% speeed, as well 10% faster for all units, and in addition, their units move faster although they are a bit weaker. Their Scout unit is also capable of stealing resources! The main weakness they possess is their slower research ability, which isn't a too tragic penalty, and if observed properly, it's not much of an weakness given the ChCh-T superior numbers. Perhaps you'll not have several Univesities per colony, but Tech Centers are defenietely a good option to compensate this. ------------------------- 8.1.2 - Cyth The Cyth, hated by every race, destroy their enemies with their mind powers. Perhaps their primary advantage lies within the little moving morale (80),which provides you the relief of not requiring any buildings to be working towards production of culture and perhaps even more importantly, it allows you to trade with the Skirineen with no risk. Well, there is some risk, as you are still prone to scandals (reduced rate), but, the morale hit will hardly last for over one single turn, which will let you remain in your feet with any newly aquired materials, or new injection of funds after selling some resources. This controlled morale also means that you will never have your intire population as usable workforce, which always means something, be your colony big or small, but, it'll particularly affect you on a small colony that already has a labor shortage. Their other advantages consist of, in a more generalized used, land poisoning. Their scouts have the ability to poison land, which results in only half of the Food being produced in such territory. It will hardly ever result in a large scale Food shortage, but, a unprepared faction may indeed suffer a considerable blow. The last advantage it's the Cyth's Command Corps, who are able to execute the Mind Blast. Units vulnerable to this attack may be destroyed very easily. The only disadvantage they carry, aside from the permanent loss of some workforce, it's their little ability in diplomacy. Given their mental abilities ,no race has interest in forming alliances with the Cyth. ------------------------- 8.1.3 - Humans The Humans are the "middle race", as always, being leaned more onto their economics. The prime advantages of the humans in this particular field is exactly their way of making extra income, which is done both by the increased trade rate (30% more), and increased taxes value. In addition, transportation prices between territories is also reduced, which helps maintain the colonies more cheaply. However, as a disadvantage on this field, Human armies are indeed more costly to maintain, which will make good use of every penny you are able to squish out of your colonists. Their special military ability it's the Berzerk mode. Usable only by the Marine soldiers, the Berzerk consists on the injection of toxins in a Marine's body, so that his ability in the battle field increases to a grade, however, the toxins are deadly, to the point that you will surely lose the unit at the end of the battle. Humans' other general disadvantage is the rate at which a Skirineen scandals are triggered which could result in very weakened colonies if abused. ------------------------- 8.1.4 - Maug The half mechanized Maug are excellent researchers and good military developers Main advantages on the Maug are definetely their increased research rate,which may lead them to the top of the tech tree much faster, and the increased speed with which they build their military units and the also required Electronics to some of them, allowing for some rushful overrun techniques. Like if their militaristic numbers couldn't get superior more easily, and perhaps more well armed, their Scout particular abilities are actually to sabotage enemy units and to attempt to steal technology. They, of course, also have their own set of disadvantages, however, While the fact that their infantry units are weaker may be seen as something a bit irrelevant since the mechanical ones are sturdier and will probably form the backbone of any army, what it probably can't be ignored it's how it is more difficult to keep the morale of the Maug colonists on the positive side. Bad morale leads to unhappy colonists, unhappy colonists leads to chaotic colonies, these last ones leaving you somewhat prone to a counter assault should anyone get past your defenses. ------------------------- 8.1.5 - Re'Lu The Re'Lu mental abilities allow them to see deep within your territory, and your mind. Their primary advantages consist of having an early access to all the planet data. The one who controls such faction will start making its plans early, and know precisely where to aim for, which in addition provides room for their other two advantages. First, the subvert special mission of their scout unit. They can assault a colony by hurting its morale, which may lead to the whole decayance of the colony, which is obviously bad. Secondly, their Command Coprs possess a mind control ability. If they are successful in this in the field of battle, the affected unit will switch sides for the Re'lu faction. Forever! Their only weakness is the own weakness of all their military units, leaving them vulnerable to attacks where the numbers are prevailing, given that they can only control enemy units so quickly, letting the Re'lu numbers be small as well. ------------------------- 8.1.6 - Tarth The Tarth behemoths are the kings of the battlefield. Having the most powerful units in the galaxy, the Tarth can hold their ground with great ease, and take their others' ground with not many more problems. Numbers may only be of much help against the Tarth! However, in counter weight, their ships are also of a terrible build, being sunk very easily. Although, offensively speaking, the Tarth have all supporting them. Capable of taking more Food from their farms than any other race so to feed their armies, which while being more powerful, can yet use their Juggernaut ability, allowing them to demolish buildings in the blink of an eye. The only true disadvantage they possess, it's the weak ability of their spies, due to their large size. ------------------------- 8.1.7 - Uva Mosk The independent Uva Mosk thrive in living with the nature. Their advantages are several, with disadvantages that offset them little, provided that the controller of the faction is a bit of a cheapskate. Their main advantages consist of their increased natural resource gathering ability, to which ability it's coupled their Command Corps' own special ability: The Shaman Dance. Trough this ability, there is a certain chance that a particular square of the territory where the dance is being performed turns into a special resource one, meaning a definite boot on that particular resource gathering, should one be able to take advantage of that square in some way. Other advantages are, that all their military units benefit of an increased hit ratio, which helps their numbers count in that they are most likely to score a hit and possibly a kill, but luck also acts here, so, it can only help so much. Aiding their militararisic side, all infantry units of the Mosk can act as spies. An additional advantage to the Uva Mosk are their milatary inferior maintenance costs, which is a small way to counter their singular disadvantage, being this one the fact that they collect less taxes from their colonists, due to their independent nature. ------------------------- 9 - Little tips & Little tricks ! - Know why I always mention the required technologies on units and buildings? That's because they are actually required! If for example a particular unit requires Electronic Parts but requires a different sort of technology, you could purchase the Electronics to assemble the unit. ! - Upgrading buildings costs you only labor! You don't spend money, nor any resources more than the ones invested in the original building. If you are low on either of them, or perhaps both, take the longer path and perhaps that'll help your economy later. ! - Whenever you bulldoze a building, you recover 50% of its value. Note! Its value, not original investment. Translation: A University for example uses only basic materials, and can be upgraded to a Collective Tech Lab which base value includes a more substantial amount of Iron and other things like Electronic Parts. If you bulldoze an upgraded building you'll get 50% of everything he was worth, which includes Electronic Parts that you never even used in its construction. ! - But remember! When you bulldoze a building, no matter if you used Iron, Endurim, Steel or Triidium, you'll always return the Iron value in that. Iron! ------------------------- 10 - Ending & Credits Ok, credits on this one go to: - Whoever it was that alerted me to the actual existance of a sequeal to old Deadlock, which immediatly triggered my search for it. - Accolade and Cyberlore for having worked on this little pearl. - GameFAQs for being the place that it is, that allowed me to actually confirm the existance of this game. - Myself, and my strange idea for hobby that it was to work on this FAQ. - And thanks to all of those who took their times to read all this and actually made some use out of this information.