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                                   TACHYON: THE FRINGE
    
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    Tachyon FAQ (PC)
    Written by: Orochi K
    E-mail: kartelkertra <at> caramail <dot> com
    v Final - April 29, 2002
    
    
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                                      DISCLAIMER
    
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     Copyright 2001-2002, Orochi K. This FAQ is for personal use only. Do not 
     distribute it or use it for profitable purposes. If you want to post 
     this FAQ on a website, contact me first and send me a link to your site.
     Plagiarism is a crime, just ask. I have no objection on my FAQ being posted 
     on someone else's website but you must give credit  where it is due. Also, 
     please keep in mind that under no circumstances, are you allowed to make any
     changes to this FAQ! It must remain as it is and moreover, you are not 
     allowed to rip off part(s) of this FAQ to put in another one.
     
     Tachyon: The Fringe is copyright NovaLogic.
     
    
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                                    REVISION HISTORY
    
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             Version 1.0 on April 23, 2001.
               - Ships Guide complete.
               - Completed all Bora Missions.
               - Completed HINTS AND TIPS Section.
    
             Version 1.1 on April 24, 2001.
               - Completed first 8 Galspan Missions.
               - Corrected a few mistakes.
               - Added a few misc stuff.
    
             Version 1.2 on April 25, 2001.
               - Completed all missions.
               - FAQ complete.
    
             Version 1.3 on April 26, 2001.
               - Corrected various mistakes.
               - Added hints.
    
             Final Version on May 26, 2001.
               - Last revision.
    
             Final Version on April 29, 2002.
               - E-mail change!
     
             
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                                    FAQ/WALKTHROUGH
    
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      This FAQ only contains the best way to finish the missions and as quickly
      as possible. I've also tried to include how to get the best weapons but I'm
      pretty sure I've missed certain of them. I haven't included the first 
      missions because these are pretty straightforward. Instead, I've only 
      covered the ones which will take you to the end of the game and during 
      which the plot evolves. 
    
    
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                                    SHIPS GUIDE
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            |||||||||||||||||||||| GALSPAN SHIPS ||||||||||||||||||||||
    
    
                       _______________________________________               
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                      |               ARCHANGEL               |
                      |_______________________________________|          
                      |                                       |
                      |         MAXIMUM SPEED   :   6         |       
                      |                                       |
                      |         ACCELERATION    :   6         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         PERFORMANCE     :   6         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         ENERGY          :   5         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         HULL            :   5         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         SHIELD          :   7         |
                      |_______________________________________|
    
    
    
    
                       _______________________________________               
                      |                                       |
                      |                 ORION                 |
                      |_______________________________________|          
                      |                                       |
                      |         MAXIMUM SPEED   :   5         |       
                      |                                       |
                      |         ACCELERATION    :   6         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         PERFORMANCE     :   5         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         ENERGY          :   5         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         HULL            :   4         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         SHIELD          :   6         |
                      |_______________________________________|
    
    
    
    
                       _______________________________________               
                      |                                       |
                      |                 PEGASUS               |
                      |_______________________________________|          
                      |                                       |
                      |         MAXIMUM SPEED   :   7         |       
                      |                                       |
                      |         ACCELERATION    :   7         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         PERFORMANCE     :   7         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         ENERGY          :   4         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         HULL            :   2         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         SHIELD          :   6         |
                      |_______________________________________|
    
    
    
    
    
                       _______________________________________               
                      |                                       |
                      |                 PHOENIX               |
                      |_______________________________________|          
                      |                                       |
                      |         MAXIMUM SPEED   :   4         |       
                      |                                       |
                      |         ACCELERATION    :   5         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         PERFORMANCE     :   4         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         ENERGY          :   5         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         HULL            :   7         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         SHIELD          :   6         |
                      |_______________________________________|
    
    
    
    
                       _______________________________________               
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                      |                POSEIDON               |
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                      |         MAXIMUM SPEED   :   4         |       
                      |                                       |
                      |         ACCELERATION    :   4         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         PERFORMANCE     :   4.5       |
                      |                                       |
                      |         ENERGY          :   6         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         HULL            :   5         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         SHIELD          :   5         |
                      |_______________________________________|
    
    
    
              |||||||||||||||||||||| BORA SHIPS ||||||||||||||||||||||
    
    
    
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                      |                BATTLEAXE              |
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                      |                                       |
                      |         MAXIMUM SPEED   :   6         |       
                      |                                       |
                      |         ACCELERATION    :   6         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         PERFORMANCE     :   6         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         ENERGY          :   7         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         HULL            :   8         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         SHIELD          :   6         |
                      |_______________________________________|
    
    
    
    
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                      |                CLAYMORE               |
                      |_______________________________________|          
                      |                                       |
                      |         MAXIMUM SPEED   :   4         |       
                      |                                       |
                      |         ACCELERATION    :   5         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         PERFORMANCE     :   4         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         ENERGY          :   4.5       |
                      |                                       |
                      |         HULL            :   11        |
                      |                                       |
                      |         SHIELD          :   5         |
                      |_______________________________________|
    
    
    
    
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                      |                 CUTLASS               |
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                      |                                       |
                      |         MAXIMUM SPEED   :   5         |       
                      |                                       |
                      |         ACCELERATION    :   5         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         PERFORMANCE     :   5         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         ENERGY          :   5.5       |
                      |                                       |
                      |         HULL            :   5         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         SHIELD          :   5         |
                      |_______________________________________|
    
    
    
    
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                      |                  MACE                 |
                      |_______________________________________|          
                      |                                       |
                      |         MAXIMUM SPEED   :   7         |       
                      |                                       |
                      |         ACCELERATION    :   7         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         PERFORMANCE     :   6.5       |
                      |                                       |
                      |         ENERGY          :   5         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         HULL            :   6         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         SHIELD          :   6         |
                      |_______________________________________|
    
    
    
    
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                      |               WARHAMMER               |
                      |_______________________________________|          
                      |                                       |
                      |         MAXIMUM SPEED   :   5         |       
                      |                                       |
                      |         ACCELERATION    :   5         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         PERFORMANCE     :   5.5       |
                      |                                       |
                      |         ENERGY          :   6         |
                      |                                       |
                      |         HULL            :   10        |
                      |                                       |
                      |         SHIELD          :   5         |
                      |_______________________________________|
    
    
    
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                                     WALKTHROUGH
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      |      BORA MISSIONS     |
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      MISSION 1: Go forward until you are in the Independence section. Some ships
                 will come out and you need to protect these. When the Integrity
                 shows up, continue fending off the enemy vessels but as soon as
                 your shield is low, get out of here. Don't shoot at the turrets
                 on the big vessel. If you do so, they will aim at you and you
                 are no match for them. When you're done, go back to Alpha and
                 re-enter it. Once you've done this, you're officially a member
                 of Bora and you'll be rewarded with the CUTLASS.
    
     
      MISSION 2: First, equip yourself with fairly strong weapons such as lasers 
                 and rockets. You will be attacked by mines. Use your rockets to
                 destroy these. Once they're all destroyed, hang on to get some
                 info from McLean. Return to the base afterwards.
    
     
      MISSION 3: Go to the industrial sector until you see a small cinematic. You
                 must then find a mine and destroy it. If you manage to destroy 
                 it, all the others will stop shooting at you. Now, go to the 
                 base for an item and go past Alpha until you see the Tycho Brahe.
                 Go to it and watch the door being repaired before returning to
                 Alpha.
    
    
      MISSION 4: Go through the door. Fly as close as you can to the station and
                 locate the powerplant. Destroy it. Once it's destroyed, you'll
                 be attacked. Then, go to the Alpha door and jump in when the
                 Artemis shows up. Be quick or you will be killed. Return to the
                 base afterwards.
    
       
      MISSION 5: Go the the industrial sector to station Drake and you'll get the
                 pack. Go to Wrecktown and you'll be attacked. Deal with those 
                 first (you may get a bonus from one of them). Once the battle is
                 over, use Wrecktown to return to the base. You'll change sector
                 as from here.
    
      
      MISSION 6: Go towards Onrald's Barony. When you're approached by bandits,
                 go through the door (the one which is not guarded!. You'll see
                 another 2 bandits, destroy them. You'll again see a whole bunch
                 of ships which you need to destroy. After the battle, take the
                 Laser Core and go back through the door. There are 2 more bandits
                 in here. Destroy them before returning to the base.
    
    
      MISSION 7: Go towards Venture and destroy the powerplants there. When you
                 spot the Laser Core (the Valiant will release it), take it.
                 Then, return to the base.
    
      
      MISSION 8: Go to the station after Point. When you pass through Skav, you'll
                 see a vehicle under attack. Help it by destroying the bandits for
                 a bonus.
    
    
      MISSION 9: Return to Bora to accept this mission. Go past the 2 first zones
                 until you reach Portcullis. Go to the door. You should see the 
                 Orpheus along with an escort. Take out the escort first. Be 
                 careful not to go near the Orpheus because of the turrets. Once
                 you've eliminated the escort, go into the Orpheus until you reach
                 the engine. Ther is a computer inside which you msut destroy. 
                 Return to the base afterwards.
    
      
     MISSION 10: Go into the first and second sector to verify the buoys. Once
                 you've done this, return to your original location and stay 
                 there. After some time, you'll be attacked by 6 vessels. 
                 Destroy these and you'll complete the mission. It is a quite
                 tough battle but you should make it through, just keep an eye
                 on your shield.
    
    
     MISSION 11: Go on until you see some asteroids. You'll also see Orion with 
                 an escort. Destroy only the escort but be careful of the 
                 destroyers, they will kill you in an instant. Once the escort
                 is destroyed, attack the 2 main ships. You must be very quick
                 though because they will try to go away. Once they're gone
                 (either way), return to the base.
    
    
     MISSION 12: Go through the first area and you'll be attacked by Demons. Don't
                 try to fight them, just accelerate and get out of here as soon
                 as you can. Once you've gotten ou of the region, you'll see they
                 are still behind you. You can now destroy them. You will be 
                 attacked by a couple more Demons, so take care of these too. Now,
                 locate the white laser and take it. Go through the door into the
                 next region and go on until you can return to the base. Don't try
                 to fight here, you will most certainly lose.
    
    
     MISSION 13: Note that you need the EMP in this mission. You won't be able to
                 complete it if you don't have it. When you see the ship, use it
                 to take care of its escort, don't destroy them!! You will now
                 be chased by 2 ships, destroy them. Now, go to the main ship
                 and remain on it for your new destination. Get away from it when
                 it enters in hyper-space and give it to Malkar so that you can
                 return to the base for your money.
    
    
     MISSION 14: You must take Nolt Lieber in this mission. Go on and destroy the 
                 ships you'll see eventually. Here, Nolt will talk to the people
                 and convince them to join forces with you. Once he's talked to 
                 them, the mission is over.
                 (If you don't take Nolt with you, you will have to fight a huge
                 number of enemies and this is very tough. You will also recieve
                 much money, so it isn't worth it!)
    
    
     MISSION 15: Go through the first sectors and examine the buoys. Keep going
                 forward until you are in Mercy. Here, you'll be attacked by 
                 a bunch of chasers. Just destroy them and go back to Freedom
                 to complete this mission. It's that simple!
    
    
     MISSION 16: You have to buy a radiation screen before. When you begin, go 
                 forward until you meet the professor. Go onto his path to take
                 the scanner and go towards Dusk. There will be violet arrows to
                 guide you here, just follow thel. You'll eventually see 3 sites.
                 Go onto each one for a scanner and return to the base.
    
    
     MISSION 17: Go on to Champion and destroy the Galspan ships there. You'll 
                 again be attacked, just keep on killing the units as they come.
                 Return to the base when it's over.
    
    
     MISSION 18: Take the EW with you (essential for this mission). When you see
                 the drones, fly between them towards the door. Take the item on
                 the way. Go through the door when it opens ane return to the 
                 base.
    
    
     MISSION 19: Go towards Ripping and you'll be attacked there. Destroy all of
                 them and you'll meet Susan Bradley. When she shows up, stay close
                 to the ship and continue shooting at the enemies to complete the 
                 mission.
    
    
     MISSION 20: The final mission. Protect the Delivrance here. Don't worry, the
                 other Bora ships will help you. When you can attack the Hephaetus,
                 do so. Keep attacking it until it loses its shield. Once you've
                 achieved this, keep shooting at it while avoiding the turret's
                 attacks. You'll eventually defeat it and complete the mission.
    
    
    
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      |    GALSPAN MISSIONS    |
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      MISSION 1: Go to the Independence zone until you see 3 ships. Destroy them.
                 Another ship will then appear and you'll need to destroy that one
                 too. When it's over, return to the base.
    
    
      MISSION 2: Destroy the Cutlass, there is a couple of them. Then go towards
                 Farsight. When you see Burrow, shoot at it quickly and fly near 
                 it for the scanner. Next, destroy the plant until Valor Wing
                 shows up. You now need to fight Valor Wing (be careful of your 
                 shiled). Go back to the base when it's over.
    
    
      MISSION 3: Go towards Neureus. You'll be attacked there. Destroy the
                 Battleaxes as quickly as possible. And return to the base. You
                 don't need to fight the Cutlass except for the money.
    
    
      MISSION 4: Make sure you have EMP missiles and lasers first. Go to where
                 you'll see the drones but don't shoot at them yet! Instead, go
                 near Lakita and use your EMP on her. When you've done this, you
                 can now destroy all the drones and return to the base.
    
    
      MISSION 5: Go to Malkar's Barony. You'll see a vessel here. You can chase it
                 and attack it if you want but it's not necessary. Return to the
                 base once you've done.
    
    
      MISSION 6: There's a neat trick to complete this mission quickly. Just remain
                 near the Cephius all the time as it destroys your enemies' shields
                 and makes things more easier for you. In the first sector, shoot
                 at those which come towards you. You don't have to bother about 
                 the others, they'll destroy each other. Be quick in destroying
                 the Warhammers if you don't wanna die. The mission is complete
                 once the Cephius has taken all the Ripstars. You can now return 
                 to the base.
    
    
      MISSION 7: Wait for the orders to go in the zone with the satellites. Destroy
                 these and go forward where there'll be a bunch of Warhammers.
                 Fight them and the mission's over.
    
    
      MISSION 8: When you reach Aquila, destroy the escort and go onto it. You'll
                 then receive orders to desactivate Demeter. From here, go to the
                 next zone and attack the powerplant. You'll now need to stop
                 Demeter who's trying to get away. You don't need to catch it
                 but I think you get more money if you do so. Return to the base
                 for your money in either case.
    
    
      MISSION 9: First of all, beware of the Bora vessels there. I nearly died
                 when they suddenly decided to attack me. You'll see a fight 
                 going on, join them but be careful on the way! At one point,
                 a couple of Warhammers will show up (don't worry, you'll hear 
                 them first). When you go towards them, they will try to get 
                 away. You need to be very quick or you won't catch up with 
                 them. Then, you can help the others destroy the bandits although I
                 don't see the point in doing this. Either way, return to the 
                 base.
    
    
     MISSION 10: Go forward until you come across the buoys and the asteroids.
                 Here, you'll obtain the KC2 crystal which is one of your mission
                 objectives. Be careful of the Ripstar though while you are
                 inspecting it, use the post-combustion to avoid its attraction.
                 When you're done, return to Canopus and destroy all the Daggers.
                 Release the crystal when they've all been destroyed and return 
                 the base.
    
     
     MISSION 11: Take a lot of EMP missiles first if you want to succeed. Now, go
                 to Onrald's Barony. You will see the Alexander vessel. Destroy
                 its shields and desactive it with an EMP missile before moving
                 on. You'll see the Manacle which is being attacked, protect it
                 and destroy the other ships. You can then retunr to the base.
    
     
     MISSION 12: This one is the easiest of the lot. You main objective is to 
                 escort Aquarius. Just stick to it and destroy the enemies along
                 the way. Don't ever leave it alone and you should make it through
                 without much difficulty.
    
    
     MISSION 13: Pretty much like Mission 12 except that you msut escort 6 pirates
                 this time. However, they'll attack you when you're out of the 
                 sector; destroy them and return to the base.
    
     
     MISSION 14: Go through Swarm until you reach Silicon. Locate the radars and
                 destroy them until you get a message stating you've destroyed the
                 one which controlled the drones. Take a drone quicky and get out
                 of the zone. If you stay in the region too much, the drones will
                 explode. Return to the base.
    
     
     MISSION 15: There are 3 ships and you need to know which one is the spy first.
                 Well, the one you should aim for is the Quasar. There is a Cargo
                 near it; take it quickly and get out of here. Everyone will shoot
                 at you and you're no match for them (do I really have to tell you
                 this!!?). Then, return to the base.
    
     
     MISSION 16: Locate Fortitude. Your objective is to destroy it. To do this,
                 first destroy the generator beneath it and your task will be 
                 much simpler. Then, simply unload all your ammo on it to destroy
                 it and the mission will be over.
    
    
     MISSION 17: Stay near the 3 buoys until other ships arrive. Among them is the
                 Cerberus which you need to protect. Once it's over and Cerberus
                 goes on, return to the base.
    
    
     MISSION 18: The final mission and a very tough one indeed!! Take a lot of
                 missiles with you, you won't go far without them...When the
                 Hephaestus is attacked, protect it. Stay near it for good results.
                 When the Bora ships back off, go to the next zone to Liberty.
                 Take Bradley with you and get off quickly or you'll explode with
                 everything else. Return to Draconis Ripstar and avoid the enemies.
                 You can fight them if you want but it's only a waste of time and
                 you run the risk of being shot down if you do so. Go onto Zeus
                 and the mission will be complete. You've just beaten the whole
                 game!!
    
    
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                                   HINTS AND TIPS
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      Below are certain tips which should help you throughout the game:
    
      - Try to master all the weapons, Each one is useful in its own way and you'll
        need all of them throughout the missions.
    
      - In the missions where neutral vessels become your enemies afterwards, you
        can do the following to avoid fighting them. Just put mines on them while
        they are still neutral. This way, you just have to trigger the mines when
        they start attacking you.
    
      - The fights in the Arena enable you to earn a lot of money. Don't forget
        about these if you want better weapons and ships.
    
      - Don't waste your ammunition. Certain ships can be easily destroyed using
        your lasers, use those instead.
    
      - The destroyers are very strong. Avoid them at all costs and don't ever
        think of fighting against them, you don't stand a chance.
    
      - Try and take part in the special battles, you'll earn a lot of money which
        will enable you to acquire more weapons and vessels.
    
      - When fighting against a large group of enemies and your shield turns low,
        try to hide or run away until it charges up again. Engaging such a battle
        with little or no shield is pointless!
    
      - Do not waste your missiles on lone enemies, you will desperately need 
        them if a group of enemies show up.
    
    
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                                    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
    
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      Special thanks go to:
     
      - NovaLogic       <www.novalogic.co.uk>
          For creating this great game.
    
      - GameFAQS        <www.gamefaqs.com>
          For posting this guide. 
    
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                              Copyright 2001-2002, Orochi K. All rights reserved.

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