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Rookie questions
« on: September 19, 2004, 12:38:07 am »

- Can auto-pilot sequences be skipped? They're quite boring, you should be able to simply jump to destination, if nothing happens along the way...
- Is there a way to "buy" crew, just like fuel?
- Earthquakes are easy to avoid, but lightning and flames seem so... unavoidable. Are they just a matter of luck?

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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2004, 12:48:32 am »

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- Can auto-pilot sequences be skipped? They're quite boring, you should be able to simply jump to destination, if nothing happens along the way...

No, but you may find other ways to speed up travel.

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- Is there a way to "buy" crew, just like fuel?

Yes, in the shipyard section of the starbase.

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- Earthquakes are easy to avoid, but lightning and flames seem so... unavoidable. Are they just a matter of luck?

Lightning and flames are hard to avoid, but not impossible. If a planet is too dangerous, you should consider not landing on it.
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2004, 05:51:13 am »

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- Can auto-pilot sequences be skipped? They're quite boring, you should be able to simply jump to destination, if nothing happens along the way...


Who on Earth would skip the wonderful hyperspace travels? That music rocks. Grin

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Lightning and flames are hard to avoid, but not impossible. If a planet is too dangerous, you should consider not landing on it.


A good example is Venus; it's full of worthless minerals and it's climate ranking is 8. 8 equals death.
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Re: Rookie questions
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2004, 09:59:36 am »

I remember practically every time I play, I take one look at venus and say....**** that =p
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2004, 11:13:52 pm »

In regards to the first question, no, they can't be skipped.  Mainly because while you're travelling through hyperspace, there's a chance you'll encounter other ships, even if you're not within another alien's "territory".  And the game wants to give you the option to avoid other ships, which you can usually see approaching.
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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2004, 06:32:40 am »

Also, you CAN dodge hotspots, though it is hard. Lightning however, is unavoidable.
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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2004, 06:39:06 am »

I know how to read planet statistics...
I meant how to evade those hazard AFTER you've landed.
Lightning and starting flames seem to be istantaneous, so there's no way to avoid them... or?
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2004, 06:40:12 am »

Well, for hot-spots, the best thing is to keep moving. Also, get the upgrade for speed and fire-resistance as soon as you can. (from the melnorme)
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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2004, 04:37:44 pm »

If only a back pedal key existed...
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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2004, 02:22:05 am »

Yes, reverse speed would be useful Smiley
Another question: planet orbits have different colors, does it have a useful meaning?
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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2004, 04:31:51 am »

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Another question: planet orbits have different colors, does it have a useful meaning?

Yes, ask the commander and he will tell you a story about bananas(with meaning ofcourse).
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« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2004, 02:03:02 pm »

He said planet orbits, not planets themselves...

Planets with orange and red orbits are very hot, expect hotspots on their surface. Planets with green orbits have surface temperature very close to that on Earth, and therefore many of them can support life. Planets with grey orbits are much colder than Earth, and planets with blue orbits are the coldest.
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« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2004, 02:14:41 pm »

So THATS why every planet in a supergiant system is orange...
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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2004, 06:22:00 pm »

From Hayes:

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An old miner once told me you could tell the relative quality of a planet's minerals
based on the planet's color as seen from space. To remember the color sequence from good to bad
the miner had a mnemonic that went something like
Very Young Orangutans Could Grow Bananas, Perhaps Rather Well.
It is also the case that mineral yields will be better at hotter stars.
Temperature is related to the size and color of a star.
Red stars are coolest, then orange, yellow, green, blue, and the hottest stars are white.
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« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2004, 02:00:00 am »

Thanks for the orbit tips, however i see many planets with temperature under -200° support life! Cheesy
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