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Kohr-Ah killing everyone
« on: March 25, 2005, 06:30:01 pm »

The Kohr-Ah are moving through the galaxy killing everyone.  I assume I've lost this game and must start over.  What did I do wrong?  Did I take too long in game time?  Did I do something to "trigger" this event?  What should I try different next time?
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Re: Kohr-Ah killing everyone
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2005, 06:34:10 pm »

You took too long. You've got 4 years, and can get 1 year extension.
Don't spend too much time gathering resources, and only collect what's worth the trip. And don't leave the game unpaused when you're away from your computer.
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2005, 08:13:48 pm »

in one version the melrome would tell you the time limit.
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2005, 11:45:20 pm »

There is a time limit (Duh, everyone else just said that), but here's some advice when you began the next game:  

Use the Melnorme trader a bit more.  I buy almost all my fuel from him.  He sells information, but I like exploring. Sure you won't be getting much tech. upgrades, but you don't need a dreadnought to win the game.  By doing this, you save money for fuel and men at the starbase.

Explore the galaxy.  There will be some hostile alien species, but the ones that aren't will help a lot.  Allies will give you items (hint: important), blueprints and pilots for their ships. This is a start on the way to win the game.  
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2005, 06:40:00 am »

This has got me bummed.  I waited for months for this game to come out back in the early 90's.  I played it in college but couldnt win it because my monitor wasnt working properly.  Forgot about the game until recently then started playing again.  I didnt think I was wasteing too much time.  I had a few allies but I needed a few more.  I got the superbomb from the Utwig, but didnt know what to do with it.  And just when the game was getting really good the Kohr ah start their rampage.  Perhaps I need to set up what Ive done and do it all again faster.  Im kinda pissed now.  Ive been trying to win this game for over 10 years now!! Angry
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2005, 10:24:01 am »

Don't let the game defeat you. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2005, 11:38:43 am »

the game isn't over unless they kill them all. in some ways they help you win the game faster (note:samatra will be harder though).
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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2005, 11:54:31 pm »

I've never tried to defeat the Sa-Matra when the Ur-Quan start killing everyone.  Does it move around in the middle of the Koh-ra circle?
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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2005, 03:26:01 am »

No, the sa-matra stays put.
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2005, 01:14:30 pm »

Is it possible to extend that limit through some config file or do you have to fix the source and recompile?

To me that is the biggest design flaw of the game. Its the reason I stopped playing it years ago. I was thinking of giving the game another chance in case its easily fixable.

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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2005, 08:02:12 pm »

It is - but its buried in the forums somewhere...  :-/

Anyway - this post is here to encourage you to try it again. If you do it right - you have about 5 years before the Kohr-Ah start killing everyone. Once you beat the game with the time limit - I am sure you will never think of taking it off again.
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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2005, 11:10:28 pm »

plus you can extend it ingame.
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2005, 04:18:08 am »

^^^^

That's right.  Two of the races you meet will help you out after you help them, thus giving you an extra year before the Kohr-Ah start slaughtering everyone.  If you play carefully and cherry-pick your planets (don't bother with any that have tectonics or weather higher than 3 unless it's loaded with radioactive/exotic materials), you should have plenty of time to beat the game even without the extension.
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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2005, 07:51:24 am »

There's a hostile territory near the Sol system where you start. It is completely loaded with resources and enemies. If you can keep yourself from getting surrounded, you can get rich very quickly.
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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2005, 11:42:50 pm »

Or you can get surrounded and salvage the wrecks of enemy ships after you burst yourself out of the siege.
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