Standard Ship and Planet List – From Stronger to Weaker

Editor’s Note: This was written to update ThinLizzy’s “Ship List – Strong to Weak” from 2014 to take into account advances like Horwasp, Emperor ships, and Quantum Torpedoes.


Dedicated to Xy”zzynnzy’Z of the Glorious Thorax. Long may it’s mandibles be sharp!

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A Guide to Knowing Mostly Everything

Gathering military intelligence in the game of Planets

When it comes to the most important aspects of Planets strategy, most players talk about diplomacy, tactics, and economy. These skills are certainly of great importance, but in this article, I would like to suggest there is a more important talent which underlies them all: gathering information.

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Here’s Johnny! – Shining the Light on Enemy Homeworlds

Be proactive

There is something terrifying about having a warship show up at your door on Turn 7. If you did not see it coming, your empire is in grave danger. At the very least, you will be crippled for a long time and have to beg for help from other players. This early-game maneuver is known as “The Headshot”, and – if it wasn’t obvious – the goal is to remove your head.

This tactic can be prevented by a variety of actions, but perhaps the strongest defense – or at least it is the boldest – is to axe down your neighbour’s door before they come calling. To do that, you need to know the location of your enemy’s homeworld. Here’s how:

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What Race Should I Play?

There are a ton of articles on ways to build a proper economy, what to do about cloakers and Ion Storms, battle tactics, and a thousand other details. But if you’re new at the game and all that seems too complicated… well, that’s because it is, at least for right now. To start you off, this might be a better question to ask: Which race should I play? Continue reading

Hearts of Space

(written by ECV)

I’m a middle-aged man, a professional with a lot of credentials.  On a daily basis I have colleagues who rely on me to get work done.  I also have a family and a social life.

Sound familiar?  My story is pretty typical of a Planets player.  In getting to know my allies and opponents in the game, I’ve quickly learned that Planets players are the cream Continue reading

All Available Mods for Planets.Nu

(archived: written by dtolman)

Planets.nu itself allows users to modify their experience with custom scripts, which can add new features, options, automation, and visualizations to your VGA experience. To run a mod, you first need to install greasemonkey or tampermonkey (see: Installing Mods with Planets.nu).

The table is broken up into two groups – newer Mods that should work with the standard Continue reading