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.
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:
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 →
Every Planets player has had these moments in which you are playing a game with or against someone who can be considered an expert. Every tactic you are planning to use seems to be useless because he already has the perfect counter. If you want to beat those Continue reading →
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 →
As notoriously complicated and difficult as VGA Planets is, one of the major barriers to learning is the lack of a user manual or a straightforward tutorial. This is a common complaint both from new and seasoned players. Many of the difficulties in the documentation have resulted from the long and colorful history of the game itself. An understanding of the history and development of the game will help you to understand why the documentation is incomplete and of uneven quality.
This article also will help you to know where to go to find good information and give a bit of insight into our future vision of Planets Mag.