In depth but you get a better overall grasp with the condensed format first.
At the beginning of the game you have 1 planet of your own color (the space is color coded) and 5 points.
Each turn consists of 4 main sections. Complete orders for each section are submitted (transmitted) then all orders are processed at the same time for that section. In the case of combat, a new combat round with new odds etc. will begin as long as any possible combats remain.
A buffer is used to store orders
until you transmit them - clear this buffer by reloading the
page - you can transmit partial orders and transmit more.
Combat is a
store then transmit for each location step-thru process each round.
--Collect 1-5 points per planet owned depending on color (your color = 5, 2 closest colors = 4, gray = 3, 2 semi-opposite colors = 2, far side color = 1),
A - Economic (MAINTENANCE and CONSTRUCTION)
Example: for the red player:
--followed by scrap orders (ships not scrapped cost 1 point each to maintain),
--then repair orders (1 point repairs 1 point damage) as desired and you can afford,
--then you can order any ships not being repaired to hide (damage the ship system to go dark - dark ships are out of play until repaired but must be maintained),
--and finally any build orders are submitted - can build at any owned planet - unused points are saved
All ships also have a system unit - if damaged the ship goes dark.
All non-dark ships have a sensor range of 1 space.
Only ships can see or detect other ships. Planets are blind.
A sensor unit gives a 2 space sensor range instead of just a single space.
Multifire (fire multi) allows 1 shot per weapon instead of just a single shot.
A Terraformer must have undamaged terraforming to change a planet's color.
Slip and Jump are required for slipstream and jump movement.
Drive determines number of warps and/or jumps and slipstream range.
Weapons determine odds in combat and also affect multifire shots.
Armor must be gone before other units are damaged in combat.
When the final orders are transmitted all are processed and maps and paperwork update with the new information.
When final player finishes submitting orders and triggers order processing, that player will then see the following result or action panel.
All other player displays will advance from WAITING ON OPPONENTS to the following result or action panel on their next page access or reload.
When you are WAITING ON OPPONENTS the blank black button (below the transmit buttons) will change to an Activate Auto Mode button.
Auto Mode is automatic page reload every 10 seconds while still WAITING ON OPPONENTS.
B - Movement
Moves are ordered as a series of segments. An encounter with a stationary non-allied ship at the end of any segment ends movement for that ship.
--Ships already in an encounter cannot move. Ships that have no drive units cannot move. Ships that do not move are stationary.
--If a ship is ordered to move with no change in position it is still "moving" rather than stationary.
Dark ships (hidden, damaged system) cannot move but are dark rather than stationary.
Drive units - Each drive unit can power 1 jump or 1 warp. Slipstream range is 1 space per drive unit
- a ship uses slipstream as the first move segment followed by any warp segments.
Ships with jump drives can order any mixture of warps and jumps.
Slipstream and Warp are vector plus distance with warp distance always being 1.
Vectors are a board direction plus a vertical component.
Vector selection uses symbols for board direction and vertical movement.
A Jump from any space moves to a fixed (randomly predetermined for each war and location) space and lists the jump in your charts.
Jumps are one way, not reciprocal. The space you jump into has its own jump outof destination.
The ❎ just left of Economic Points is a link to the Lobby page.
When all players have entered final move orders the moves are processed and the Navigation Log will display.
The Navigation Log will be blank if no ships moved.
If a ship attempts to move off the map that move will show Invalid in the log and movement ends.
--- vertical levels of map go from -9 to 9
If a ship encounters a Stationary non-Dark enemy ship that move will show Static Encounter and movement ends.
Combat begins when final player is finished with the Navigation Log.
C - Combat
You attack with the combined weapons power of all your target's enemies and defend with all the weapons power of your attacker's enemies that are present in a combat.
Attacker enemies AE and target enemies TE with chance to hit as TE / (AE+TE).
The number of shots you fire depend on your ships and can be allocated among any available targets. All shots must be fired.
Each ship that has a weapon gets 1 shot.
A cruiser or basestar with undamaged multifire gets 1 shot per weapon unit (these are the only ships with more than 1 weapon unit).
Shots that hit damage armor first and after any armor is reduced to 0 damage a random remaining unit on the target ship.
All damage is applied each round. Each hit removes a unit from the target ship so the next hit removes one of the remaining units.
A drive of 2 is actually 2 drive units with weapons and armor being similar while system, sensors, and such are all single units.
1 hit = 1 point damage = 1 unit taken out.
Units that affect combat capability are weapons, armor, multifire, and system.
All ships have a system unit and if it is damaged the ship goes Dark and vanishes to all other players until repaired.
This is same as hiding a ship during the economic portion of the turn and is an Achilles' heel for all ships.
(If weapons and drive both reach 0 the ship is destroyed and vanishes.)
Damaged multifire limits number of shots that ship can make to 1 per round instead of 1 per weapon.
If weapons are reduced to 0 a ship becomes just another target and cannot fire any shots.
Other units are non-combat capabilities: Slip and Jump units, Sensor unit which extends sensor range by 1 space,
Drive units that can keep a weaponless ship still around as a target but have no other combat effect,
and Terraforming units which determine whether a Terraformer that remained stationary can change a planet's color.
In combat these units give the important units things to hide out amongst.
After all players have transmitted orders for all ongoing combats, combat is resolved and reports generated.
On the first combat round all players with non-Dark ships in a combat space with enemy non-Dark ships will see firing options.
On successive rounds players with 0 shots at enemies will not see firing options.
Combat reports are generated at end of each round for players who had a non-Dark ship in the combat space regardless of combat participation.
After all reports are seen the round is complete and either another round or ownership come next.
After each combat round a new combat round will begin as long as possible combats remain.
When no combats remain planet ownerships will update for the final section of the turn.
Planet ownerships change according to ship locations and weapon strengths.
A weapon strength of more than 0 is required to take over a planet. Dark ships do not count.
Unowned - goes to highest weapon total or nobody if a tie.
Owned - goes to highest enemy if not a tie, unchanged if ally or owner is highest or tied for highest, becomes unowned if enemies are tied for highest.
D - EcoPolitical
Every owned planet where the owner has a stationary (did not move this turn) terraformer with an undamaged terraforming unit will change color
1 step closer to the owner's color if not already matching.
Terraforming is automatic to go from 2 to 3 points (that would be going gray) and from 4 to 5 points (your own color).
Where you have a choice of 2 colors (the 2 point and the 4 point colors) you can pick either one.
Each player submits alliance settings as a yes/no for each other player.
If 2 players have each other set as yes they are allies for the following turn.
If either has the other set as no then they are not allies.
The alliance setting options appear with current alliances already set to yes.
After all players transmit alliance settings actual alliances are determined, information updated, and the next turn begins
Allies do not fire at each other in combat and they do not add to enemies weapon factor in combat calculations.
A stationary ally will not interrupt movement. Ally fleet locations show on the game map (but not Dark ships).
Dark ships that survive combat can be repaired to pin the other fleet in place. An annoying strategic/tactical trick that deserves mention.
Game Setup - Starting a War
Whoever knows the Mod password creates a war. When all done fighting a war the Mod can delete it. Mod can also resign a player from a war.
Players join the war (select war, select color, and make a password) which puts them on the player lobby page logged in
- they can make a shortcut to the lobby page already logged into the war.
The player lobby page can open chat in a new tab. You enter the game (the map page) from the lobby and e❎it the game to the lobby.
A player can resign themselves from a war on the lobby page.
Those pictures up above are HTML character codes displayed in a 20px font-size.
If you see them as black on grey (text color on background) you might be using Explorer as a browser. Firefox users see pretty colors.
HTML character codes can be used in the Chat / Message board in the game.
- see websitebuilders.com/tools/html-codes
But it sure looks better in Firefox than it does in Explorer for the character codes with built-in colors.