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

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Hearts of Space

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

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All Available Mods for Planets.Nu

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

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Installing Mods with Planets.nu

Did you know that the planets.nu site supports the use of javascript mods to enhance your VGA Planets experience? The steps to installing a mod are simple – just follow along:

First – are you running Firefox or Chrome? Depending on the version you need to install a different add-on for your web browser – Greasemonkey (Firefox) or Tampermonkey (Chrome)

If you already have these installed on your browser, feel free to Continue reading

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Where Are The Docs?

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.

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Getting Started – The First Turn

Written by: ECV

The first few turns are extremely important in VGA Planets.  This post will give you an outline of what you can do on the very first turn to get the best possible start.

When you open your first turn on Nu, you will immediately own three things.

(1)  One planet.  This is your homeworld.  Its climate will be the ideal temperature for your race’s growth.  That is, the temperature will be 50 degrees unless you are playing the Continue reading

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Understanding the ship types

With the campaign upgrade at Planets.Nu we now have about 200 different ship classes available to build. Only a few players with an elephant memory know each and every ship and can tell you about the strengths and weaknesses of this specific design. But there is another way to easily understand the different ship types. This little guide shows, what Tim Wisseman had in mind, when he designed and named the ships in Planets 3.x

The starship types Tim used are derivates from a range of ships types that have been in military use until the mid of the 20th century – and partly are until today. These ship types Continue reading

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