Minefields: Behind the Host

The first article all about minefields sure was exciting, was it not? If you haven’t read it please take a look at The Nine Attributes of Space Mines. This second article in this three-part series delves deep into the host order for any minefield related host actions. The objective is that with the first two articles in the series complete, the ground work will be laid for the third article to discuss more advanced minefield topics. Veterans out there may want to give this article at least a skim, you never know Continue reading

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The Nine Attributes of Space Mines

Welcome to this first article in a three-part series discussing an oftentimes not well-understood subject in Planets: the lowly minefield. This series of articles is intended to cover major subjects for minefields. This first article introduces the minefield, outlines its major characteristics, gives guidance on how one may consider moving through a minefield, explains the minefield limit, and finally describes the relationship between a minefield and that scourge of the Echo Cluster, the ion storm. This article is directed toward Continue reading

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Tow Mission and Tow Conflict Resolution

STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT THE TRACTOR BEAM
Written by ECV in 2013

Every ship with two or more engines has the capability of towing any other ship. Wow! This is so useful!  You can tow around your own ships to save on fuel or to economize on engines.  Towing can also be used to minimize risk in minefields and for countless other logistical bonuses.

Guess what?  The tractor beam can also be a frightening weapon.  You might want to tow an enemy ship somewhere and attack it or capture it.  Or you could tow an enemy ship for someone else to attack it.  You can pit players against each other and create chaos in the cluster using the tow mission.

Maybe you’ve figured out how to tow enemy ships away and exploited this to great advantage.  It’s really great fun, isn’t it?  But it’s not so much fun when you are on the receiving Continue reading

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Maximizing Efficiency in Collaborative Play

Successful players generally must collaborate with others in the sector in one way or another, whether through alliances, intelligence agreements, trading agreements, or collaborations toward a common goal.  This article will give you some tips on how to make your collaborations as efficient as possible.

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