Strategy for winning: Focus 100% on farms (while keeping threat under 8%). Once your reach the next age... continue to farm. Next age... continue to farm. Then, by the time you reach the final age, you have enough population to start mega-focusing on production. I won normal in year 2480 while screwing up a lot with only 77 worshippers (one of my screw ups was to make them and the temple). The only techs you need really are farming (dump it all), population cap, and a bit of production & strength (to get the soldiers into the farms). Then, in the last age, switch your massive population into production and whip out the pyramid in a matter of turns :P.
Tips to get far in the game: 1. Go for a glass cannon hero approach (all money / stats / etc into hero's attack, only upgrading other aspects when necessary) [you won't see any bullets if you kill them before they are on screen], 2. Play for as long as you can WITHOUT crafting while still completing/perfecting most levels first try, 3. Once you start running into troubles, use the 2-cost craft and focus ONLY on hero weapons. The idea here is to get over the cheap firepower in the start to maximize your advanced firepower later. I'm playing without even seeing most enemies as I kill them so quickly :P.
You REALLY need to fix the auto-moving when clicking outside of the game bug. Got to the ending and was forced against the bottom. I had full health and a shield but since I couldn't freaking move, I did. VERY annoying. 1/5.
In case anyone wants to get the badges quickly (and then perhaps afterwards enjoy this impressive game), when creating a new game, change the settings (Customize) to 50 sectors and set the pirates down to the lowest settings. They'll all be really weak (basically killable with just your initial scout) and so after the mining for the tutorial, just load up on laser weapons and blast the pirates in the first five sectors. Takes about 30 mins for all the badges if you also invest in ways to increase your travel speed ;).
lol, archmage is starting to 100% block me... Dominator vs. Craft. The level 2 craft can't get hit until it performs it's first attack... but my Ancient Horror is stopping them from attacking, so my 30+ elementals are 100% blocked...
Here's my strategy: I only upgraded myself (will need to later upgrade others for the side missions), then just ROLL around avoiding every attack until the two specials charge. Takes some time, but I'm on mission 13 with very little issue. Doing one or two runes in regeneration can help too ;).
What should I do? I killed the pirate leader as soon as he popped up (had made my ship into a fighter before taking on the recons). Now, after mining 10 asteroids, that's my mission. I've tried doing the resetting of ships, but it doesn't seem to be working (even went to the next area, mined for a while, and came back).
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