Onus was just killing me. I couldn’t get a time anywhere near the record. It was discouraging so I didn’t play it for a long time. Recently I went back and it was obvious that I had been using a bad strategy.
With the experience I’ve gained on other constellations it was clear that I needed to capture one of the gas giants and then go for the end planet of one of the opponents. Doing this places one opponent between you and the other opponent. That is always a good situation.
- From 0:00 to 0:17, the initial captures.
- From 0:18 to 0:23, fake attacks on both of the gas giants. I plan on capturing the green gas giant, but need to get orange to put off getting its gas giant so that its development can keep up with green. If we get where green has made all of its captures and orange isn’t ready to attack green, then green will attack your gas giant.
- From 0:24 to 0:49, completing the initial captures and promoting the gas giant to triple. I don’t promote the gas giant past a triple. If you’ll notice the width of the rings around the gas giant, they indicate how many units it will take you to promote to that level. The first two rings are narrow and indicate it will only take 100 units for each of those promotions. I don’t know for sure, but I believe it takes 200 units for the fourth level and 300 or 400 units to get the last level of a gas giant. That is wasting a bunch of units for something that is such a big target.
- From 0:50 to 0:54, here you need to collect some units away from your gas giant that will be used in fake attacks as you attempt to move your opponents into a position where they will be attacking each other.
- From 0:55 to 1:09, I’m preparing for my next fake attack when orange launches an attack on green. Since this should get green to respond, I start sending my units to the top where I can start attacking and capturing the green planets. Don’t send the units from your gas giant too soon or you will prompt an attack from green.
- From 1:10 to 1:25, when your units are in place, start attacking and capturing the rear green planets. The two green double planets are the most important if you want to keep green from attacking your gas giant. Notice that at 1:10, I use a fake attack on the center green double planet to draw excess units away from the top green doubles.
- From 1:26 to 1:34, now we need to prepare for taking out orange. The units from the planets you just captured can be sent into the vicinity of the top right orange double planets. You also need to start massing your units for an attack on the orange gas giant. At 1:28 I start preparing for an attack on the gas giant and then pull back to wait for orange to launch an attack on green. If you destroy the orange gas giant too soon, orange will stop attacking green and start trying to recapture the gas giant.
- From 1:35 to 1:41, now that orange is attacking green I take out the gas giant, while continuing to send units from the captured green doubles toward the top right orange doubles.
At this point your units are in position to start destroying orange from the bottom up. If you are fortunate like I was here, orange will have sent just enough units to destroy the green double planet, but not enough to capture it.
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