Postern

Force (Bootes) Postern, completed in 1:03.8

The approach I use on Postern came about by chance. I was playing and my opponents did something they had never done before and I won with a time of 1:33.2. That was 10 seconds faster than my previous best time.

As I’m watching the video and writing a walk-through, I can tell that there are places where I could have made different decisions and that I should have been able to get a much better time. So before I publish the walk-through I decide to try out the insights I had gained from watching the video. That led to me taking about 30 seconds off of that time.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:08, your goal here is to get both orange and green to send their units into their wormhole. Start out by doubling up your planet, then after a couple of seconds start attacking the singleton that green is likely to attack. As soon as green sends its units into the wormhole start attacking the singleton that orange is likely to attack. In this case orange had already went into the wormhole so that part wasn’t needed, but sometimes it can be useful in getting the desired outcome.
  2. From 0:09 to 0:28, your goal now is to get orange to use its units in the wormhole to capture the green side singleton. For that to happen you need to capture the other two planets that orange has access to.
  3. From 0:29 to 0:34, build up some units on the singleton you just captured, then use those units to attack the singleton adjacent to the orange double. The purpose of this is to get orange to give up on capturing that planet and instead send reinforcements into the wormhole, where they’ll be used to capture the singleton next to green.
  4. From 0:35 to 0:39, as soon as orange sends the reinforcements you want to start sending your units into the top wormhole in preparation for taking out the orange double planet.
  5. From 0:40 to 0:48, as soon as orange attempts to capture the singleton, use your units in the wormhole to destroy and capture the double planet.
  6. From 0:49 to 0:52, here you want to attack the unoccupied double planet. In the initial video (below, after the jump), I noticed that it was the attack on this planet that triggered green to attack orange.
  7. From 0:53 to 1:03, as soon as green starts attacking orange, start sending your units into the bottom wormhole. Then, just when it looks like green has sent enough units to destroy orange, take out the green double.

 

As I mentioned in the introduction, the genesis for this approach came about by seeing how I didn’t take full advantage of the opportunity my opponents had given me previously. That previous video and walk-through are after the jump.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:08, after doubling up your initial planet you want to attack the top right singleton. Left to its own devices, green will get this planet every time. You want to deny that to green. As soon as green gives up on getting the singleton you are attacking, remove the attack. What you want to happen here is for orange to capture the singleton you were attacking. Green will eventually attack and destroy that planet, we would rather orange be the victim.
  2. From 0:08 to 0:35, now you want to capture the other top planets, starting with the double just above your initial position. Orange has sent some units into the wormhole, you want to capture every planet available to orange, except for the one you want them to capture.
  3. From 0:36 to 0:51, orange is capturing the planet we want them to and in the process is weakening their double planet. Now would be a good time to send your units through the wormhole and destroy the orange double.
  4. From 0:52 to 1:14, here I’m capturing some planets to build up my strength.
  5. From 1:15 to 1:33, I finally notice that green hasn’t been expanding as they normally would and I stop capturing and start attacking.

At the 50 second point, I had just destroyed the orange double. If I hadn’t been so focused on what I was doing I would have seen that my opponents only had a single planet each, and it was almost guaranteed that green was going to attack orange. Had I noticed this I would have went on the attack. I believe that doing so would have given me a time of 1:20 or less.


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