Terminus

Supernovas (Hercules) Terminus walk-through, completed in 1:40.8

This is a modification to the strategy used in a previous post on Terminus. Previously I would capture all six planets near the supernova. Now, I just capture four of them. That combined with leaving units around a just destroyed planet results in the opportunity to get a good time.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:02, double your initial planet.
  2. From 0:03 to 0:21, capture the closest of the single planets protecting the supernova. I always start with the top planet, the bottom should work just as well.
  3. From 0:22 to 0:32, capture the next planet on the top.
  4. From 0:33 to 0:41, capture one of the bottom planets.
  5. From 0:42 to 0:47, stop sending units from your double planet and instead just use units from the three single planets you’ve captured to capture your fourth single planet.
  6. From 0:48 to 0:57, send units from your double planet and the top two single planets to a position near the top orange planet.
  7. From 0:58 to 1:04, start sending units from your double planet and the bottom two single planets to a position near the bottom green planet. While doing this, continue sending units from your top two single planets up near the top orange planet.
  8. From 1:05 to 1:09, when orange moves its units off of its top planet, attack and destroy that planet.
  9. From 1:10 to 1:16, continue sending units from your double planet and your bottom two single planets near the bottom green planet. When green moves its units off of its bottom planet, attack and destroy that planet.
  10. From 1:17 to 1:23, notice that green occupies the double planet between orange and green. Wait for orange to attack that planet, then use your units left from destroying the top orange planet and units from your top two single planets to destroy the next orange planet.
  11. From 1:24 to 1:27, now orange occupies the center planet. As soon as green attacks the center planet, use units left from destroying the bottom green planet along with units from your bottom two single planets to destroy the next green planet.
  12. From 1:28 to 1:31, now use your units to simultaneously destroy the remaining orange and green double planets.

Now you just need to destroy the remaining two planets as quickly as possible.


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Ramparts

Supernovas (Hercules) Ramparts walk-through, completed in 1:50.5

This is a modification to the strategy used in a previous post on Ramparts. The main difference in the strategy is getting one of your opponents, orange in this case, to advance faster and be stronger than the other opponent.

When this works right, the stronger opponent holds the middle planet with quite a few excess units, then as the weaker opponent keeps attacking that center planet, you have the opportunity to use your units without being attacked.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:02, double your initial planet.
  2. From 0:03 to 0:16, capture the single planet just above your initial planet.
  3. From 0:17 to 0:20, force orange to promote one of their planets by attacking the single planets in front of the orange planets.
  4. From 0:21 to 0:37, capture and promote the top double planet.
  5. From 0:38 to 0:50, capture the single planets in the top enclave.
  6. From 0:51 to 1:02, send units from both your top and bottom planets out to the right so they can be used in a future attack against orange.
  7. From 1:03 to 1:09, position your mass of units below the orange double planets.
  8. From 1:10 to 1:12, just as orange moves units off of their bottom double planet, attack and destroy the planet.
  9. From 1:13 to 1:13, send the units from the top double and the top single planet on the orange side over towards green. You are preparing for an attack on green. Now that orange has removed their mass of units from their top planets, you can make this move without prompting an immediate attack from orange. You leave the planets on your green side single planet to discourage an attack from green.
  10. From 1:14 to 1:16, destroy the other orange double planet.
  11. From 1:16 to 1:23, when orange recaptures the center planet, move the units from your bottom planets over towards green. Move both of your mass of units in position for an attack on green.
  12. From 1:24 to 1:28, destroy the bottom green double planet. Before the green planet is destroyed, attack the top green double planet with the units on your top green side single planet.
  13. From 1:29 to 1:33, destroy the other green double planet.

From here you just need to destroy the remaining planets. This is faster if you can make your attacks just after your opponents launch attacks over the center planet.


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Castles

Supernovas (Hercules), Castles walk-through, completed in 1:24.0

This is a completely new strategy that shares almost nothing in common with the strategy used in a previous post on Castles.

This strategy takes advantage of how slowly your opponents develop in the beginning. The object is to force one opponent to double up their initial planet, then use the supernova adjacent to them to destroy them before they can spread. Since the other opponent is developing so slowly, they will usually stay contained within their initial enclave during this process.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:02, double your initial planet.
  2. From 0:03 to 0:07, send some units towards one of the single planets adjacent to green. Then send newly created units to the other single planet adjacent to green. If green does anything but double its planet prior to your units reaching the single planets, start over.
  3. From 0:08 to 0:21, redirect all of your units to the supernova in front of green, then start sending all of your newly created units towards the far single planet. Go back and forth between sending newly created units to the far single planet and then as those units approach the single planet redirecting them to the supernova. You are trying to trigger the supernova prior to green capturing another planet. By attacking the far single planet you are forcing green to attempt to capture the nearer planet, where it is easy for you to use some of your units to prevent its capture, if necessary. Keep doing this until you trigger the supernova.
  4. From 0:22 to 0:29, use the units from the supernova to destroy the green double planet.
  5. From 0:30 to 0:38, gather your units, then start attacking the orange double planet. When you units pass over the single planet in front of the orange enclave, capture the planet.
  6. From 0:39 to 0:48, you don’t want to attack the supernova directly or orange may trigger the supernova before your units get there. First, build up your units on the single planet. Use these units to attack the orange double planet.  When your units pass over the supernova, redirect those units into the supernova and trigger it. If orange is able to spread to another planet prior to triggering its supernova, start over.
  7. From 0:49 to 0:57, after the supernova, destroy the orange double planet.

From here you just need to destroy the two remaining single planets. You’ll get the best time by waiting for the last planet to send its units to try to capture the double planet prior to destroying it.


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Centrum

Supernovas (Hercules) Centrum walk-through, completed in 2:03.2

The strategy used here is a modification of the strategy used in a previous post on Centrum. The main differences are in capturing the center planet, thus denying it to green and destroying the green triple earlier. In addition the double planet is ignored, allowing the supernova to be triggered sooner.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:02, double your initial planet.
  2. From 0:03 to 0:10, send some units off to the right, wait a little and then send them towards the single planet adjacent to green.
  3. From 0:11 to 0:17, while those units area heading towards the single planet, promote your initial planet to a triple.
  4. From 0:18 to 0:24, redirect all of your units to the center single planet.
  5. From 0:25 to 0:30, send a few units towards the single planet adjacent to green, then continue capturing the center single planet.
  6. From 0:31 to 0:40, capture the single planet adjacent to green.
  7. From 0:41 to 0:46, keep building up your units on the single planet adjacent to green. You are waiting for green to promote their initial planet to a triple. If green sends units from their double planet to help in promoting their triple, start over, as this will get the green triple promoted before you are ready to destroy it.
  8. From 0:47 to 0:59, as soon as green starts promoting their triple planet, you want to attack, destroy, capture and promote that planet.
  9. From 1:00 to 1:10, use units from your triple planet to capture its adjacent single planet, while doing this promote your other triple planet.
  10. From 1:11 to 1:17, when orange starts attacking the green double planets, send all of your units to your center planet.
  11. From 1:18 to 1:21, use your mass of units to attack the orange double planet. You are trying to time this right so that orange can destroy the green planets, and your are using this attack on the orange double to get orange to send reinforcements back there and prevent orange from having enough units to capture the green planets it just destroyed.
  12. From 1:22 to 1:28, when your mass of units is over the supernova, attack and trigger the supernova.
  13. From 1:29 to 1:35, after the supernova, you want to destroy the orange double planet first. While you are doing this, look at the double planets orange just destroyed and notice which one orange is closest to capturing.
  14. From 1:36 to 1:39, attack and destroy the front orange single on the side you noticed in the previous step. At the same time use the units left from destroying the orange double planet to destroy the back orange single.
  15. From 1:40 to 1:44, send all units to destroy the top orange planet.
  16. From 1:45 to 1:49, destroy the center orange planet.
  17. From 1:50 to 1:53, destroy the front orange planet.

From here, you just have to destroy the remaining two orange planets in the quickest manner possible.


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Threat

Supernovas (Hercules) Threat walk-through, completed in 1:28.8

The strategy used here is similar to a previous post on Threat. The main difference is the strategy was implemented better and there was a little luck at the end when the last orange planet attempted to capture another planet at the last moment and made the final planet easier to destroy.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:08, capture the double planet closest to the supernova of one of your opponents. I always attack the green side, but either side will work. When your units are on the way to the double planet, start sending new units from your planet to the single planet just below your opponent. This will discourage your opponent from capturing that planet.
  2. From 0:09 to 0:22, capture the single planet just below green.
  3. From 0:23 to 0:29, build up your units on the single your just captured. Usually, after building up enough units, I use the attack and release method to get green to attempt to double its planet. In this video, green started doubling just prior.
  4. From 0:30 to 0:43, when green attempts to double, destroy and then capture the green double planet.
  5. From 0:44 to 0:53, capture the single planet between your initial planet and orange.
  6. From 0:54 to 1:07, build up your units and send them behind the orange planets. Use attacks on the orange double and the single planet orange just captured to get orange to move its units all the way to the right so it can destroy the remaining green planet.
  7. From 1:08 to 1:13,  initiate an attack on the back orange double planet by first sending units at the supernova. Occasionally this will prompt orange to waste some units from their two double planets by sending them into the supernova. When the units get near the orange double, attack and destroy it.
  8. From 1:14 to 1:18, destroy the remaining orange double planet.

From here you just need to destroy the two remaining orange planets. When this goes well, orange will have destroyed the remaining green planet without being able to capture it.


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