Shroud

Fog (Cygnus) Shroud walk-through, completed in 2:36.6

The strategy for Shroud is based on two main ideas. The first is to only play when the first move for both green and orange is towards purple. Getting both of them expanding in that direction makes things easier for us and more difficult for purple. Second, you have to get the orange and green corner planets as quickly as possible.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:06, double your planet, then watch the opponents. Just before the fog descends you can see that orange moves towards purple. If I see either orange or green move towards my position, I start over.
  2. From 0:07 to 0:30, you need to get the single planet adjacent to the orange corner planet as quickly as possible. If you take too long, orange will get it. Here you need to capture the double planet on the orange side and as soon as you do, attack and capture the singleton next to orange.
  3. From 0:31 to 0:42, time to build up some strength in preparation for taking out the orange corner planet. Around this time I was watching the top center double planet to see if green was capturing it. If greens first move had been towards my position, it should have been moving units there by now, the fact that it isn’t told me that its first move was towards purple.
  4. From 0:43 to 0:53, you need to get orange to double up the corner planet to make it easier to capture.
  5. From 0:54 to 1:01, now it’s time to destroy, capture and promote the orange corner planet.
  6. From 1:02 to 1:14, time to start building up units and capturing planets adjacent to green. You have to make sure you don’t remove too many units from the double planet you just captured. If you do, orange will attack.
  7. From 1:15 to 1:41, now you need to start the march to the green corner. In this video I destroy, capture and promote the top center green double. If green had owned the single planet just below this double, I wouldn’t have promoted the double. Experience has taught me that green hellfire will rain down if I did.

There are so many planets remaining to destroy and capture that there is no generalized strategy to present. What I do is keep an eye on the stats to get an idea of the relative strength of orange and green and try to attack the stronger of the two. However, if a good target of opportunity presents itself, I don’t pass up on it just because it would get the relative strengths out of whack.


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