Tariff

Minefields (Andromeda) Tariff walk-through, completed in 3:20.0

This is the same strategy as used in a previous post on Tariff. The key to this strategy is to get two attack forces that you can use to alternately attack your opponents single planets. If you are successful in these attacks your opponents will keep sending reinforcements to their single planets. With their units on the single planets your opponents will keep attacking and defending the center single planet, which will prevent them from attacking you.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:14, promote your initial planet all the way to triple.
  2. From 0:15 to 0:47, capture and promote the top planet to a double planet.
  3. From 0:48 to 1:11, capture both of the single planets.
  4. From 1:12 to 1:19, send units towards the top right of the screen.
  5. From 1:20 to 2:18, while you peel off a second attack force on the top left of the screen, use your existing attack force on the opponents single planet to get them to send reinforcements. This prevents those opponents units from attacking you. When you have both of your attack forces in place, use alternating attacks on the opponents single planets to keep them using their units to attack the center single planet.
  6. From 2:19 to 2:25, start preparing for your attack by bringing units from your double planet down where they will be more useful.
  7. From 2:26 to 2:36, I consider quitting when orange attacks my single planet. Fortunately, I decide to start my attack instead.
  8. From 2:37 to 2:44, you want to start out taking out the bottom double planet of the opponent you attack first. If your attack force had enough units in it, you’ll be able to use the units that survive that attack to take out the double planet within the minefield.

This is really just an all out attack. You have to try to implement the attack in a way that keeps the opponents attacking the center planet as long as possible. The more units they use on each other, the fewer they have left to defend your attacks.


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Tariff

Minefields (Andromeda) Tariff walk-through, completed in 3:32.2

A long time ago I tried Tariff and at first I thought it couldn’t be beat. After finally beating it in about 7 minutes I just quit playing. Recently I revisited Tariff and tried some of the tricks I’ve learned, and wouldn’t you know it, they work even on Tariff.

The main thing to use on Tariff is the attack that you have no intention of completing, but instead you just want to coerce your opponent to move their units away from you and in position to be used on your other opponent.

 

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:51, the initial captures and promotions, where I go from here depends on what the opponents do.
  2. From 0:52 to 1:00, I capture the singleton on the side of the first opponent to capture their double just below my triple planet, in this case that was orange. Once this is captured you want to build up some units that you will later peel off and use as an attack force.
  3. From 1:01 to 1:06, as soon as possible you want to start sending units from your center triple to the singleton on the other side.  In this case, this is to prevent green from trying to capture it.
  4. From 1:07 to 1:10, time to peel off an attack force for later use.
  5. From 1:11 to 1:25, complete your capture of the green side singleton and begin building up forces for a second attack force.
  6. From 1:26 to 1:33,  the second attack force.
  7. From 1:34 to 2:19, use alternate attacks on the opponents lower singleton or double planets.  These attacks work best when that planet has just sent its forces to join an attack.  Since that planet isn’t well defended, an attack on it will prompt the opponent to send in reinforcements.
  8. From 2:20 to 2:26, it seemed to me as if orange had gained the upper hand, so I started sending my forces to the orange side of the board to attack the strongest opponent first.
  9. From 2:27 to 2:36, time for the attack. How to attack here depends on how the opponents are attacking each other. I like to get the double inside the minefield. Once it is wiped out the opponent will usually try to recapture it, but with the minefield in the way, that isn’t an easy task.
  10. From 2:37 to 2:44, now that the battle has been completely joined, I figured it was time to start in on green. And of course, we have to continue the assault on orange.

From here, orange is just about wiped out, and green is weakened. All that is left is cleaning up what is left. At 3:06 capturing the green singleton was a mistake. I didn’t need the units it would produce and with those extra 100 units I would have been able to destroy the two remaining double planets quite a bit faster.


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