I started out playing vengeance one way and was able to get a time of just over 2 minutes. This original method I used was designed to force one of the opponents down to the bottom portion. While repeatedly playing Vengeance this way, it occurred to me that if the initial move for both green and orange was to the bottom, getting a lower time would be possible.
After this realization I set out searching for a way to coerce them to do exactly that. The upper level planets that orange and green want to capture with their first moves are the double planets adjacent to them. My first attempt at coercing them was sending half of my original units to one of the double planets, and the other half to the other. This very rarely wored. The method I finally settled on was to send all of my units towards one of the double planets, then just before they reach it, redirect them to the other double. Then when that opponent capitulates and goes to the bottom, redirect them again and capture the other double planet to try and force the other opponent to the bottom. This doesn’t work all the time, but it does work often enough.
- From 0:00 to 0:07, the initial attacks that get both orange and green to send their units to the bottom.
- From 0:08 to 0:29, capturing all the planets around orange.
- From 0:30 to 0:43, attacking orange, then removing the attack to get orange to promote its planet to double, then destroying it. You don’t need to capture this planet, you only want to capture the planets that are in proximity to the moving planet that will be coming up to the top of the board.
- From 0:44 to 0:55, attack the singleton next to green. This attack denies this planet to green and prompts green to promote one of its planets to double. At that point you’ll remove your attack and get ready to destroy the newly doubled planet.
- From 0:56 to 1:05, capture the two planets next to greens remaining planet.
- From 1:06 to 1:16, use and attack on green to prompt a promotion to double, then destroy green.
From here on out it’s just getting your forces ready for destroying the rest of your opponents. In this video at 1:24, I use an attack on the orange double planet to prompt him to move units in for defense, then remove the attack. At this point orange uses those excess units to attack green.
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