Whorl

Orbits (Lupus) Whorl walk-through, completed in 1:48.5

I’ve played Whorl for a long time, and I’ve had some pretty good times. I have always started by capturing planets on the outer wheel. I mean, who wants to be in the center where you are an easy target for both of your opponents? Recently I though I would change and try capturing the center planets, just to see what would happen. I was sure I would be slaughtered. What happened instead was that I came within a couple of seconds of my best time ever. I continued with this approach until I got the time shown in the video below.

Walk-through

  1. From 0:00 to 0:17, capture the inner planets.
  2. From 0:18 to 0:40, I started out just observing what the opponents where doing. I noticed green sending reinforcements out to promote its double on the outer wheel. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but now I think it was the first of two events that enabled the time I got. After observing I captured the double on the outer wheel and the double just inside of it that is passing by.
  3. From 0:41 to 0:46, time to capture the singleton on the outer wheel. At 0:44 orange sends units to its stationary double to promote it. Green, having extra units on its outer wheel planets due to reinforcing them earlier, decides to attack the weakened orange planet. This is the second event that enabled my good time.
  4. From 0:48 to 0:55, promote your double planet on the outer wheel.
  5. From 0:56 to 1:15, here I’m just biding my time. Waiting to see who attacks and looking for targets of opportunity. If you initiate an attack prior to your opponents, it is likely that one of them will attack the planet you just removed units from.
  6. From 1:16 to 1:22, green initiates attacks on orange in two different locations. Since green is attacking and weakening orange, I decide to attack green.
  7. From 1:23 to 1:28, after destroying two green planets, it seems like a good time to even things out a little and go after orange.
  8. From 1:29 to 1:32, at this point I see that I have a chance for a really good time. I wish I could say that I planned this, but it just happened. Here though, I did see that the orange double on the wheel was approaching the green stationary double and destroying the other two planets would have the remaining opponents right next to each other.

From here all that needs to be done is destroy the remaining two doubles, while preventing them from capturing another planet.


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