THE FIRST SECTOR
There is not much to this sector. There are what is called "bioderms" or
pilots which are used to carry out your commands. There should be no problems,
until you reach the elite mission. This is where most people are stumped.
There are a few things that I suggest to prepare for the elite mission:
1. The bioderms are the pilots of the HERCs. They gain experience when used
on missions but it tends to shorten their life span quickly. Create two
separate teams as soon as possible, one set of bioderms for military missions
(use the most expensive ones here) and one set for mining (these can just be
the protohuman bioderms, ie. models 001, 101 & 110). I have observed that the
bioderms do not seem to age when not in use.This seems to be the best strategy
for the game allowing for more bioderms than HERCs.
2. I prefer to customize the HERCs. Rather than settling for "stock"
features, it allows for more optimization of technology available.
Unfortunately certain combinations of weapons are extremely deadly. I have
included some combinations that have worked for me. See appendix A for more
3. Although customizing shields is very effective, watch for return fire
protocols. There is nothing as frustrating as watching a HERC turn to return
an attack only to leave his weak side exposed to the enemy. Truly depressing
with some of the bigger HERCs.
4. Jacking up is suggested although be aware that it does lower the genetic
stability of the bioderm by 5%. Once below this mark, known as the "halfway"
mark, the skill ratings begin to drop, thus making them unstable. Hope that
this gives you a greater understanding of stabliity and toxin numbers:
Erma Health: 70 Stability: 60 Toxins: 70
TACTICS FOR ELITE MISSIONS
By following the above information, and the following tactics, this mission
should be challenging, but not too difficult. I feel that these are my most
helpful suggestions. If you feel that I have left out anything important,
please feel free to E-Mail me.
1. As tempting as it is, do not overlook or neglect to use the Shadow or
Sensei HERCs. These have the most powerful sensors available which cannot be
used by any of the other HERCs. My personal favorite, the shadow when equipped
with overdrive nodes, is the fastest HERC, b y f a a a a r.
2. The Cybrid enemy base regenerates/makes Verminus robots (small HERCs armed
with elf weapons that bypass shields and self destruct nodes) every turn (my
information leads me to believe two per turn). Therefore, you cannot take this
level leisurely. My best advice is to create an offensive line when advancing,
using the bigger HERCs with their shields directed towards the enemy, have your
shadow HERCs scout forward, as spotters, then retreat behind the bigger HERCs
for cover while the bigger HERCs pound the helpless Cybrids (uh hem).
3. Take the time to read planetary conditions before a mission, otherwise you
may be unpleasantly surprised. For example, your missles won't fire or your
shields are exceptionally weak or your sensors are useless.
In conclusion, this is probably one of the most enjoyable strategy games I have
ever played. Like you I was disappointed that there was no written manual
included in the packaging of the game. However, the online manual is excellent
and thorough in content, as well as creating an engaging atmosphere. I am
currenlty in the process of doing statistical cross-reference charts which I
will post soon.
MISCELLANEOUS TIPS & RECOMMENDATIONS
The first time I played this, I almost missed the improved mine extractor at
100% efficiency and 1200 ore limit. This is the best mining extractor.
For life support, I recommend multi-shell or above, at this level I never lost
a bioderm without also losing the HERC.
Personally, I do not prefer to use electronic counter measures as using
multiple units does not appear to be cumulative.
The criteria that I used to chose my bioderms for the military missions team
consisted of cost and life span, in that order. My reasoning is that the
bioderms that I chose in the beginning of the game were still ALIVE and had
gained experience through previous missions. They all possesed nearly perfect
Finally, overdrive nodes are by far my favorite device to add to my HERCs, big
or small. My configurations for all of my HERC designs combine two overdrive
nodes with one antigravity node to allow for maximum speed. The benefits are:
missions take less time, bioderms age less and in my first elite mission I had