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Whats the most unbalanced custom race you've ever made (MOO2)?

Discussion in 'Other Civ-Related Games' started by malicious bloke, Dec 25, 2007.

  1. Darza

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    Slightly different: if you did fired all your weapons prior moving, then move somewhere - then it will be done-d at arrival. If you move ship first, then fire all the weapons as in your example - it wouldnt be doned.
     
  2. El_Machinae

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    Ah, I see. Yeah, I instinctively worked around that by having lots of weapon groups. Make sense...
     
  3. Darza

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    Number of weapon slots used doesnt matter there. If you fired them all - it would be doned.
     
  4. Giftless

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    I agree on the matter of having specialized planets; though usually with how I use FT in my games there's some extra context to consider. Usually on my Homeworld start I can only get 6-8 production early on before pollution sets in. And with how the game is designed there are almost always odd numbers of food units being produced (9 food when I have 8 aquatic population on a water planet). It may not seem like much, but all that loose change adds up, especially when it's BC that can kick in before a planet is fully grown.

    Anyhow, the way I use it is with a massive builder / terraformer style game. I pact and trade treaty every A.I. I meet, get colony governors set up in multiplanet systems ASAP, and Rush Buy. Granted, it might not work so well for an early game warlord; but if you're the type who planet-constructs and rush-terraforms everything then food scarcity is not going to be a problem :D

    P.S. I tried a game recently without the Fantastic Traders on and found that the game rounds down (a rip-off) on the food BC calculation. Therefore the difference for a three food surplus is 3 BC versus 1 BC, so it's not a simple 2x increase but a 3x increase in some cases.
     
  5. Darza

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    Moreother, in some case its truly infinite increase, with 1 food surplus - you jump from the 0 BC profit to a whoopping 1 BC profit. But well, that doesnt change anything. Did you watched the video link? Also there is no problem at all to build with pollution, to skip it entirely - you could use the Tolerant (as it also one of the best classic races), or Money race (not really working well in classic moo2).
     
  6. El_Machinae

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    Yeah, I know. I would just save some weapons for last. I'd have to deselect a weapon if I had some complex maneuvers in mind
     
  7. humbe

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    Most unbalanced race I've ever played:

    - Creative
    - Lithovore (*)
    - Tolerant (*)
    - Subterranean (*)
    - Ship Offence +50
    - Imperium (Dictatorship)
    - Large Home World
    - Rich Home World
    - Artifacts Home World
    - Lucky
    - Omniscient
    - Ground Combat -20 (*)

    (*) - All my colonists are captured Silicoids, so I'm getting lithovore, tolerant and subterranean from them, which removes my -food and low gravity penalties except for the ground combat penalty, and I had ground combat -10 to begin with.
     
  8. rcasale42

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    I don't know about most unbalanced, but I'm currently playing

    Tolerant
    +50% population growth
    +1 Production
    Charismatic
    -ground combat
    -spying
    -ship attack
    -ship defense

    Tolerant is just so powerful, with the added population and ignoring pollution. I like to take Charismatic for fun, because you can get more interesting leaders. Combat penalties are fine in my mind, because they have no effect on your early expansion, and once you have to economic base they can be offset by sheer numbers.

    BTW, I'm glad I found the MOO community.
     
  9. Tech_150

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    The "imbalanciness" of any custom race can be greatly improved by using patch 1.40 and /picks=14, or patch 1.50 and removing the restriction of only 10 negative picks.

    In 1.40, those 4 extra picks got me very accustomed to using subterranean most of the time. Two of my favorite 1.40 custom races:

    * FeudLithSubtCrea with -50 pop growth and repulsive
    * DictCybSubtCreaProd+2 with -50 pop growth and repulsive

    In 1.50, without a limitation on negative picks, you can do stuff like

    * UniTolLithSubt
    * DemoLithSubtSci+2ArtiLg

    With uncreative, pimped-up AI races and mapgen settings which also benetfit said AI races, even those can be a challenge.
     
  10. j.d.shinshu

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    The thread that never dies looks like.
    I'm sure my build was probably listed already. But TLDR all of thread.
    Before I installed 1.50 patch I went with a teleblitz build. Or as I liked to call it a "slaver" build. As I would often only build 2 colonies of my own.
    I like to finish games in less than 2 hours usually. Or alternatively shoot for 6000+ scores.
    As a side note the tech level never really gets that high in a quick game. Usually max at neutron blasters or ion cannons. It might not work well in an advanced tech game. Works great in post-warp though. You're already at the tech level you want to be at, but then so is everyone else.

    so the build:
    -fuedal
    +telepathic
    -50% growth
    +transdimensional
    -10 Ground Combat
    + 50 DEF
    + 20 ATT

    at start, make one freighter fleet. Then max science to get auto-factories, research lab, hydroponics while exploring everywhere in range. At same time occasionally max production to build&buy factory, and outpost ship. Find world suitable for incubator world during exploration. Pump up homeworld with housing from there.
    Build a beam battleship with lasers and a bomb or 2. Tech to battle scanners and battle pods.
    It's really a tricky start. You have to balance your finances perfectly and be super friendly in diplomacy until your first battleship is ready. Getting a rich leader is super helpful.
    I trade tech as fast as I get it if I can. As a general rule I never research weapons or armor if playing the long game, since it'll just end up in my enemy hands. Plus any non military tech just makes their colonies better for me when I take it. Do treaties and other diplomacy I play as needed, but just until I get the first battleship.

    Basically the auto/ND/continuous laser gunboats are so good at ship/base killing I steam roll the AI. And with super high defense (transdem-speed, +50, leader) it really can hang in a fight. I usually wipe out 2 or 3 civs within a couple dozen turns of getting the battleship, just the one. Pumping out a few outpost ships to extend the range of my battleship as needed.
    The 1.50 update doesn't change this build. You have to be more careful in tactical when attacking a colony but otherwise the same.
    You can take 1/3 to half the galaxy with the one ship and from then you have the infrastructure to build a real fleet, and also possibly catch up on tech. Although you often get a lot of tech from conquest and extortion. If AI get decent armor and/or shields I tech to auto mass drivers and if that can't crack their planets I'll build bomber cruisers to accompany the battleships.

    Basically I've played most of the other good combos, and they all have their good points. So I just take the other races in-game and use them as slaves. It scales with game difficulty too. The higher the level the more useful your slaves are. (Some more than others obviously).

    I'm really liking the ICE mod, since you can't do this until mid game. So I don't bother with telepathy. Time to figure out a new way to do it. I suspect aquatic, cybernetic, fuedal with ship defense maxed and possibly transdimensional. Maximize possible worlds to settle, and have cheap(ish) killer ships. It'll probably be more of an extermination build than slavet as it'd be better to have multiple incubator worlds to repopulate worlds rather than deal with unrest.
     
  11. civvver

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    I think I found the best race with the base game.

    Standard negative picks for these, repulsive, -ground combat, -ship defense to get to +20 picks.

    Tolerant (10), unified (6), +1 production (3), large home world (1). This is essentially the best production race their is. Being non creative is not a big deal here. For one you need no pollution picks so you can build missiles and fuel cells and armor easily. No real sacrifices in that tree. Then you just crank out battleships with ease. I beat AIs on impossible using phasor while they still have fusion beams sometimes. Tolerant also gives you a lot of extra population. I find subterranean underwhelming now.

    The best creative build I could come up with now is also tolerant (10), creative (8), rich home world (2). Yes it's dictatorship which hurts colonies early but since you're creative you get all the morale buildings so late you have more production and gold and science than unified or democracies. I used to always skip tolerant because I thought hey creative gets all the pollution buildings anyway, and that's true, but creative suffers from having to build everything to keep up with other races production. Being able to have 100% of your production off the bat and skip building those buildings is really needed. Plus tolerant gives that extra population. The main issue is going to be finding a second food planet early so you can take advantage of your rich home world to just produce things instead of farm.

    Creative also opens up what I find to be superior weapons tech in mass drivers/gauss cannons. If you look at the comparable beam options which are fusions/phasors, yes they do a bit more damage fully upgraded. Fusions due to enveloping and phasors from shield piercing. But the issue is range dissipation. As a creative race you'll have all the beam goodies and hit people with 3 auto fire shots every time and full range. You'll be doing full dmg from turn 1 with mass drivers instead of having to fly close first. Non creatives can't afford to do this as level 1 force fields is mass driver, ecm jammer, class 1 shield. Jammer is hugely important, although losing level 1 shield hurts a lot too because at level 3 you choose between level 3 shield and planetary radiation shield. Flux shield comes way too late to sub for planetary radiation shield. You really have a tough choice at level 1 and no way you can pick mass drivers.

    Overall though this creative build comes online a lot slower than the production one and isn't as strong.
     
  12. Alex2018

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    My favorite best custom races (for long term, not to rush) to play on huge, impossible difficulty, 8 players, antarans on, random events off (for now), always pre-warp, average age are:

    unification + subterran + aquatic + large HW.
    Or
    Unification + subterran +1 production, large HW.
    Negatives: repulsive, -spying or -ground combat.

    I usually end up with 100s of titans with dozens of doomstars and getting 1000s of dollars and RP's per turn.
    Of course in small galaxy I could rush and have a quick game vs 7 impossible AI's. But I prefer to play long games with high tech.
     
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  13. Harv

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    Recently, I have been playing with:

    10 Base Picksx
    +5 Low-G (This is basically a temporary penalty in Normal-G worlds.)
    +2 20 Ship Defense Penalty (We are getting hit.)
    +2 10 Ground Combat Penalty (We get crushed like Ants!)
    -1 Large Home World (because why not)
    -6 Unification (of course!)
    -6 +2 Production
    -6 Subterranean (nearly max population)

    I have been having lots of fun with this build, but working out newbie mistakes.

    I like sub-terranean, because of the population bonus. Also, we are ants!
     
  14. civvver

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    That's good too but tolerant gets like 60% of what subterranean does and you don't have to waste tech or production on anti pollution buildings. Although not being repulsive you could probably trade for what you need. I may have to try low g vs repulsive and see how it is.
     
  15. Alex2018

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    I prefer to take subterranean and then just get android workers ASAP. Since they are tolerant, I end up being subterranean and tolerant. Especially if you take Low-G penalty, it helps to have android workers.

    I did play one game where I took low-g instead of repulsive. Not as good as I wanted.
     
  16. Denkt

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    Perhaps not the strongest but the combination of creative-feudal is quite interesting.

    Creative provides uber ship and feudal makes these uber ships who otherwise would cost +10k to only cost like 3k.

    Don't think there is any stronger combination in the late game as this combination can massproduce high quality ships in numbers which nobody else can do.

    This combo also mean you still have 12 positive Points left to spend with other negative picks.

    The only problem is that you need to survive to the Point that creative starts to shine and my strategy have been to rush the computer line for the research and morale (morale works adjective with the feudal science penalty which is very nice and the base research from the buildings are not affected by the feudal penalty).

    Another combo would be Demo-1 bc which produce 3 bc per colonist instead of only one and it get even better as the game progress with better Tech. Because you produce so much Money you can afford to build hordes of cheap ships who cost far less to produce and give more firepower per production while also having the nice science advantage of democracy.

    Unification-fantastic trade is basically the same as above but far cheaper in terms of Points with the advantages of unification but you need to produce goods instead of just getting all Money for free.
     
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  17. civvver

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    Feudal creative seems counter intuitive. Creative shines as you research more and feudal researches slower, so they don't really seem to compliment each other at all.
     
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    It works better on lower difficulties. When one is getting attacked a lot by higher tech empires, it would get rough. The AIs usually make well rounded ships, not specialized ships powerful in one area.
    I've done it on hard for a challenge.
     
  19. Denkt

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    I find production to be the bigger problem for creative as you get so many buildings that to use them all you need very good production or alot of money. Creative need research but because stuff that affect population are summed togther, the morale buildings will greatly reduce the feudal research problem and the science from buildings are unaffected.

    On the other hand a problem with creative are it cost alot of points so feudal mean you can pick other strong advantages while avoiding other penalties.

    I did not find this combo to be all that challeging on hard.
     
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    Sounds like it's time for Impossible! :)
     

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