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Offline voteslave

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Dumb newbie mistakes to avoid
« on: January 05, 2016, 05:47:17 AM »

I'll start - this is so dumb i am astounded by my own stupidity. . .

Seemed to be using a lot of Duranium hmmmmm - this goes on for years and i can't understand why.   Blamed it on building a "Spaceport" which never seemed to finish.   Finally i realize i have 26 (yes 26!) spaceports built on Earth.   My mistake?  When modifying the original spaceport build i had input 100 as the build number rather than the percentage!  Doh!!!!!!!

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Re: Dumb newbie mistakes to avoid
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2016, 07:20:45 AM »
At least your cargo will load and unload stupidly fast!
" Why is this godforsaken hellhole worth dying for? "
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Re: Dumb newbie mistakes to avoid
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2016, 08:30:59 AM »
I would say the big ones are making sure you have enough power plants for lasers, having magazines for your missiles, making sure missile launchers are the right size, having the right sensors and fire controls on the right ship. That's something everyone forgets every now and again.
 

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Re: Dumb newbie mistakes to avoid
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2016, 08:50:04 AM »
Calculating the width of the solar system and how much fuel I require for an incredibly economical geo survey craft.  Setting the "refuel at 50%" order and feeling proud.  Forgetting a few points:

1. Comets mean variable width; I run out of fuel

2. Five day increments mean I may use 4.99 days of fuel above and beyond 50% before the "refuel at 50%" order is triggered; I run out of fuel

My whole geo survey fleet ground to a halt within days of each other.
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Re: Dumb newbie mistakes to avoid
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2016, 09:15:37 AM »
THere's too many to possibly count. but here's one of the most infuriating.

Making cargo ships and troop transport with not enough capacity for what they have to carry XD
 

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Re: Dumb newbie mistakes to avoid
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2016, 09:50:15 AM »
Designing a military ship (that doesn't spend most of its life in a hangar) with a Max Repair value that's larger than it's MSP (Maintenance Supply Point) value.

I wasn't even a newbie at the time, and that was one of my basic checkpoints when critiquing other peoples' ships on the forums. Still, I wasn't paying attention to my own design, so my destroyers started conking out during task force training. There's an old line that comes to mind about pointing out the speck in your brother's eye while ignoring the log in your own.
 

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Re: Dumb newbie mistakes to avoid
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2016, 09:53:42 AM »
Don't leave home without fuel tanks.
" Why is this godforsaken hellhole worth dying for? "
". . .  We know nothing about them, their language, their history or what they look like.  But we can assume this.  They stand for everything we don't stand for.  Also they told me you guys look like dorks. "
"Stop exploding, you cowards.  "
 

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Re: Dumb newbie mistakes to avoid
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2016, 09:58:52 AM »
Don't leave home without fuel tanks.

And don't stay home with fuel tanks! (The new designs start off with a fuel tank by defualt, but most PDCs don't have a good reason to keep it.)
 

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Re: Dumb newbie mistakes to avoid
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2016, 02:55:52 PM »
I can't believe no-ones mentioned the infamous bombarding your homeworld with minerals by not having a catching Mass Driver!
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Re: Dumb newbie mistakes to avoid
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2016, 03:02:20 PM »
And don't stay home with fuel tanks! (The new designs start off with a fuel tank by defualt, but most PDCs don't have a good reason to keep it.)

Fighter base.
 

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Re: Dumb newbie mistakes to avoid
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2016, 05:41:53 PM »
"FIRE ALL MISSILES!"
"Um missiles sir?"

Is always a popular one.
 

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Re: Dumb newbie mistakes to avoid
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2016, 08:53:35 PM »
Have a home for your fighters, before you build them.
Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.
 

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Re: Dumb newbie mistakes to avoid
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2016, 12:49:13 AM »
Have a home for your fighters, before you build them.

i think this has saved me some pain :)
 

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Re: Dumb newbie mistakes to avoid
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2016, 12:35:08 PM »
Checking the AFR% on ships.  I had no idea what that did at first.  Had many of my first jump survey craft get stranded and have to be rescued.
 

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Re: Dumb newbie mistakes to avoid
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2016, 01:55:19 PM »
"FIRE ALL MISSILES!"
"Um missiles sir?"

Is always a popular one.

One I've done more than once...

"Fire the Mark IV's!"

"Tactical says they've not been loaded yet. All we have are the Mark I's"

Well... there goes that speed/range advantage...
 

 

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