the moo2 how to play more effective faq:

by kfizzle@mailandnews.com 


note:  this faq is about playing multiplayer moo2 more effective.  of course, if you can play multiplayer moo2 more effectively, then your regular moo2 becomes more effective as well!!   also, most of these strategies here are based upon a regular organic rich world with average tech level.  and yes, it's hard to follow these strategies without having your turns on in the game.  the t stands for turns here in the faq. 

Credits:

I like to thank everyone who helped me learn moo2, especially the people or fellow moo'ers from kali gaming network room 597 who helped me practice this game.  And I would like especially thank certain people more for sharing strategies with me and help me gain experience faster than other players, people such as

Cybersaber, INver, Silentwolf, Clang, Dirt-Bag, and Zircon, and bunch of others I'm not sure about!!! 
 

what is so great about moo2 you say?? 

1/3 of the fun is choosing a good effective custom race.

1/3 of the fun is building a stable empire.

1/3 of the fun is the tactical combat. 

to say the truth??  sometimes i just like playing moo2 for the fights, and as long as i could get a good fight out the game, i wouldn't mind losing. 

parts of this faq: 

1. dos setup

2. moo2 philosophy

3. game setup differences

4. strong race picks

5. race pick strategies

6. custom races

7. startup strategy for colonies

8. teching strategy and timeline

9. colonization strategy

10. ship construction

11. battle strategy

12. fighting monsters

13. miscellaneous moo2

14. kali moo2 bugs

15. cheats 



DOS Setup

note:  i did not put in the dos setup into this faq, because i figured it would not be necessary for everyone who plays moo2, since the dos setup is only for moo'ers over kali gaming network. so for now, if you would like to figure out how to do the dos setup for moo2, then visit http://www.pixelexiq.com/moo2/ and click on the dos setup button. or visit http://members.xoom.com/kfizzle/moo2/ and go to the multiplayer gaming page.  i'm not sure which button it is on the top. 

um, well, im not exactly the type of person who goes in order, cause when writing this fact, i went in order of which interests me most..  so.. bear with this faq.. 

moo2 philosophy:

well i think its quite simple.  the strategy of this game is to win, and by whatever means possible other than cheating.  the game is actually based on same principles of paper, rock and scissors.  basically, there are tech races, production races, and blitz races.  blitz races are paper, production rock, and tech races are scissors.

tech races actually don't do quite well, till late in game, when they are flooded with imense techs.  then they are unstoppable almost. 

the best way to play this game, is to play a race as fast as possible, and not make any mistakes.  the idea is to keep expanding, without losing any tech time.  of course, that doesnt mean you should not build any defense of any sort, so as that an enemy may easily walk over you.  the idea of win at this game, is balance. 

but then again, dont feel bad over losing every now and then, because, a lot of this game depends on the universe distribution, or the rolls of the stars and systems in the each individual maps of the games.  not exactly everyone will start out with a sweet start all the time, and no exactly everyone gets the best sectors all the time.  and to say the truth??  sometimes this game is quite unfair, and there's a lot of unbalance in the moo2 map rolls. 

so, the best way to win, is to choose the appropriate race, and to play it out as best as possible. 
 
 

strong picks:

well, the best way to win at this game is custom races.  and there's a lot of good, strong race picks that makes the most differences in gameplay. 

these race picks are in order of strength, or at least, the way i feel about them. 

unification

creative

lithovore

aquatic

tolerant

subterranean

democracy

omniscient

warlord

telepathic


custom races and race pick strategies: 

these are good races that are known to work, of course, any race is good as long as the key components are there.  and also, the smaller the map, the more homeworld advantages help, and the bigger the map, the more race advantages help.  for example, in medium ladder, uni sub aqua with rich & large homeworld works out nicely, where as in large, it is preferable to have the same race with +1 production over rich & large homeworld.

but sometimes, having two homeworld advantages doesn't help that much either, especially if you would use a homeworld as your main building colony, yet if you have an artifacts there, it would be wasted for the time being when you are building ships. 

unification government

       tolerant, +1 production, large

       aquatic, +1production, +50% growth, rich, large

       aquatic, subterranean, +50% growth or +1 production

       subterranean, +1 food, +1 production, large

       creative, aquatic, large

       aquatic, omniscient, artifacts, rich, large

       aquatic, telepathic, rich, large 

democracy government

       lithovore, rich, large

       aquatic, +1 BC

       creative, aquatic 

regular government

       subterranean, lithovore, +50% growth, large

       subterrnean, aquatic, +100% growth, rich, large

       tolerant, lithovore

       tolerant, +1 food, +2 production

       aquatic, +100% growth, +2 production, rich, large

       creative, aquatic, +1 production, artifacts, large

       creative, lithovore, rich

       telepathic, lithovore, artifacts, large

       telepathic, feudal, aquatic, rich, +50 ship offense, omniscient 

the universal races of moo2 are unitolerant, and demolithovore. 

notes to follow:

when choosing a race, it's preferable to choose multipliers, especially if the map is quite big.

the mutlpliers sequence-

for tech races: democracy, lithovore, subterranean, +money, +research, artifacts

for production races: unification, tolerant, aquatic, +production, +food, rich homeworld 

universal multiplier is +growth.  also, artifacts is a less preferable pick without large homeworld. 

negative picks:

normally, the best negative picks to choose are repulsive, -ground combat, and -ship defense for maximum pick points available.  if you can't choose repulsive, then choose a race like unification and aquatic, and get -food and -spy instead for negative picks. 

the worst five picks:

uncreative-

the inability to choose good technologies hurts a race more than anything else.  i never tried to beat an ai with this pick yet. 

feudal-

the inability to tech at regular speeds hurts a lot in keeping up with other races.  but nevertheless, feudal can beat an ai 

cybernetic-

this pick is deadly.  it is only good with a race that is tolerant.  but this race makes colonies harder to choose, since you cannot colonize certain poor or ultra poor colonies without the right building techs such as robo-miners.

also, the reason why this pick is in my 5 worst picks list, is because if a cybernetic colony is blockaded, the race does not build at all, because it thinks of production as food.  this pick is only good for ship repair. 

-money-

this pick sucks because to play efficiently in a game you need to build, and all buildings have costs to keep up with.  the reason why this pick sucks is because it restricts a player from making big fleets beyond the command points availabilty. 

-growth-

this pick hurts a lot in the beginning, 40-50 turns in average game and 20-30 turns more in prewarp games.  but this -growth problem can be fixed by getting cloners as soon as possible.  it is preferable that you also choose this type of pick only with tolerant. 

lowg gravity-

this pick is almost as bad as -growth.  in all moo2 maps, all the systems are basically normal gravity.  then there are some high gravity planets, but lowg gravity planets have the least existence.  so it is harder to play lowg gravity races than high gravity races.  basically, lowg gravity races mean -ground comabt, and -25% performance for the empire, considering you colonize all other worlds as normal gravity with exception of homeworld being lowg gravity.  otherwise, you can fix the gravity problems once you get gravity generator.

what hurts most about this race, is the -25% performance.  the best way to compensate for the -25% performance until gravity generators are discovered, is to choose a pick such as lithovore with it. 
 
 

game setup differences:

normally, whatever race you choose would matter on game setup.

the smaller the map, the more homeworld advantages help.  the bigger the map, the more race advatages help.

that concept is the same thing with tech age. example: advanced game is a democracy haven. 

it's best to play at impossible levels, because then you get more monsters worlds.

monster worlds are essential in the game of moo2. 

prewarp age works out nicely for tech races, and growth races.

average tech age is basically what most of the strategies involved in this faq would be about.

advaced tech age is all about strategy, and i dont like playing those.  plus they take away half the fun in game of building an empire. 

growth and production races are the most basic races in this game.

they can exist in any map size and do well.

tech races are better off in bigger maps, since they stay out of contact a little bit longer then. 

the galaxy richness matters.  i seriously recommend that you never play an average rich galaxy, it will spoil all the fun out of moo2.  almost as if beat it out.  mineral rich age is great for building fast, while organic rich age is great for growing fast.   

random helps out ai a lot.

antarans supposedly crash mutlplayer games, especially when they attack colonies.  i never checked it out though.

i prefer tactical combat over strategic combat.  tactical combat is another half fun of moo2.  strategic combat prevents you from scouting surrounding colonies, you need to use outposts to scout.  but strategic combat makes ais incredibly harder.  in strategic combat, the numbers make the most difference.  in tactical combat, the ingenuity of a player makes the most difference. 
 
 

startup strategy:

basically, this is strategy for as soon as the game starts. 

colony bases:

when the game starts, first thing you do is build two colony bases in your homeworld.

as long as the planets are small poors or better, i go ahead and colonize them.

normally, i go ahead and build colony bases if they can be made within 13 turns or less, always if it's a unification race.

if my race requires food, i go ahead and make a freighter first before the colony bases, so i do not have to worry about them later.

depending on race, you could actually tech research labs first, then get reinforced hulls and automated factories, then build the colony bases.  it really depends how you play, but i prefer the 2 colony bases first.

once you get the colony bases made, start researching for research labs.

normally, only time i tech first then build colony bases, is when i have a good tech race that techs fast. 

research:

now, you could either house at your new colonies, or you could start saving up production.

if you save up production, then you could pop in the research labs on top of saved production when you discover them.  the saving production idea in the startup game helps build faster with lesser pop.  it takes  about 9 turns to build research labs or automated factories with a unification race i believe.

i normally save production everywhere except my homeworld where i house, while im teching reseach labs.

then i pop in the research labs everywhere, and keep researching reinforced hulls, and then finally automated labs.  on my colonies, after the research labs are done, i still keep saving production until i get automated factories.

once i get automated factories discovered, i pop in the factories everywhere on top of saved production, and start housing everywhere once automated factories are done.

if you instead house everywhere from beginning, and build research labs and automated factories as you discover them without saved production, then you could gain a good 5-7 extra pop i believe, depending on race. 

landing the 1st colony ship:

when you are about to land the 1st colony ship, you may want to land it on a 2+ planets system.

it's best to look around first, and then land it where you think it is suitable.

sometimes, it's hard to find a good system around, and you may have to op once or twice to find a decent system.  if you op more than once, then you may have as well lost the game, and it might be a good idea to ask for a restart of game.  sometimes just opping twice could mean loss of game.

that's why sometimes it doesn't hurt to colonize 1 planet system, especially if it is a good planet, such a natives planet.  nevertheless, landing the planet, really depends on your race.  it saves valuable time of building ops,

that you could had used instead to research.

some telepathic players land their 1st colony ship right in the same system as the home system, though i do not recommend that. 

what's next?:

there's a lot of paths to follow after the startup game is completed.

you could expand, do a tele/creative blitz, go after monsters, etc. 
 
 

teching strategy and timeline:

just about all the techs available in this game are tradeoffs.

the way ill describe the techs to reseach, will be in tech combos. 

t20

research labs, reinforced hulls, automated factories.

biospheres, cloning centers or soil enrichment

t50

space academies, battle pods

fusion rifles or fusion beamers, battle scanners

neural scanners, super planetary computers

spaceports or fighter garrison, robo-miners

t90

augmented engines, ion drives or ion pulse cannons

deuterium fuel cells, merculite missiles, atmospheric renewers, zortium armor (regular path)

tritanium armor, pollution processors (blitz/monster path)

deuterium fuel cells, merculite missiles, pulson missiles, zortium armor (tolerant path)

tritanium armor, mass drivers, inertial drivers, warp dissipators (quick warpd path)

mass drivers, intertial drivers, warp disspators

t125+

emg missiles, autolabs or cybertronic computers

personal shields or stealth sutis, warp interdictor

neutron blasters or neutron scanners, gravity generatos or tractor beams, jump gates

antimatter drives, transporters

android workers, galactic cybernets

moleculatric computers

and it just keeps on going like this!!! 

normally, you tech the basics first- research labs, reinforced hulls, automated factories.

after that, you either go cloning center/soil enrichment path, or super planetary path, or robo-miners path.

if you need to explore, you could also get deuterium fuel cells before choosing one of these paths.

if you need quick early defense, or want to blitz, or nab a few monsters, you could go the pollution processors path. 

importance of the regular technologies: 

research labs-

this is teh first technology you always want to research, without these, it would be harder to research other things.

it provides +5 research and +1 research per pop. 

reinforced hulls-

you need this to increase the hull points on any ships.  without these, it would be easier for enemies to blow away your ships easily. 

automated factories-

you need this to build things faster, since it provides +5 production and +1 production per pop.

after building these, you may want to build your 2nd colony ship. 

deuterium fuel cells:

if you want to explore a bit further, you may want these, but you don't have to get these right away.

also, getting tritanium armor, or fuel cells, you get missile upgrade mods, that let you configure your nukes to heavy armored, or fast missiles. 

biospheres:

it is better to get biospheres over hydroponics, because biospheres give you 2 extra pop at every colony.

with these extra pop you could make more food than bydropnics, better yet, you could use the extra pop as you like. 

cloning centers:

depending on your race, you may want this to expand your pop faster.  and normally, this is better than choosing +growth for race picks.  you want these for sublithovore, or tollithovore, or unisubterranean, or uniaquatic races. 

soil enrichment:

if you do not make 4+ food per pop at your homeworld,. then you want these.  normally, unification races already add extra food, and sometimes you do not need these for unification races.  no food requiring, or lesser food requiring (cybernetic) don't require these either. 

neural scanners:

this adds +10 to all spy activities. 

super planetary labs:

this is like research labs, but better.  it gives +10 base research, and provides +2 research per pop. 

spaceports:

this increases the empire BC income at wherever this is built, by +50% more revenue.  anything built after this, helps you make more money. 

robo-miners:

this is automated factories, but better.  it gives +10 base production, and provies +2 production per pop. 

augmented engines:

this adds a good +5 movement to all ships.  it also provides better defense against beaming weapons. 

ion drives:

you need these drives, so you could move at speed of 4 parsecs per turn. 

space academies:

you CANNOT SURVIVE WITHOUT THESE.  you need these to build any type of ships, especially if they are BEAMING WEAPONRY ships.  

these upgrade the crew of any ship being built at a colony from green status to regular status.

regular status means +10 both ship beam offense and defense.

these also increase a ship's status by the turns, as a ship is docked at a colony with these.

i'm not sure what the algorithm is though for how the crews are upgraded per turns. 

fusion rifles:

you need these to protect your colonies from ground attacks.  it gives +10 ground combat. 

fusion beamers:

you need these to fight creative races, especially if the creative races have shields on their ships. 

this is probably the best weapon to fight a creative with in early games, because fusion beamers have the enveloping modification, that can be easily used to wear down any shields on all sides. 

battle scanners:

you NEED these also, because this adds a +50 beam offense to any ships these are put in. 

tritanium armor:

these are teh best early game armor available.  it adds a +10 ground combat also.  it increases the hull and structure points on a regular titanium ship by 2 times. 

pollution processors:

these reduce the pollution to 50%.  these are great if you are going to blitz an enemy, because you could use automated factories, and pollution processors in your homeplanet to build full-figured battleships in about 15 turns, and cruisers in 10 turns. 

merculite missiles:

these are better missiles than nuclear.  by time you get zortium armor, you get full mods on these.  these missiles cause a good 14 damage while a nuclear missile makes only 8 damage. 

if you get either pollution processors, or these missiles, you get full mods on nuclear missiles, so you could use mirved nuclears missiles to take out monsters. 

also, these are a creative's best buddy, because it upgrades the missile bases. 

atmospheric renewers:

these reduce the pollution to 25%.  these are better than pollution processors.

otherwise, these are quite cumulative with pollution processors. 

pulson missiles:

these are better missiles than merculite.  these make a good 20 damage per missile, and they are faster, and harder to shoot down.

normally, only time i get pulson missiles, if when i choose pollution processor path, and even then maybe, or when i am tolerant. 

zortium armor:

these is the best armor to get in midgame games.  for early game you need tritanium armor.  these also adds a +15 to ground troops, and they take 2 hits to go down also i believe.

it increases the hull and structure points on a regular titanium ship by 4 times.

also, if you are a creative, you reach tolerant status by researching zortium armor, and you also get a +1 production per pop race bonus. 

mass drivers:

these are the best early beaming weapon.  it does not lose damage when shot, and you can get armor piercing modification on these.   

inertial stabilitzers:

these add turn movement to ships, and also provide a good +50 beam defense. 

warp dissipators:

these are one of the most deadly weapons, because with these on the battle arena, enemy ships cannot retreat.

these help most in the missile warfare, where you shoot all your missiles, and run for it, while the enemy ships just stay waiting their ultimate fate. 

emg missiles:

these are also very deadly, because these causes missiles to target all damage to a ship's drives.

so, using emg missiles, you could use 2 mirved nuclear missiles to fully destroy a zortium armored battleship with reincforced hulls.  it takes 1 mived merculite missile to do the same thing.  only drawback is, it increases the weight of the missile a lot, and if you do not have enough defense missiles in front of the emg missile, the missile could easily get blasted away in space.

emg missiles are quite cumulative with warp dissipators. 

cybertronic computers:

these add +100 beam attack to all ships being made.  cybertronic is quite cumulative mass drivers with full modifications. 

autolabs:

these provide a 30 rps in every colony where these are built.  these are great if you have a lot of colonies to build these on. 

timeline:

normally, a game is over by t125 or so, because by then people start fighting each other like crazy.

by t25, if you haven't landed your 1st colony ship, then you might want a restart

by t55, a telepathic race blitz.

by t60, you want to think of early blitz defense

by t70, you may want to think of building a defense

by t90, you may want to have some sort of a defense, possibly a battleship.

by t110, upto galactic cybernets can be researched by some people.

by t120, if you do not have any battleships yet, you may as well quit the game.

by t160, if you leave a democracy race alone, then you are as well as fried chicken with ranch sauce.

by t200, all production and research techs can be done researched. 
 
 

colonization strategy

this part will include information about how to expand, and do other sorts of colony things. 

building colony ships:

you get your 1st colony ship for free in average tech games.

to build your 2nd colony ship, it's best to build it after getting automated factories.

to build your 3rd colony ship, it's best to build it after getting cloning centers or soil enrichment.

after that, you could figure out when to build colony ships as needed. 

of course, with certain races, such as unitolerant, it may be a wise idea to build and expand first, and then tech later on.  and then expand as colony ships are needed. 

rich planet expansion:

normally, it's best to expand off the richest planet in a system.  this way you can build faster, and with fewer pop. 

natives world:

if you find a natives world, then you may want to colonize it, even though, it's a little bit slow to grow pop in natives world.  natives world farmers give a good +2 farming per pop, and they can be multiplied with government.

natives are treasure chests to tolerant races, and other unification races. 

one man housing:

basically, when you house, it's best to house with one person, especially if you are a polluting race.

also, normally most people do not house till they get automated factories, because they save production in the beginning of game to easy build research labs and automated factories. 

max populating:

just because most people save production in the beginning, doesn't mean you have to also.  you could gain a few extra pop of 5-7 by housing since beginning of game, and building things as techs are discovered.

the fastest way to gain pop, is keep all colonies not full.  that way all colonies will pop even though some colonies may be building somethign or saving production.

did you ever notice how empty colonies pop incredibly fast??

the only colonies that i might consider keeping full, are the battleship factory colonies, or an artifacts planet. 

saving production:

to save production, after building something for a few turns, simply take the building off and put housing in.

this way, the turns used to build something will be saved, until you put in another thing to be built.

you could put trading goods too instead if you do not want to house.

but please make sure you don't cheat while you are trading goods. (credit cheat) 

outposts:

outposts help you expand further, and let's you explore further.

but, if you build and outpost first on a colony, and then build a colony ship or base on the outposted planet, it changes the outpost into a marine barracks.

basically, that means if you want to avoid wasting time for building marine barracks on a colony, just build an outpost first on a planet, then put down the colony ship or base.

these tactic works great with regular and feudal races, because every new colony requires a marine barracks before you can build anything else. 

poor planets:

what is so great about poor planets???  what is so great about ultra poor planets????

what is so great about them???  they can't build anything!!

but, they can be easily used as research planets, farming planets, and they can be used to build housing and expand pop! 

android workers:

android workers are the best type of androids out there, if you ever get that far in a game.

android workers provide a good +3 production per pop, and can be multiplied by government.

they each require one production to sustain.

these guys are also tolerant, in case you didn't know that.

so if you are a polluting race, and want to make a tolerant battleship factory, then on a monster or rich planet, make all the population android workers, and take out all your regular pop, and the planet will become tolerant just like that.

since these guys are tolerant?  they also add extra space to certain planet types, but it doesn't let you increase your regular population, since the extra space can only be used by android workers. 

easy build with robo-miners:

once you get robo-miners, you could use 3-4 pop to easy build everything that is not much important (production and research buildings) if you are a unification race, and 5-6 pop if you are a regular race.

what's so great about this technique??  you could use all your other pop to research, while you easy build.

not even that, with easy build, you can build all your starbases in about 10 turns. 

population marks:

normally, you know you are doing very well in game, if you have 100 pop by t100. 

what my build que list would look like if the game advanced upto autolabs:  

automated factories

marine barracks (dictatorship/feudal races)

robo-miners

space ports (you get money for building everything after this)

cloning centers (if the planet is empty)

pollution processors (blitz races)

atmospeheric renewers (polluting races)

autolabs  (30 rps per turn)

research labs

superplanetary computers

missile bases (creative races)

warp interdictors (only needed at 1 colony in a system)

biospheres

star base

space academies (if it's going to be a battleship/beamer ship factory colony)

marine barracks (unification/democracy races)

radiation shields (creative races)

fighter garrison (creative races)

housing 
 
 

ship construction:

before you build any ship i seriously recommend you build a space academy first. 

essential components:

well, now it depends what type of ships you are making.  here are some essential ship components, that you want to put into your ship as soon as you have them. 

reinforced hulls:

these increase the hulls points by 3 times.  these are essential on big ships, and certain small ships. 

heavy armor:

normally, most people do not get heavy armor, but instead get automated factories.  creative races use heavy armor instead of reinforced hulls.

heavy armor is the same thing as reinforced hulls, but armor piercing weapons cannot pierce through heavy armor. 

battle pods:

these are very essential to any ship, because they not only add more space to a ship, you could gain extra speed with these on a ship by leaving the ship empty. 

augmented engines:

these guys are great, because these increase your ship speed.  so with these, sometimes it's easier to run away from enemy missiles.  also they help you raise your ship beam defense. 

battle scanners:

these are a must on all ships that have beam weapons.  why??  it is because of the same type of reason you must have space acadamies before you build any ships.  these guys increase the beam offense of a ship by 50%. 

inertial stabilizers:

these are must on all ships, because these components help increase all ship beam defense by 50%.  these also help ships turn more. 

warp dissipators:

these guys are great, because these components stop enemy fleet from retreating as long as one of your ships have warp dissipators on them.

what most people do, is use warp dissipators to stop enemy from running, while you shoot all your missiles, and retreat all your big battleships.  this way, the enemy cannot fire your battleships, but they still lose all their ships because they cannot run away from the missiles, until they shoot down the ship with the warp dissipator. 

extended fuel tanks:

i believe these help increase the range of a ship's travel, by about 2 parsecs.  you will need these to go after an enemy if you do not have good fuel cells. 

other option, is to build outposts, and moving on like that.

normally, i never put these in my battleships, so i could get maximum space on a battleship to put firepower into them.  i use these only on scouters. 

building ships:

well, now that we have the few components summarized, building ships depends on how you want to attack an enemy.

normally, whenever you take any ships, it is a good idea to take a few little ships along also. 

scouters: (frigates)

extended fuel tanks

battle pods

augmented engines 

warp dissipator scouters:

battle pods

augmented engines

warp dissipator

reinforced hulls (if it's a destroyer instead of frigate) 

monster killers: (frigates)

battle pods

1x 1 fast nuclear missile

1x 1 fast mirved nuclear missile

1x 1 fast mirved nuclear missile 

creative monster killers: (destroyers)

battle pods

1x 1 interceptor with either fusion beamer or mass driver upgrade

note: speed must be 18+ and you do need fusion drives 

any battleships:

battle pods

reinforeced hull

augmented engines

inertial stabilizer

battle scanners (beam ships)

warp dissipator (if you want to be mean and ruthless)

7-9+ pd beam weapons with full modifications (beam ships)

a lot of regular beam weapons (beam ships)

a fair amount of heavy regular beam weapons (beam ships)

twice the amount of mirved missiles, put in regular fast armored missiles to protect the mirv missiles

good amount of mirved fast armored missiles

maybe about 2-4 emg mirved fast armored missiles (make sure they are protected by best regular fast armored missiles!!)

note: emg missiles are useless against ground targets and star bases.  emg missiles work best only against ships.  so if you have emg missiles on a ship, it's best to have no mirved missiles on there, except protective fast armored missiles in front of those emg missiles.  emg missile ships are enemy ship killers, that's all. 
 
 

battle strategy:

these are some strategies about how to fight an enemy, etc, and how to build ships etc. 

f9 button:

what does this do??

It tells the distance between two systems. 

It's good for colonizing, and also planning on attacks.

It helps you figure out where you need to build outposts.

By the way!!  Also try out f1 and f3 buttons while you'íre at this!!! 

space academies:

YOU CANNOT SURVIVE BEAM WEAPON WARFARE WITHOUT THESE. 

wormhole to enemy:

if there is a wormhole near you that leads right away to an enemy, it's best to save some production at every colony, so that in case the enemy does come through the wormhole, you should be able to build some quick defense ships.

sometimes, it's never a bad idea to blitz the enemy yourself, using the pollution processors path. 

teleblitz:

why, it's quite simple.

you research the basics, use the pollution processors path next.  build a cruiser and go take over enemy.

if you want, you could build a battleship too, but do make sure you attack before t60. 

creative defense:

normally, creative is a slow race, but they have nice defense all the time, because of missile bases.

if you think you may get pranced on early in game, it doesn't hurt to use pollution processors path after getting cloning centers.  otherwise, i would get deuterium fuel cells, and explore, while i take super planetary labs path. 

full modifications:

to get any full modifications for a certain ship weapon, you have to research in the tech's tree 2 more levels.  this way you get a 3 level refinement (1st level was getting the weapon) on the weapon, and you get full modifications for it. 

laser warfare:

before you build a battleship, make sure you have space academies built at the battleship factory first.

then before you even put the weapons into the ship, make sure you have full modifications on all beam weapons you are putting in.

also do not forget to put in the battle scanners.  those are very essential, as much as space academies. 

missile warfare:

well, you just want some fast armored missiles in the first four volleys.

then in the next four volleys you want fast armored mirved missiles.

if you like, you could put in two volleys of emg fast armored mirved missiles instead of the regular four mirved missiles.

you do not need space academies for missile ships, but it is a good idea to build space academies first, because

what if you had to refit the ship from missiles to beam weapons??  then space acadamies would definitely help. 

runaway scouters:

with missile warfare, it is good idea to carry around little runaway scouters.

what basically this means, is that while you keep moving the runaway scouter away from the enemy, you shoot all the missiles on your regular ships, and then you retreat your regular ships.

this way what happens is, that the missiles will still go after the enemy as long as you have at least one ship on the  battle arena.

even better, have a warp dissipator scouter along with your runaway ship, so the enemy cannot runaway. 

boarding:

if you happen to have higher ground troop combat level than the enemy, then you might want to board an enemy ship every now and then. 

this technique normally works best against star bases, because they are always immobile.

boarding is great, because you can easily steal enemy ships this way.

this technique also always works against ai star bases, because the ai never hits unarmed ships carrying big mean ruthless marines. 

raiding:

raiding is the same thing as boarding.

the enemy has to be immobilized otherwise you cannot raid them.

what raiding does is destroy enemy ship structures instead of taking over the ship.

if you get lucky, maybe one of those gunshots will hit the enemy ship's drive's warp core, and cause the ship to explode. 

ship repair:

in case you didn't know, all ships at your colonies or outposts get repaired right away.

this doesn't include returning ships though, who may get attacked the moment they arrive back to home.

but, you could always attack an enemy, and build a outpost into their system, and get your ships repaired the next turn.

it takes one turn to repair any ship.  normally, they repair the moment they return to your bases.

if you have advanced automated repair, then the ships can repair themselves anywhere without having to come back to a base. 

scrap and tech:

if you have an enemy ship captured, and if it happens to have a certain technology that you do not have, then take the ship to one of your colonies, and scrap it through the fleets screen.  it will give you new technologies right away from the enemy ships. 

blockade:

what's so great about blockade??  it slows the enemy down because teh enemy cannot buy things then.

what's more great about blockade, is that it doesn't let the enemy population to leave the system, or let anyone into the system.

but that's nothing, this blockade includes all food transports too.  that means, people in the enemy colonies who do not have enough food, colonists will die every turn.

of course, you cannot blockade without declaring war first.

this strategy works best against creative races. 

suicide:

why would i want to commit suicide like the evil mr jim jones says??

well, it's quite easy.  take this example.

i'm playing a tournament with four people in the game, and suddenly i find a creative race prance on me.

now if i know that i have no chances against my enemy, and it wouldn't help me much to play the game, since i will lose anyway, at least what i could do is kill off all my population so the creative enemy cannot take over my empire, and that the other two players in the game will have better chances of winning.

a creative race with a big empire is simply unstoppable, so it is best that you kill off all your population before you ai in the game. 

the quick easy to way to commit suicide-

fill up the smallest colony in a system with as many people it can handle.  then move all the other population into this small full colony from the other colonies in the same system.  it will ask you then, do you want to move all population even though the smaller colony is already full, and say yes.  et voila, all the population you just transported from the bigger colonies to the smaller colony in the system dies instantly. 

to do this suicide, you do not require freighters at all. 

the harder way to commit suicide-

okay, you need to commit suicide on a system that doesn't have any more small full colonies.

well, simply move all the population in the colony to farming, then check and see how many freighters you have available to move people out first.  move these people out to another system, to a small full colony, and when it asks the question, when the people will arrive, they might die off, still send them or not?  say yes.

the moment these colonists leaving arrives at the other system, will die off since that colony cannot handle anymore people.

after this, if you still have a few more people left in the colony??  make them research instead of doing anything else.  you do not need them to farm, because if they need to be killed off anyhow.

remember, you do not want to transport too many people, so that other colonies cannot receive food through transports anymore. 

committing suicide works best when playing against creative and telepathic races.

also, suicide is a good strategy if you are about to ai while you are in a war.  normally, most KALI hardcore moo'ers do not take over enemies that are not in war.

what's great about suicide, is that the enemy will not be able to expand their empire off your hardworking back.

also, suicide is the only strategy, where a tiny planet ever makes any difference in game, and is important. 

selling buildings:

selling buildings in a colony is almost the same thing as committing suicides. 

if you know that the enemy is coming to take over a system, or colony, then you may want to sell the structure in the colony, before the enemy takes it over.  this way you could make money off selling colony structures, but you will make more tax money also, since you do not have to pay for maintenance.

you could also sell buildings, simply if you do not require them anymore, or to decrease taxes.

you can only sell 1 building at a turn. 

hidden ships with refit que:

did you ever know that you could actually hide ships??  even big fleets if you wanted to?

basically, after a ship is built, and is fully complete, refit the ship into the same type of ship.

this way, the refit will only take 1 turn to build, and you won't have to save production to rebuild the ship.

then what you do, is that you simply put a different type of building on top of the refit in the build que, so that you could save production, while the ship still stays in the colony with the refit que.

this way, not only can you hide ships from an enemy, but you can also decrease ship maintenance costs, and keep your taxes lower.

drawbacks??

if the enemy takes over the colony, then your ship is gone along with it.

if the enemy destroys the starbase, then your ship is gone.

if the enemy destroys the starbase with spying, then your ship is gone again.

also, the ship in refit does not increase it's crew status, since the ship is not available outside to gain ship crew points from the space academies. 

marine barracks:

you need to build marine barracks first thing in an enemy colony taken over.

why??  because otherwise the ground troops that you just landed on the enemy colony will tire out, and the enemy colonists wil rebel and kill off your marines on the colony.

if you have marine barracks on the enemy colony, then your marines will not tire out and give up. 

alien mangament center:

you need these to assimilate enemy population into your empire at a good speed.  these make the assimilation process twice as faster. 
 
 

fighting monsters:

why fighting monsters is quite easy.

use the frigate stucture mentioned above in ship structure, and use this many of these sorts of frigates to attack a monster with.

the destroyers mentioned here are the creative monster killing destroyers mentioned earlier 

monster type number of frigates needed number of destroyers needed

amoeba   6   1

eel   6-8  monster cannot be killed

crystal   8   2

dragon   10  monster cannot be killed

hydra   13   3 

note: make sure you have ship initiatives on otherwise you cannot kill any monsters. 
 
 

miscellaneous moo2:

these are little stuff in moo2 that helps if you know them.

to understand how the population and colony sizes work, simply place the planet size for the x. 

planet sizes: (or x values)

1-      Tiny

2-      Small

3-      Medium

4-      Large

5-      Huge 

colony sizes:

colony type multiplier

gaia  5x

terran  4x

arid  3x

swamp  2x

others  (x+1) while (tiny=1x) 

tolerant colony sizes:

colony type multiplier

gaia  5x

terran  5x

arid  (4x+1) while (tiny=4x)

swamp  (3x+1) while (tiny=3x)

others

       tiny x+2

       small x+2

       medium 2x

       large 2x

       huge 2x+1 

aquatic colony sizes:

this pick upgrades tundra and swamps to terran, and

ocean and terran environments to gaia. 

subterranean colony sizes:

this pick increases all colony sizes by +2x.   

regular food per pop:

planet type food per pop

gaia  3

terran  2

arid  1

swamp  2

ocean  2

tundra  1

desert  1

barren  0

radiated  0

toxic  0 

note: remember that aquatic upgrades the food status of all the planets it upgrades. 

pollution algorithm:

pollution = (production - 2x) / 2 where x is the planet size 

creating custom ais:

to create custom ais is quite easy. 

first, start up a hotseat game and create as many races as you would like.

then, after the game starts, save the game on first turn.

go start new game in multiplayer network game, an load the save you just made.

choose the race that you would like to play, and start the game without any other player joining the game.

and voila, after the first turn, the save turns into a one-player game.

normally, if you do not have a network, you should still be able to start up a network game is you use windows moo2. 
 
 

kali moo2 bugs: 

1. Last Race: clicking on last race freezes game.  

2. Anataran Bug: when the Antarans attack games freezes.  

3. Credit Cheat: whenever you build anything, if you dont put anything after teh que list,

you get money paid to you for building something. So you get 2 things (construction and

money) for the price of 1 (construction). To cancel out Credit cheat, simply put housing at

end of build que list, or put a build on repeat. If you put trading after a que list, the credit

cheat still takes place.  

4. Leader Bug: whenever you don't have any ships, and you click on ship leader tab in

leaders screen, game freezes.  

5. Artifacts Bug: whenever you find an artifacts planet, you better end your turn right

away before anyone else, otherwise that arti planet will dissappear. This includes

monster planets too.  

6. Colony Button: sometimes when you click with mouse on the colony button in the

middle, game freezes.  

7. Loading save & clicking name: sometimes when you load a save game, and if you click

with mouse on the middle of your emperor name, the game freezes. Click on the race

shield to avoid this.  

8. Switching People: when you switch people around from a colony to another colony in

same system, say you have a pop clicked on, and youre about to move him to the next

colony, but you press escape before you do that, that pop will dissappear in the colony

that your mouse was on. And that pop wont be recognized in the game at all. So when you

are at the colony screen, do not press escape before putting down a pop someplace. To

fix the problem, just click on your pop in the certain planet where the bug is taking place.  

12. Automated Factories: if you move your mouse on top of the automated factories in the

planet screen, the game freezes.  

9. Battle Screen Edge: sometimes the game freezes, when you take your ships during a

battle, to the edge of teh battle screen. I have only encountered this problem when using

battleships.  

10. Double Monsters: sometimes there are more than one monster at a monster planet, so

after you destroy the first one, there's a second or third stronger monster also at the same

system.  

11. Ressurrection: sometimes when you fight a monster, and after you win, the next turn

the whole battle ressurects. And you fight the monster again with the same fleet you had at

teh first fight, except the monster fighting again is only stronger. Random might have

something to do with this. Don't know.  

13. Soil bug: after you finish building soil enrichment on a colony, then when you try to

move people from farming to other jobs in colony, sometimes the soil enrichment bonus

dissappears. To correct problem, go to the planet screen, double click on farming to see

how much farming is done, then in the colony screen/planet screen, double click on the

farmers. 
 
 

Cheat Codes: 

To execute the PC codes you must hold ALT button while typing.  I'm not sure about how to do the mac codes.  

PC Codes:

canbeonly1 -alter the counil vote

crunch -finishes building assignment

einstein -gives you all tech

events -disable random events

iseelall -omniscience

menlo -complete current research project

moola -1000 BC

score -see your present score  

Macintosh Codes:

asimov -forces game to play itself

bell -reveals races for diplomatic relations

davinci -omniscience

edison -gives you all tech

finish -complete current construction project [colony screen]

gates -completes current research project

intel -antarans attack

score -see your present score

trump -1000 BC