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Expeditions and Merchants

Post by Guest on Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:24 pm


What is an expedition?

In every solar system you will see a new slot show up, slot 16 which will not be able to be colonized. At this slot and only this slot you can send your fleet on a mission called an expedition. While on an expedition several events can happen, which will be explained below, and then your fleet returns home. Before being able to send a fleet on an expedition you will have to do research to get an expedition, which will also be explained below.

What can happen on an expedition?

There are several things that can happen on an expedition, for example:

• Nothing (zero..nada...zip...not even fly-poo). Your fleet flies out there and stays there the amount of time and returns home with nothing to show for it’s journey.
• You find a resource in an asteroid field and are able to land on an asteroid and bring as much of that one resource you can carry home.
• You find some lost alien who gives you a container with dark matter (which can be traded for commander / officers) in it in exchange for some maps so he can find his way home.
• Your fleet meets some strange looking ships that attack it. Your fleet fights to save itself and is either destroyed or survives the attack. A Combat Report is created and then what is left of your fleet is sent back home.
• Your fleet makes a navigation-mistake and instead of the normal flight time to come back it will take longer.
• Your fleet wonders on the remains of a civilization and find some old ships laying around and brings them back.
• You find a merchant that will trade resources with you.

Please note: These are only EXAMPLES of what can happen. It is not an exhaustive list.

What do I need to get the research to send an expedition?

First to have the research available for expedition you need to have the following research at the appropriate levels:

Research Lab at Level 3
Espionage at Level 4
Impulse Engine at Level 3

Now you are able to research the expedition technology which the initial level costs:

4,000 Metal
8,000 Crystal
4,000 Deuterium

and doubles for each level.

How long are expedition missions?

The amount of time it takes to do an expedition varies but yet is stable at the same time. First you must figure out how long it takes for your fleet with it’s composition and engine technology to reach slot 16 and return, this is the same as though you would be sending it to any other slot in your solar system. Now that you have that you can add the time to the time you stay in the slot. Once at the slot the MAX time your fleet can stay in the slot is the level of your expedition technology. So for example if you have level 1 expedition technology you can stay 1 hour, level 2=2 hours, etc. However on the fleet launching screen you are given a chance to say how many hours you wish to have your fleet stay out for depending on your level. For example if you have level 3 you can stay out 1 hour, 2 hours, or 3 hours, it’s your choice. However the minimum time you can spend in the slot is 1 hour.

Note: It is better to send it out at the max time as you are more likely to find something rather than being sent home empty handed because the longer the fleet stays the higher is the chance that you find something. HOWEVER, it is also more likley that a negative event will occur (such as being attacked/fleet destruction).

Time to get to slot + Max Expedition Technology (or chosen time, at least 1 hour or more) + Time to return from the slot = Total time for expedition.

How many expeditions can you send?

The more expeditions that are sent to the same expedition-slot, whether by you or other players, the lower the chance of find something is. If reguarly used, a slot will reset itself eventually.

However you can send as many expeditions as you are allowed. The amount you are allowed is not the same as your computer tech. which is something that makes this mission different than other missions. It is based on the square root of your Expedition level. For example lvl 1 = 1 fleet, lvl 4 = 2 fleets, lvl 9 = 3 fleets, etc.

Square-root of expedition-research-level = number of expeditions you can send out.

Can slot 16 be phalanxed?

Flat out NO, the slot CANNOT be phalanxed. However, the planet in which the fleet is sent from can be phalanxed, thus making it able to crash fleets sent on an expeditions as they return home.

Can you tell me more about the alien/pirate attacks? Can I win? Can I harvest the debris field?

Sure I can tell you more about the alien/pirates attacks. The alien/pirates attacks generally seem to attack with half the amount of ships you send. The aliens will have 3 tech levels higher than you, whereas the pirates will have 3 tech levels lower. So if you send in a very diverse fleet you have a chance of having most of it come back, but no matter what you will undoubtedly lose some ships. Once the attack is over what’s left of your fleet heads for home. Unlike a regular fleet battle though you are unable to harvest the debris field as your crew seems to forget the location where the battle took place.

What type of ships can I find and how many?

You can find any ship apart from a Deathstar. What you find depends on the size, composition and structural integrity of your fleet, however there is also an element of luck. It does seem to be more likely that you will find smaller ships in larger number though e.g 10 esp probes or 1 battleship, but it is possible to find more.

The MAXIMUM resources that can be found is 2million - but this is rare. This is also said to depend upon the number of points the no.1 of the universe (so you will find less in a younger universe).

Any thing else you can tell me about the expeditions?

By sending an espionage probe with your fleet, you receive a message from the commanding officer of the expedition which will appear on the bottom of the expedition message stating something about the mission and/or how often the spot is seems to be visited.

Special Notes Regarding Uni42

In universe 42, expedition technology is replaced with "Astrophysics". Once you have researched Astrophysics you will see a new mission type in your fleet launch options. In addition, Slot 16 is no longer visible on the galaxyview. Instead you will see a link "Expedition" in the top menubar of the galaxyview, next to where you enter system co-ordinates. Click on this link, or manually enter the co-ordinates with slot 16 selected in the fleet menu, this will enable the expedition option from the fleet launch menu.


What is a Merchant?

The Merchant is baught with dark matter (or found on expeditions) and will trade resources with you.

What happens when I call a Merchant?

When you call the merchant, the merchant becomes available to you at any of your planets. The merchant will remain until you decide to trade or is replaced by another. You may only trade one resource to the merchant at a time, for example you can’t PAY metal and deut and receive crystal. You would have to trade metal and then call the merchant again to trade the deut, both times buying the crystal.

From the dropdown when calling a merchant, the resource selected is the resourse you will be PAYING to the merchant in exchange for the other two resources.

Click the 'Call a Merchant' button and then you are given more the option to can enter in the amount of resources of the materials you are purchasing and it will tell you how much it will cost in the resource being paid. Click submit and the transaction takes place and the merchant leaves.

What rates does the Merchant Trade at and why?

The merchant trades at or near the 3:2:1 ratio. It generally is within 0.6 of that range and the difference is not in your favor most of the time. The reason it charges you slightly different as it wants to make a profit just like a human, yet at the same time it is trying to make up for the unbalanced in the building which is supposed to be 3:2:1.

How much can you trade?

You can only receive as much as you have storage-capacity for and afford to trade for. For example say you have 1 million metal you want to trade, but you already have 100 crystal and no crystal-storage, you can only sell enough metal to buy 99,900 worth of crystal, because then the storage is full. You of course can only give away as much of the resources as you have on the planet, the merchant is smart and won’t let you take anymore of his resources than what you have payment or storage room for.

How much does he cost to call?

He costs 2500 Dark Matter to call to one planet. He will stay there as long as you have not completed the trade but his offer never changes so it is not worth keeping him there long unless your are waiting for a large amount of resources to come in.


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