Sins of a Solar Empire is often described as a 4XRTS game, or a game that tried to merge the action and tactics packed gameplay of a Real time strategy game with the deep, complex, empire wide strategy of a 4X turn based game. It's up to debate whether Sins succeeded in this goal, but I think all can agree that of the 4Xs of "explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate", Sins is much more focused on the exterminate than on the others. This mod seeks to give more depth to the other 3Xs of the game by adding additional game elements or refining the existing ones to reward players who give more strategic thought to the non-combat side of the game. Combat will still be the center point of the game, but players will find that the non-combat options available will be much more rewarding. Spying, exploring, sabotage, diplomacy, culture, and economic development have all been added or changed in innovative new ways. Regardless of what you think Sins is, this is the 4XRTS it should have been.
|Enhanced 4X Mod Beginners Guide||Post Reply|
|Jul 18 2012, 2:48am Anchor|
A quick list of things for new players to Enhanced 4X should know before playing the mod.
TEC Loyalists - Trader Emergency Cololition (TEC)
Racial and Faction Abilities
Before the game even starts, you'll make one of your most important decisions of the game, which race to play. This is much more important in Enhanced 4X than in unmodded (AKA Vanilla) Sins, for your selection will not just determine your research tree and ship choices. Each will also give you a specific set a bonuses, and your starting forces position and even your home world will be different for each race. To see which bonuses your race and subfaction have, check the two new tier 1 techs in the Diplomacy tree that are already researched (you can also see their explanation techs from the Faction Selection Menu).
In addition to possibly starting out with some different units and buildings depending on your subfaction, you'll also notice a special "Command Center" building, such as the Trader Defense Navy HQ, no matter who you play as. These invincible structures are used to summon your race's hero units, and its recommended you turn them off autocast and click on each to get to see their research prerequisites. More on Hero Units can be found here.
Tiers and Planet special abilities
Tier 0 - Asteroid and Dwarfs (unchanged)
Habitable class - Terran, Industrial and Agricultural
Random Encounters, Artifacts and Ancient Structures
As your scouts explore the galaxy, they may run into several new things. Random Encounters are probably the most noticeable; you and your other players are no longer entirely alone in the Galaxy. You may run into other groups, from militia owned mining colonies to Vasari pirate patrols, that will hinder your progress, but may provide their own rewards once defeated. You may also notice special invincible, captureable structures in other gravity wells besides neutral resource extractors. These structures can also be captured with colony frigates, and range from relatively mundane trade stations to mysterious Ancient Structures, technology left behind by a new extinct advanced race. They'll start out useless to you, but if you explore your planets you may find the ancient artifacts needed to power these structures (including 8 new artifacts and a bunch of new planet bonuses). Planet artifacts and bonuses are now much more common as well, making it more rewarding to explore.
Diplomacy and Espionage
When the time comes to start dealing with other factions, you'll find many new options available to you. The most important is embassies. You no longer have to build multiple envoy cruisers to get your relationship up with other players to get pacts. Instead, you can build one, and this one envoy is capable of building embassies at planets once you have a cease fire. These embassies do the job of the old envoy cruisers and do not take up fleet supply, so build embassies at all your allies' planets to help his war effort. Once you are done establishing embassies, you may then choose to give your envoys more dangerous espionage work, from deploying special spy probes to sabotaging enemy planets directly.
While frigates cannot receive upgrades, frigate factories have another use in that they can be used as emergency repair platforms, though they will be unable to build ships while they are repairing.
In other changes, bombers are no longer as good against structures and starbases. To make up for this, antistructure cruisers have been buffed with additional stacking debuffs, allowing them to both damage and weaken starbases. No starbase can now damage antistructure cruisers at max range, even with abilities. The Vasari have now been given a new antistructure unit, deployed from Minelayers after research. It is totally invulnerable to normal attacks, but if the minelayer leaves the gravity well or is destroyed it will be killed. Mines will also instantly kill it.
Edited by: GoaFan77
|Jul 21 2012, 9:36pm Anchor|
|Sep 16 2012, 6:38pm Anchor|
Updated with a few new things added in 1.45.
Updated for 1.5.
Edited by: GoaFan77
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