Age of Wonders: Planetfall by Triumph Studios

Pros and cons, and it depends.

I tend to have a large racially based army, meaning not alp of energy, so I don’t often need, nor can I usually afford, NPC armies.

I do sometimes accumulate influence and then drop it on getting 5 or 6 npc units, just as the enemy shows up at my “undefended” city.

Forward bases won a game for me this morning: I won via territory domination victory, and the reason I was able to

  1. See where the attacks were coming from before they hit and

  2. Make us of interior lines to shuttle defensive armies at speed

was due to my huge network of forward bases. They also meant that I got to fight the invaders before they hit my cities but- crucially- while still in my territory, allowing for me to go weapons free with strategic operations before my attacks.

I’m not saying it’s the only way to play, mind, but I am very happy with how things went, and recommend anyone skeptical of FBs to give them a shot.

EDIT: Also, if you are frustrated with fighting against low strategic ops chances of success, play the Syndicate and make sure every hero gets the cheapo upgrade that makes territories they are in more vulnerable to your spells. Suddenly they are very powerful and reliable indeed!

Did you make any forward bases that weren’t even connected to your main colony, and then work your way backwards to fill it in? Or just expanded outwards from within?

Oh man in my most recent game, what a rollercoaster.

I (Syndicate) expanded, got my 2nd city, lost it to independents, got a force to take it back, then noticed other peoples’ borders were getting closer, decided to take my whole army to the nearest AI, who was at war with another AI (Amazon,) and had her capital lightly defended.

i took that, and next turn I noticed she was in a strong army, next to my strong army, so I decided to try for it, seeing as I had her HQ.

Tough fight, but I killed her.

That was good, because with her capital I now had 3 cities, and about 5 empty cities.

I bought some with influence and took some others, then got a rude awakening from the east, near my capital, when 2 AIs declared war on me, and one (Amazon) invaded with a huge army.

I blunted them at my capital, hoping that after that they’d come after my other cities (sometimes I do the same, sometimes I entrench in a captured city) which they did.

Luckily my starting armies, now fully modded and experienced, were not there when my original HQ fell, so I was able to muster a tonne of Huntresses as cannon fodder and trap the 2nd Amazon AI’s army in an open battle, where force of numbers forced the matter.

I then grouped my guys together, and reclaimed my HQ, which was lightly defended, which should have been a warning, but I hadn’t seen 2 full AI stacks leave the city and go after my main cosmite city.

They showed up and all I had was a hero and my garisson defending.

12 units against 9.

Really bloody fight, which I cheesed :P by running away (after 5 turns no damage the fight ends.)

First time I have deliberately used cheese, and don’t worry, I’ll be reporting it to Triumph!

Anyway, my hero survived with 4 hp and the enemy has 2 units, with full health.

And that is when I saved the game and went for dinner.

Goodness, Voidtech Kir’ko were so friggin’ ridiculous it wasn’t even funny. I don’t think I’ve ever stomped on the AI so hard. I know Xenoplague and Psynumbra more directly synergize, but Frenzied Echo Walkers were insane early game and later Ravenous with the Voidtech mod that gives them +2 shields and +3 shields to units adjacent to them stacking with their own hive shields made them unstoppable. I think they were running around with something like 9 Armor and 11 shields or something absolutely stupidly good like that. They’d shrug off nearly any attack, only taking 2-3 damage tops.

And how many forward bases and other things could that buy?

Just wondering if everyone is seeing this:

You get victory splash screen and a female narrator reads the text, but over top of her talking initially is music blaring over her so you can’t hear until about half way thru when it calms down a bit.

I’ll pay attention the next time I win.

Campaign or Skirmish? I don’t remember a narrator in the victory screen?

You get a simple victory screen when you win a skirmish match. Not a cinematic or anything fancy, just a textbox with a voiceover.

Ah, okay, I just don’t recall it. I’ve only gotten a victory once, and it was in multiplayer. I wonder if the same thing happens in a multiplayer game.

It does, but it’s very forgettable (I’m not criticizing it, just describing it) so I’m not surprised. Pretty much an OK prompt you click on before it takes you to the score screen where you can see the graphs.

Ooooh, okay, yeah, that rings a bell. I think I just skipped past it with OK.

@easytarget I have the music turned off as I like to play this while I watch TV on the other monitor, so I can’t help with your sound level issue - I suggest posting in the official bug forum, so they can get it on their radar, in case no one else mentioned it before.

Ok, cool. It’s a minor thing, I just thought it was interesting they didn’t catch it. It came up again last night when I finished a 2x2x2 skirmish.

It may not be happening to everyone.

Well sure, which is why I was bringing it up here out of curiosity if you’ll had encountered it too.

FYI, I submitted at their forum to make them aware of it.

A fair few, obviously. But seeing as forward bases generate no economic value and can actually be taken and used against you, I still value them less than the troops in most scenarios. I don’t think forward bases are useless, you can throw a few down to build a highway.

I built a few last night near a heavily fortified city to see if I could draw them out. Got 2 stacks of the 5 that were sitting in city to bite and then had the opportunity to use my 2 stacks to take them out.

The AI didn’t seem that interested in run of the mill sectors necessarily, but the landmark they wanted back.

This is a a data point of 1 of course, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for what they’d be willing to come out and take back.

Edit: Oh, and I saved my cap with recruits I purchased from one of the NPCs 6 turns before doomsday finished. ;)

Terrific news!