I just bought GalCiv3 Crusade, have never played any GalCiv game before, and am totally baffled by it. I can't seem to figure out how to do things that seem like they should be quite easy, like growing a planet. It says I need food to build a city, I build a farm, and it still says I need more food. I find an alien race, and sometimes I can talk to them, sometimes I can't.
This game truly seems ridiculously opaque.
Where can I go for some good info on how to actually do shit in this game?
This is a good place to start, we've had several discussions about what to do for beginners in the previous threads. Have you played any 4x style games previously?
I recommend reading the manual. Its outdated, but it at least gives you mind of an idea on how to play the game. You need five food. I dont play carbon, but I think farms only produce three. I also recommend watching a couple of play through's. in order to talk to people you need universal translator. Steam also has some outdated guides.
First thing I build is factories. I start researching this first. Use surveys ships, or a colony ship first.
One advantage is that there are many approaches that can work, and with a multitude of available races different approaches are needed. You can and should try different methods to see what works and what works better. I wouldn't focus on cities at the start, but rather use your excess population to fill colony ships and claim new planets. That implies that you are making more colony ships and have some scouting/survey ships to find new real estate. Factories are nice, but anything improvement that gives extra production is significant, and anything that increases raw production is awesome.
There's a good thread discussing strategies- https://forums.galciv3.com/499120/page/1/#3773571
Don't bother with food in the beginning. You will need that later to build cities. Each city will cost four food to construct. Each unimproved food tile equals one food.
What you should be thinking about is infrastructure and colonizing as many good quality planets that you can as soon as possible. People vary, but I think a good quality planet these days is size 10 or higher. You can backfill the smaller ones later.
Try to create rings of similar buildings to take advantage of adjacency bonuses.
That should get you started.
We have also been doing some updates on the GalCiv wiki. Whilst not done yet we are hoping to get more up to date information about our games on the wikis to prevent obfuscation.
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