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Guide 02: Miner Guide

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As you all know, AgeOfSpace (AoS) is a strategy game. Each player must make his own strategy, this guide contains only a few aspects what worth taking into consideration when selecting to play AoS as a miner.

==What makes you a miner==

A miner is a player whose main income is coming form his own production of resources . Is hard and slow to advance in game only as a pure miner, you might want to consider in farming the inactives, don’t be shy, everybody does it.

It is already well known that miners are playing an important role in AgeOfSpace's “economy “ . Playing as a miner is less time consuming than playing as a fleeter , the points you gain through continuous upgrade of your mines will provide you a steady and progressive advancement in ranks, steady but slow. The points you gain are permanent, while a fleeter points will consists in fleet points and thus can be lost over night. You can achieve top ranks in your universe with the condition that you are a constant and perseverant player, and you will have patience to work on your mines for a few years. Having a strong alliance with like minded fellow player can only be of help and a stimulant for a long time play career in AgeOfSpace. 

==Account building for miners==
You start colonizing as soon as possible
You have to keep only colonies with higher fields 
Consider abandoning the home planet once you find a high field colony ( over 200 fields) 
Some miners are usually positioning colonies in the same system – this is a very bad strategy and a major weakness , will explain later why 
Develop first the technologies that are serving you 
Calculate with care what it will be your next min . Take into consideration the amortization
Don’t spend precious fields for buildings you don’t need


==How to position your colonies==
Do not place your colonies in the same system. This will make you vulnerable to enemies , that can move a planet in your system and farm you until you will be forced to quit

Best way to position your colonies is to select places enabling you to fleetsave for a decent amount of hours see tutorial <<fleetsave>> 

Select a colony that you are going to use as headquarters , take care to get a moon , use it to collect the resources from your other colonies until you get the necessary quantity for your next mine upgrade. It is optimal to position the other colonies so that transports collecting resources to your headquarters will take more or less the same time and thus you will be able to send them in fleetsave or to the colony needing the next upgrade without keeping ships or large amounts of resources on your planet or moon for too long time and tempt some greedy fleeter to attack you.
Another reason for a moon would be to store resources and to do BIG trades without being noticed 

Another advantage of having planets spread across galaxies is a larger range of systems with juicy inactives whose resources can round up your daily income 

My favorite colony distribution is 2 planets per galaxy . For example : two colonies in G1 , two colonies in G2, two colonies in G4 and two colonies in G6 or G9 ( if you have a circular universe). The 2 colonies per galaxy should be placed at the optimal distance for a good fleetsaving , thus allowing me to periodically change the location of my fleetsaving place , making my playing routine unpredictable for enemies. Later in game, having a moon on every colony will provide you a partial safety ( remember, moons can be destroyed) 

==Income & spending management==
As said before, your main source of income and base for development is the production of your mines. Therefore is very important how you spend your resources . 


Maximizing your production can be achieved by :
Raising your Maximum production of Titanium, Graphene and Deuterium  technologies – it costs you only resources and gives you 2% more titanium, 2%  more graphene, and 2% more deuterium per level of development , effective on all your planets all the time.
Enlist a geologist : costs Anti-matter gives you 10% of your mines production for all your planets
Buy a resource booster : costs Anti-matter and gives you 10% more production for all resources type on all the planets when its active

Energy management is very important: the difference between top 100 miner and top10 miner is simple: top 10 miner’s solar plant stops at level 24/25, after a certain level, solar plans are giving a smaller energy output than they cost, use solar satellites instead, especially if your planets are in spot 6 to 9 .

Don’t invest in things you don’t need like engine technologies or espionage or computer after a certain level. Investing in armor shield& weapon can enhance your defensive capabilities.

Nanites (very useful thing sure, but only build them when you’re building 9 mines on all of your planets and still have some resources left! For example: the time of building next mine is 5 days with your nanite level 3 right? now – saving resources for next mine will take you, say, 2 weeks…so why u build bloody nanite 4? It doesn’t matter if you have wait a week to finish a mine if you don’t have resources to start another one, does it? It will come a time when you’ll need 4 weeks to finish a mine level, in this situation a nanite level in plus can be useful. 

Don’t build fighting ships unless you need them to farm inactives 


==Trading==
Don’t believe anyone telling you that selling deuterium at low ratio like 2:1:1 is useless. I met some players telling me that i’d be better off building, say, graphene mine 30 than upping my deuter mine 20. Can’t be bothered with any mathematical proof so let’s take it on faith here - as long as you can spend much less on next deuter mine that any other mine – build that deuterium synthesizer !. 
You can get important advantages by trading this useful resources  with other players.

Trading with other players brings one of the most attractive aspects of AgeOfSpace : the social aspect – interaction with other players that can be really advantageous to you if you manage to establish permanent trading connections. By supplying a big fleeter you might be offered also a NAP (Non Agression Pact ) from him, although if you play this game as u should (i.e. by never being profitable to anyone) no need for such NAPs anyway. But these partnerships might be useful for other reasons like: ninjas, return hits of any sat bashers.

==Protection of your daily production==
=Fleetsave =
Being a miner means your mines are well developed and have a higher output. It is very important to login at least once a day to “clean up” your colonies by collecting the resources produced over night and ordering new constructions. Before you logoff is important to fleetsave: send your resources in deploy mission . ! YOU HAVE TO BE ONLINE WHEN YOUR CARGOES LAND – NO EXCUSES HERE. And this is about the most important difference between a pure miner and a turtle: a miner uses his (cheap) cargoes to move resources around while the turtle tries to use (expensive) tactic of storing them on his own, heavily defended, planet to do that job. I don’t think I have to tell u which strategy will help u progress quicker…

=Defence =
This one is simple – any more defence than absolute minimum to guard your sats and offline production – and you’re throwing your money (read resources) away…put it all in them mines. Each resource that we spend in defense doesn't produce resources so we want to spend as less resources as possible in defense to get the maximum profit! 

The size of defense will depend on the level of your mines e.g. 20 plasmas, 50 gauss, 100 heavy laser 1550 light laser and 1500 missile launcher which proves to be enough to defend the production of level 30 titanium , 25 graphene & 25 deuterium and 200 sats for the entire day.
 

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