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  • SMAC: Planetary Council

    SMAC: Planetary Council


    Apparently, the Planetary Council is similar to what we know as the United Nations. As Brian Reynolds explains: "…you can also meet with all seven faction leaders to vote on matters affecting the entire planet, including global trade pacts, repealing the UN charter prohibiting atrocities, and many other weighty issues. While in the Planetary Council, you can try to influence people's votes through negotiation, bribery, or intimidation". Brian Reynolds from an interview by LDespot. Beyond Alpha Centauri. Link to source: E3 Alpha Centauri Focus....
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  • SMAC: Other Information

    SMAC: Other Information


    Cheats

    "The team feels that cheats are useful in constructing your own scenarios (playbalance, etc.) and that some people just like to cheat. As in earlier games by this team, enabling cheats essentially ends your game from a scoring perspective, and, or course, cheats will be disabled in multiplayer." Tim Train of Firaxis. From Dante’s Inferno SMAC page. Link to source: SMAC-FAQ...
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  • SMAC Vicotry Conditions: Ascent to Transcendence?

    SMAC Vicotry Conditions: Ascent to Transcendence?


    Unconfirmed reports indicate that Ascent to Transcendence is one of the ultimate victory conditions....
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  • SMAC: Trade

    SMAC: Trade


    "Trade is not handled via Civ-style Caravans. Trade is now handled as a function of your diplomatic interactions. If you are at peace with someone, you are assumed to have a certain level of trade with them. The closer you are as allies, the more trade you have between your two countries. This adds an interesting angle to your decision to be at war with someone, because it sacrifices your trade. Other countries may also impose sanctions on you for the use of Atrocities, which then reduces your trade." Tim Train of Firaxis. From Dante’s Inferno SMAC page. Link to source. SMAC-FAQ...
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  • SMAC: Terraforming

    SMAC: Terraforming


    General Explanation of Terraforming

    "The thought of colonizing an alien world immediately brings to mind the idea of altering, or "terraforming," that world to make it more livable for humans. To allow the player to actually make meaningful changes in the climate of a world required us to create a world builder and climatic model far more powerful than anything we'd done before. Temperature, wind, and rainfall patterns have been modeled in ways that allow players to make changes and watch the effects. For instance, with a modest array of future technology, you can raise up a new ridgeline or mountain range. With the prevailing wind coming off the sea to the west, your new mountains will tend to empty moisture from the air on their western slopes, leaving their eastern slopes and the downwind valleys quite dry. So you can raise ridgelines to increase the rainfall (and thus nutrient production) for your own bases while simultaneously drying out your downwind enemies!" (Brian Reynolds. Designer Diary Notes. Gamespot. Page 2. Link to source: http://www.gamespot.com)...
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  • SMAC: Technologies

    SMAC: Technologies


    "80 future technologies define the state of the art in interesting decisions...do you research a new military technology, better medical technology to increase the standard of living, or a new power source to generate more energy?" Official Features. Firaxis. SMAC-FAQ...
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  • SMAC: Planets of Alpha Centauri

    SMAC: Planets of Alpha Centauri


    Solar constants Sun Alpha A Ratio
    Mass kg 1.99E+30 2.15E+30 1.08
    Luminosity W 3.89E+26 5.63E+26 1.45
    Radius m 6.96E+08 7.59E+08 1.09

    Planetary constants Earth Planet/ Ratio
    Chiron
    ...
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  • SMAC: Secret Projects

    SMAC: Secret Projects


    "Secret Projects are meant to give a player an advantage or a special ability in the game. It works very similarly to the Wonders in Civilization II. There are 32 Secret Projects that confer unique bonuses on your faction." Official Features. Firaxis. SMAC-FAQ...
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  • SMAC: Maps

    SMAC: Maps

    Map Editor

    "You'll be able to create complete custom scenarios in the game." Brian Reynolds from an interview by LDespot. Beyond Alpha Centauri. Link to source: Firaxis at E3....
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  • SMAC: Government

    SMAC: Government


    General Idea of the Formation of Government

    The formation of your government will be a much more complex process than what was present in Civilization II. Choosing the type of government you want is reflected by the policies you establish. As Brian Reynolds explains: "…Alpha Centauri speculates on the future development of human societies. As the leader of your faction, you map out your vision of future utopia by deciding where you stand on a whole series of value choices - economics, liberties, religion, health care, military service, education, environment, and information." (Brian Reynolds. Designer Diary Notes. Gamespot. Page 3. Link to source: http://www.gamespot.com)...
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  • SMAC: Planetary Council
    Martin Gühmann

    Apparently, the Planetary Council is similar to what we know as the United Nations. As Brian Reynolds explains: "…you can also meet with all seven faction leaders to vote on matters affecting the entire planet, including global trade pacts, repealing the UN charter prohibiting atrocities, and many other weighty issues. While in the Planetary Council, you can try to influence people's votes through negotiation, bribery, or intimidation". Brian Reynolds from an interview by LDespot. Beyond Alpha Centauri. Link to source: E3 Alpha Centauri Focus....
    November 12, 2011, 19:01
  • SMAC: Other Information
    Martin Gühmann

    Cheats

    "The team feels that cheats are useful in constructing your own scenarios (playbalance, etc.) and that some people just like to cheat. As in earlier games by this team, enabling cheats essentially ends your game from a scoring perspective, and, or course, cheats will be disabled in multiplayer." Tim Train of Firaxis. From Dante’s Inferno SMAC page. Link to source: SMAC-FAQ...
    November 12, 2011, 18:43
  • SMAC Vicotry Conditions: Ascent to Transcendence?
    Martin Gühmann

    Unconfirmed reports indicate that Ascent to Transcendence is one of the ultimate victory conditions....
    November 12, 2011, 18:32
  • SMAC: Trade
    Martin Gühmann

    "Trade is not handled via Civ-style Caravans. Trade is now handled as a function of your diplomatic interactions. If you are at peace with someone, you are assumed to have a certain level of trade with them. The closer you are as allies, the more trade you have between your two countries. This adds an interesting angle to your decision to be at war with someone, because it sacrifices your trade. Other countries may also impose sanctions on you for the use of Atrocities, which then reduces your trade." Tim Train of Firaxis. From Dante’s Inferno SMAC page. Link to source. SMAC-FAQ...
    November 12, 2011, 18:30
  • SMAC: Terraforming
    Martin Gühmann

    General Explanation of Terraforming

    "The thought of colonizing an alien world immediately brings to mind the idea of altering, or "terraforming," that world to make it more livable for humans. To allow the player to actually make meaningful changes in the climate of a world required us to create a world builder and climatic model far more powerful than anything we'd done before. Temperature, wind, and rainfall patterns have been modeled in ways that allow players to make changes and watch the effects. For instance, with a modest array of future technology, you can raise up a new ridgeline or mountain range. With the prevailing wind coming off the sea to the west, your new mountains will tend to empty moisture from the air on their western slopes, leaving their eastern slopes and the downwind valleys quite dry. So you can raise ridgelines to increase the rainfall (and thus nutrient production) for your own bases while simultaneously drying out your downwind enemies!" (Brian Reynolds. Designer Diary Notes. Gamespot. Page 2. Link to source: http://www.gamespot.com)...
    November 12, 2011, 18:26
  • SMAC: Technologies
    Martin Gühmann

    "80 future technologies define the state of the art in interesting decisions...do you research a new military technology, better medical technology to increase the standard of living, or a new power source to generate more energy?" Official Features. Firaxis. SMAC-FAQ...
    November 12, 2011, 18:16
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