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    I cannot find anywhere how to connect an artifact to a network node anywhere in the manual, and i have done the search funtion....all I can find is that it simply says that an artifact CAN be connected to a network node for a free tech, or, it can be used to hurry up a secret project or a prototype....BUT, i cannot find how to do this....

    Any help please?

  • #2
    You simply move the artifact to a base with a network node which has not yet been used to so connect. A diadlogue box will pop up asking you if you want to continue moving it or connect it. Same for using the AA ti contribute to the construction of a proptotype or a secret project. One box pops up for however many of the 3 options is possible at the base. The same dialouge pops up each time you select end move (space bar) or hold (h) for an AA already in the base. Also it you place an AA in a base without an Node, protpype or project construction, and put it on hold, and later complete a node, or begin a project or prototype, the AA will automaticly activate off the hold status.
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    • #3
      I surprised that wasn't the first thing you tried.
      It's really Synthetic God... I guess I didn't notice my own typo.

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      • #4
        thanks

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        • #5
          While on the subject (sort of) how much exactly does an artifat add to the construction of a secret project?
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          • #6
            An AA gives 50 minerals toward a project or prototype. That's independent of your Industry rating.
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            • #7
              Not a very good deal, exactly, when you consider an unupgraded crawler gives 30 minerals... but in that critical period pre-IA, you never know how much of a jump that 50 minerals will give you.

              Post IA though, I would never waste an AA on a SP, unless the other guy was one turn away and I was a crawler short. And I really, REALLY needed the project.

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              • #8
                Opinions differ on cashing AA's. The techs you get from AA's usually mess up tech beelines (increased tech costs), so I often prefer to use them for SP's. Plus I mostly play tech factions, so I don't need to play "catch up". Also, if you're running Planned/Wealth, a crawler is only worth 24 minerals (or even 21 or 18 if you're Hive or Drones). Planetary Transit can pay for itself immediately if built early enough, so it pays to build it ASAP, rather than wait a few more turns for another two crawlers.
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                • #9
                  My preferred strategy is to save up my Alien Artifacts until I have as many of them as I am going to get (i.e. there are no more supply pods to be found). Then I link them all to my Network Nodes in a single turn, resulting in a HUGE leap ahead in technology, putting me in the tech lead. Often I will have ten or more Artifacts to use at this point if I am playing on a large map.
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                  • #10
                    Turn adavantage suggests cahsing in ASAP towards a critical SP (Aka Weather Paradigm or Human Genome) to a) get the project ASAP and b) clear your build queue so that you can continue building/growing.

                    I also agree that after critical beelines have been followed most particularly the beelines to Industrial Automation and perhaps beeline to restriction lifting, you are best served linking for techs.

                    In the tweener period after IA pre-restriction lifting saving AA's until after the two aforementioned critical beelines is my normal tactic. (You may also wish to include beelines to D:AP/MMI as well).

                    As an aside, I'll always look to cash in a wounded Ogre (SMAX) as the return is a nifty 50 mins.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ogie Oglethorpe
                      As an aside, I'll always look to cash in a wounded Ogre (SMAX) as the return is a nifty 50 mins.
                      Is this for MkI Ogres, or all Ogres?

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                      • #12
                        I speak towards Mark I's as for the others, to be truthful I don't know the mineral value.

                        The scarcity of the Mark II's and Mark III's prevents me from commenting intelligently.

                        (Hey maybe I can use that excuse for all my posts here at 'poly)
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                        • #13
                          alphax.txt lists the "build cost" of Battle Ogres as MkI=10, MkII=15, and MkIII=20. Since the disband value equals half the mineral cost, those translate to 50, 75, and 100 minerals. The preset build cost is multiplied by 10 and that result is halved to give the mineral equivalent when disbanding.
                          The "build cost" of an Alien Artifact is 10, which gives it the 50-mineral disband value (10*10/2).
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                          • #14
                            Alien artifacts are special, though:

                            When you move them into a city building a prototype or SP, they ask you whether you want to "disband" them towards production. No other unit besides the supply crawler does this

                            Alien artifacts are always worth 50 minerals, regardless of the industry setting. I don't know whether you can change this by changing their build cost.
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