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Old 11-02-2009, 17:54:09   #24
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one last catch:

as astros dry up you could avoid destroying stations to relocate them, as you can extend the reach of the existing ones using relays

but once the astros in range of a miner dry up, you have to recycle it and build a new one near a fresh asteroid

- you get back the full minerals spent to build a basic structure
- you only get back half of the extra m spent in upgrades

basic miner: spend 45, get back 45
upgr. miner: spend 145, get back 95 (lose 50)

as I said you don't need to recycle stations, but just in case

basic: spend 200, recycle 200
Lev2: spend 400, recycle 300, lose 100
Lev3: spend 600, recycle 400, lose 200

and Energy Stores
basic: spend 300, recycle 300
Lev2: spend 800, recycle ZERO, lose 800 (!)

so, upgrading a miner allows you to sap minerals quicker without running short of energy.
this can give you a head start expanding, but could cost you a bit in the long term should you need to relocate miners
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