QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
If you are familiar with mouse-based interfaces, and
want to leap immediately into the game without reading the
manual, the following answers cover many of the basic “how
to” concepts you’ll need to play Master of Orion.
How do I send my ships to another planet?
Select one of
your ship icons in orbit around a planet. The right panel
will display which ships are in orbit around that world.
Use the arrow buttons by each ship type to change the number
of ships you will send. Choose a destination planet for
your fleet, then select the ACCEPT button. See the manual
for more information.
How do I create a new colony?
Send a colony ship there (i.e. a ship equipped with a special
colony base device). If the planet is habitable, you will
automatically be asked if you want to land and establish
a colony there. Your colony ship is disassembled and its
parts used to establish the colony. Once you have set up
your colony base, you should immediately transport more
colonists to that planet, to help it grow more quickly.
How do I TRANSport my colonists to another planet?
Select the planet you wish to transport your people FROM.
Select the TRANS button from the panel on the right, then
select the planet you wish to send your people to. After
you have chosen the destination planet, you can
use the slider bar on the right panel to decide how many
people you want to send, up to half the population of your
source planet. Note that you cannot send people to a planet
that has not yet established a colony base, and you cannot
transport to a planet you have not yet explored.
If you are sending transports to an enemy colony, you
do the same thing. The people you send to an enemy world
are automatically armed with the latest technology for ground
combat. Note that enemy ships and missile bases can destroy
your transports before they can land. This combat happens
automatically when your transports arrive at their target
world, and you see only the results. For more information,
see the manual.
Why can’t my colony ships travel as far as my scouts
Your scouts are equipped with a special device called Reserve Fuel
Tanks” that let them travel to planets 3 parsecs farther away
than your other ships can. At the start of the game, your scouts
can reach any star within six parsecs of any of your colonies, but
your other ships can only reach planets 3 parsecs away.