Frequently asked questions about playing Starpires, this will be updated frequently. If you have a question not listed hear feel free to ask it in the comments.
How do I get more turns?
You accrue more turns over time, currently get get an additional turn every hour up to your maximum number (20). You can also get bonus turns by helping to promote the game or inviting your friends to play. You can access the invitation/referral console under the “More” menu at the top of the page.
There may be other ways to earn additional turns added to the game in the future.
Why do planets get more expensive?
Every ten planets that get added to your empire the cost of buying planets goes up. This is to prevent empires from expanding exponentially.
How do I change what types of units supply planets produce?
There is a item under the “More” menu called Supply Production which allows you to adjust what types of units that supply planets produce.
How are scores computed?
Your empire has a cumulative score that goes up but can never go down (unlike net worth). Each turn you get points based on your empires size. You also get points for successfully attacking other empires, defeating invasions, as well as exploring the features within Starpires.
What is the difference between an invasion and a guerilla attack?
You have two different attack options available to you at the start of the game, invasions and guerilla attacks. In an invasion you need overwhelming military force to succeed and capture planets from your enemy. Guerrilla attacks just allow you to wear down their military but won’t allow you to capture planets. They are more effective when attacking a larger military force, and can be very useful for wearing down a more powerful empire.
How do I get nuclear or chemical weapons?
There are several types of attacks such as nuclear and chemical strikes than can be researched. Once they are researched your research planets produce chemical and nuclear warheads each turn.
How do the various types of attacks differ (invasions, guerilla attack, chem strike, etc)?
Why can I not attack certain empires?
There are a couple reasons you may not be able to attack an empire. If you hold your mouse cursor over the displayed attack icons or click on them it will show you the reason. The primary reasons are:
1. You have an alliance with that empire.
2. You have already used up your one attack for the turn.
3. The empire is currently under protection, either because they are a new player or they have gotten beaten up so bad they have been put under protection for a period of time by the galactic council.
Can I sell military units and planets?
Yes, in the market place you can sell both military units and planets. The “sell” is next to the “buy” button. When selling military units you will only get 1/3 of the purchase cost. You get 5000 credits for selling a planet, which is the purchase price when you start the game.