Hi my first post here. I've been looking for a pure and simple strategy game along the lines of Imperium (a board game which I used to play years ago), and FO seems to fit the bill. Big thanks to all the team who have worked on this so far. It's a bonus to be able to modify this when I get to know the game; right now I'm just starting to be able to play it and have a few problems, so all help is appreciated. I have skimmed the most recent newbie threads, also searched the forum without success.
Running FO 0.3.15 SVN 3727 on Windows 7.
1) Biggest problem right now - I can't colonize any planets
As you can see from this pic, this is a single-player game with default settings. I sent the home fleet to Muphrid. The fleet contains a colony ship (the McHugh). The system map says "Select colony ship to colonize". As soon as I select the McHugh, this line disappears from each planet's description box but there is NO Colonize
button. I've tried everything to "colonize" any of the planets but no success.
I'm also confused by the fact that the Quick Help states
Toxic, Swamp, Radiated, Barren, Inferno, and Tunda [sic] planets, as well as Gas Giants and Asteroid belts can’t be colonized or otherwise used in v0.3.13. They will not have a Colonize button even if a colony ship is in their system.
So theoretically Muphrid I should be the only eligible planet as it is Terran. Why isn't this so? (I realize the advice applies to 0.3.13, not 0.3.15.)
2) When I start playing, there is only one focus choice
for my home world, Cannon I:
According to the Quick Help I should have both a primary and a secondary focus, or has this been changed now?
3) I also notice that this world is "medium radiated
", which (see above) should mean that it cannot be colonized, yet it is! This is very confusing.
4) Confusing ship icons
. MGyver said here:http://www.freeorion.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5074
Something graphical needs to be added to the list of ships in a fleet to discern their types; I accidentally sent a colony ship on a scouting mission.
There already is. Scout icons are small and pointy, warships are big and pointy, and colony ships are big and curvy.
This is obviously untrue. If you look at the top pic you will see the icon for the colony ship is exactly the same as that of the scout ship. This urgently needs to be changed. Is there any way to use different icons here?
5) I don't understand what Starting Species
means. Is this referring to us or aliens? In the Galaxy Map (our) empire name is the Terran Imperium, so we should be called terrans, not Trith or Gyisache. Why only two species if this game can have 3 or more AI players? Only Trith have a human-like icon. I'd like to rename Trith to Terran, or have I got it all wrong?
Thanks for your assistance.