Hi. I have recently bought DW legends: am enjoying it but the detail is a little overwhelming. That is to be expected at the start when I'm trying to get a handle on finding my way around and dealing with all the things that need consideration. But that is one of the best things about the game: I really enjoy thinking strategically and working out what to do, and this game, unlike so many others, presents real choices, and those choices have implications. I have been watching and taking note of Das24680's 'Let's Play' series, and I have learnt a lot. Couple of things to ask, however, that I don't quite get:
1) One of the most difficult things to get my head around is spatial awareness, especially when it comes to working out where to put colonies, and where to mine in relation to the home world, and in relation to other dangers out there. I use the galaxy map, and this gives me an overview of sorts. I use it to check for resources and their location...but I loose that spatial awareness when I leave the map, and go into the expansion planner to allocate a mining station to be built. The problem is the galaxy map shows the macro location of the planet or moon to be mined, but where is it in relations to my home world, to the other threats, to other species, to other trade lanes? I can't quite put all that together yet, and I need to, if I am to make good decisions on where to mine and expand. How do people keep that overall situational awareness, without losing it the moment one goes into the expansion planner? Is there a recommended way of keeping the strategic picture firmly in mind: grateful views.
2) Re the expansion planner: I don't get this at all..rather, I have not worked out what it shows, and most of all, how the top viewing pane, which shows resources strategic or luxury, relates to the bottom pane where the actual allocation of mining stations and other things occurs. For example, in the top pane, I click on the 'sort by empire priority' button: nothing changes. Do I put my most desirable resource, strategic or luxury, at the top of the list? Is this what is referred to as my empire's priority? What does the 'Sort by...' button actually do? And then, there does not seem to be much relationship between that list in the top pane, and the bottom allocation list. For example, I put luxury fur at the top of my list in the top pane because that is what I have decided to mine, and I know there is a source of it somewhere within my influence because I've seen it in the galaxy map, and then in the bottom pane, I click on the 'sort by empire priority' drop down list, BUT it does not come up with locations that have luxury fur on them at the top, as I would expect, given I have put it at the top of my list in the top pane (and thus made it my highest priority). Rather, it gives me a list of mineable locations that seem to bear no relationship to the top pane: steel, gold of whatever. What's going on here? Then there is the 'sort by known resources in empire' drop down list in the bottom pane, which seems to do nothing: it comes up with a list, but I can not allocate any mines to it: the selection buttons for this have nothing in them. I have to select 'sort by galaxy or empire' lists to get that function back again. What the..?? Finally, say I want to allocate a mine to a particular moon, or place a colony...how do I check its location from the expansion planner, without leaving the planner, in relation to my homeworld, other threats, or a myriad of other spatial considerations? This is where I lose spatial awareness badly, resulting in an ad hoc and disjointed expansion policy. I just end up clicking on 'do it' and off they go...and I find later than they are too far away, or too near other races...or whatever.
Grateful for some advice on all this: if I can crack this, I can really start to be strategic, and control the expansion, rather than being a victim of it.