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micro vs letting them be

illinifan

FNG / Fresh Meat
Mar 11, 2007
555
121
0
in general, what's considered a better strategy for the longer games? I played a 1 hr game on medium and thought i did well with 1m+, only to find out that i was 172nd on the local scoreboard, let alone global

the only time i micro'd the dwarves were to get the minerals when they were nearby, or to take them to the dynamite
 

Po2Teddy

FNG / Fresh Meat
May 4, 2011
11
5
0
Those above you in the score league have likely abused the S-key more than you! The beauty of the S-key, score wise, is that you speed up the game without speeding up the clock! This way you can get more things done

Using the speedup wisely is one of the most difficult things about the game, really! It's very easy to get greedy and keep it in for too long, and you don't want a flood while the game is running at five times the speed! ^^
 

illinifan

FNG / Fresh Meat
Mar 11, 2007
555
121
0
Those above you in the score league have likely abused the S-key more than you! The beauty of the S-key, score wise, is that you speed up the game without speeding up the clock! This way you can get more things done

Using the speedup wisely is one of the most difficult things about the game, really! It's very easy to get greedy and keep it in for too long, and you don't want a flood while the game is running at five times the speed! ^^
ohhh thanks. i thought that the s key also sped up the time so i didn't use it
 

WhiteTigerShiro

FNG / Fresh Meat
Aug 25, 2010
149
50
0
A good mix of both is best. As the game itself suggests, sometimes it's best to just let them be, and they'll get to the thing you want them to mine anyway.
 

Frostedfire

FNG / Fresh Meat
Nov 21, 2010
1,055
153
0
oz
A good mix of both is best. As the game itself suggests, sometimes it's best to just let them be, and they'll get to the thing you want them to mine anyway.
the hell they do. I didn't get onto the t-h 5 min highscore board by leaving dwarves lying around to dig into water :cool:
 

jalex3

FNG / Fresh Meat
Oct 21, 2009
1,639
273
0
Australia
I allways send a dwarfs to the best stuff and build outposts along the way. I seal caves fast but when they let you turn off all taverns it will be better for me, since my outer outposts are the things that get me killed.
 

Jacos

FNG / Fresh Meat
May 7, 2011
7
1
0
My Opinion

My Opinion

I prefer to do a little micromanaging, usually just directing one of my minions towards a mineral vein, or to get one of my dwarfs to check out some cave. I don't do it that much, though.
 

Robin

FNG / Fresh Meat
May 3, 2011
84
6
0
also, is it just me, or do aimless dwarves actually tear down walls to get to water? I keep struggling with 5 minute matches where the diggers seem to suicidally rush the walls to tear them all down :(:p

Not more than earth even if it might feel like it ;)
 

mamoo

FNG / Fresh Meat
Jun 19, 2009
2,466
542
0
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East Sussex, England
also, is it just me, or do aimless dwarves actually tear down walls to get to water? I keep struggling with 5 minute matches where the diggers seem to suicidally rush the walls to tear them all down :(:p
I got that, in the last 5 mins of a 60 min easy game a flood broke out near my base and the dwarves kept braking the walls while I placed them!
 

Tontoman

FNG / Fresh Meat
Jan 6, 2007
127
1
0
Spend the $10 to flip them going the other way. BTW if you've walled off the cave but haven't done the explosives (no nearby dwarf), you can just stick it in front of a water temp wall. Then if a dwarf ever does want to start chipping away at your wall he'll blow himself up instead and finish the seal.

I do emergency micro (of course) and planned micro. I try and do planned breakin on caves which means I'm there and I've got two dwarfs ready. Also like breakins to be via a good lenght pathway. Having a solo breach far away from another dwarf can be expensive for paying all the walls to slow lava down, for the larger area needed to trap the cave, and the cost to get a dwarf there to do the explosives.

One thing that seems to work well is send one dwarf WAY out to the rich stuff. Just make sure he doesn't touch any caves. Not too hard if he's always working on orders, costly but pays back if he's mining the good stuff. Then place a fort there and spawn dwarfs for backup.