I decided to put our bank reserves above 1 million again since not all of our colonies have trade routes. As the master of garrisons, I looked over them and fixed them where necessary.
Attacking Vazkor: A03 ZuulBane vs. Pink Zuul with 42 DEs + 15 CRs + 7 LDs + 2 MDs. I decided to take on the Zuul cruisers. I took out 9 of them and lost 6 CRs and 3 LDs.
VN showed up at Grayson. A rock where we have a single ER. Auto resolved and lost the ER.
I decided to build 2 CR CnC ships and medium platforms at Ke'Kaldo before the 162 strong Tarka fleet arrives.
Attacking Vazkor: A03 ZuulBane vs. Pink Zuul with 42 DEs + 6 CRs + 9 LDs + 2 MDs. Took out 2 CRs and 24 DEs, lost 2 CRs and 2 DEs.
Defending Morrigi colony at Winath from 11 Tarka DEs. Morrigi has 84DEs, we have 5 CRs. Managed to take out a Tarka ship while the Morrigi watched, so we got some goodwill points.
Taking out a single Tarka DE at Gla (a rock) using AR.
Ouch at Griffin: A VN Berserker appeared. I guess the Tarka took out a VN Mothership some time ago, and now VN is out for revenge. Only thing is, the management of the colony has changed since that. The VN government should really read the memos they receive before launching an attack... Well, let's hope A03 Cute Catfish performs remarkably well! It has 85 DEs + 14 CRs. Well, they did not. Lost 33 ships and managed to take out one or two of the drones... The colony fell.
Building biome at Bolovax Nik to reestablish Griffin. Building the rest of the MDs at Ke'Kaldo. There is too much building going on, so it is taking a long time to get Fusion to 50%.
Attacking Ilmatar: A03 Daring Dogfish vs. Red Zuul with 30 DEs + 14 CRs. Took out 7 CRs, lost 23 DEs + 1 CR. I guess I have to try to sneak in the assault shuttles next turn. It is a pain to do with Liir and not much fun, but I'll try. I like head-on battles much more.
Attacking Vazkor: A03 ZuulBane vs. Pink Zuul with 18 DEs + 4 CRs + 10 LDs + 2 MDs. Took out 4 CRs + 14 DEs, lost 1 DE. Only 4 DEs + the sats to go.
Report for Manticore is accurate: There is still an Alien Wreckage there...
Hm, the Tarka fleet of 162 ships stopped right outside Ke'Kaldo. It does not show up in the incoming fleet anymore. Well, our fleet upkeep is high, so I will send A03 Electric Eels to hunt it down. Finally, I managed to put 100% into Fusion research.
Attacking Ilmatar: A03 Daring Dogfish vs. Red Zuul with 30 DEs + 7 CRs + 10 LDs + 10 MDs. I managed to launch all 26 shuttles about halfway towards the colony, but only 1 shuttle managed to land. The 20 sats and planet missiles took them out one by one. The fleet does not have fuel to retreat and will probably be destroyed next turn. I lost 1 DE + 4 CRs to lure the Zuul ships away, and now there are only a few combat ships left + those 26 assault shuttles.
Attacking Vazkor: A03 ZuulBane vs. Pink Zuul with 4 DEs + 10 LDs + 3 MDs. I takes time to take out a colony with only 2 shuttles... 82 millions down, 154 millions to go (the colony grew its population while I took out the fleet). Now I wonder if focusing on the fleet instead of the colony was a good idea since there are 9 new ships arriving next turn, and my fleet has only one CR CnC ship left.
Our scouts at Alpha Virginis and Octans were lost to small fleets of red Zuul ships.
Attacking Procyon: A03 Blackfin Sharks vs. Red Zuul with 13 DEs + 6 CRs + 10 LDs. I did ok. Took out 6 CRs + 3 DEs, and lost only 4 DEs. Unfortunately the fleet does not have a repair ship, so I am forced to retreat to Talok. Except for two unlucky DEs that lost their engine section.
Defending Griffing from 7 Tarka ships. Used AR. No losses.
at deep space. The 162 strong Tarka fleet has only 12 ships? A03 Electric Eels should have no problem handling them. Victory, no losses. Hmm, I wonder. Maybe the Tarka ships went out of fuel. Then they scuttled the ships with zero fuel. Maybe that is why they stopped and why there were only 12 ships left of the fleet.
We need the Morrigi and Hivers to remain as allies. To prevent them from thinking of breaking the alliance I have set up at gift to each of them of 10000 credits per turn.
Attacking Ilmatar: A03 Daring Dogfish vs. Red Zuul with 30 DEs + 7 CRs + 10 LDs + 10 MDs. The result was not too bad: Took out 5 CRs + 6 DEs and lost 2 CRs + 12 DEs. Unfortunately, the CR CnC was lost. Now the fleet has only one DE CnC left and 15 assault shuttles.
Attacking Vazkor: A03 ZuulBane vs. Pink Zuul with 3 DEs + 6 CRs + 8 LDs + 3 MDs. I managed to take them all out without losing my single remaining CR CnC ship. Back to attacking the colony next turn.
Lost the two DEs without an engine at Procyon.
Defending Griffing from 6 Tarka ships using AR. No losses.
Attacking Ilmatar: A03 Daring Dogfish vs. Red Zuul with 23 DEs + 2 CRs + 10 LDs + 10 MDs. Game over for A03 Daring Dogfish. Managed to take out only 4 DEs.
Attacking Vazkor: A03 ZuulBane vs. Pink Zuul with 8 LDs + 3 MDs. Lost 1 DE and took out 5 LDs + 1 MD + 99 million imperialists. The colony will fall next turn. This turn the Hivers let us know that they want us to attack this world, something we have been doing for quite a while now.
Bonomo and Furud colonized.
Attacking Vazkor: A03 ZuulBane vs. Pink Zuul with 3 LDs + 3 MDs. Finally, the colony is down.
Fusion at 53%, turning it down to 25%. I will not build new ships until we have Fusion and the engine, except for biomes to colonize nearby worlds. I'll build some freighters and save the money. I shut down the unused trade routes in order to be able to build freighters quicker.
Cleanup at Vazkor.
The biome arrived at Griffin this turn. Hopefully the colony will not have another visit by the VN Berserker.
Lost scouts at Kua'Tru and Moshu.
Vazkor and Griffin colonized.
The fleet A03 Blackfin Sharks has no repair ships. If you like to send it to attack Procyon you should add at least a repair ship to it. Another CnC ship + some more combat ships would probably also be needed.
A lot of these road signs go missing every year as the tourists collect their trophies. It makes me wonder if this road sign is indeed the most wanted souvenir of Norway...