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AI War: Fleet Command is a space-based RTS with incredible AI and the largest number of units (30,000+ in most games) of any game we know of. Up to eight players team up against two [http://christophermpark.blogspot.com/2009/06/designing-emergent-ai-part-1.html deadly AI civilizations] in lengthy, multi-session campaigns spanning an 80-120 planet galaxy map. [[AI War - More About|More About AI War]]
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[[File:AIWar.jpg|center|AI War:Fleet Command]]<br/>
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'''AI War: Fleet Command''' is the flagship video game of Arcen Games, first released in 2009. Up to eight players battle a pair of rampant artificial intelligences once used by warring human superpowers, in the aftermath of the AI's near complete victory over humanity. Human players must avoid the notice of AI powers while preparing for an attack against the AI homeworlds. The game takes place on a procedurally generated galaxy map with between 10 and 120 planets in a genre splicing mix of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real-time_strategy Real-Time Strategy], [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4X 4X], and [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_defense Tower Defense].
  
== AI War Wiki Topics ==
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AI War is known for its gameplay depth, [http://arcengames.com/designing-emergent-ai-part-1-an-introduction/ the behavior of its AI opponents], and strong ties between fans and creators.
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: [[AI War:Current Post-8.000 Beta|Upcoming and latest patch-notes]].
  
'''General'''
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== More About ==
* '''''[[AI War - Starting Out|I'm Just Starting Out -- What Should I Do?]]'''''
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AI War: Fleet Command is a space-based RTS with incredible AI and the largest number of units (30,000+ in most games) of any game we know of. Up to eight players team up against two [http://christophermpark.blogspot.com/2009/06/designing-emergent-ai-part-1.html deadly AI civilizations] in lengthy, multi-session campaigns spanning a 10-120 planet galaxy map. Over 120 hours of content means there is always something new to discover. Whether you're a newbie or a genre veteran when it comes to RTS, you'll discover something startlingly new and fun when you and your friends start executing coordinated attacks with thousands of ships!
* [[AI War - Getting More Ships|How Do I Get More Ships?]]
 
* [[AI War - Using Older Ships|What Do I Do With My Older Ships?]]
 
* [[AI War - Galaxy Map Priority Buttons|How Do I Use The Priority Buttons In The Galaxy Map?]]
 
* [[AI War - Do Shots Miss|Do Shots Miss Sometimes? (Plus All About Shields)]]
 
* [[AI War - Microing|Should I Micromanage Ships In Battle?]]
 
* [[AI War - Combat Styles|What Can I Do If The Game Seems Too Slowly Paced?]]
 
* [[AI War - Ships Slowing Down|Some Of My Ships Are Extra Slow, Or Won't Move At All. Why?]]
 
  
'''Interface'''
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* Cooperative RTS game (1-8 players) with numerous unique ship types.
* Keyboard:  [[AI War - Keyboard Controls|Where Are The Keyboard Controls For The Game Documented?]]
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* Challenging AI in 26 styles, 20 additional with the first two expansions; many with unique superweapons.
* Keyboard:  [[AI War - Keyboard Controls#X + Right Click|What Exactly Does X + Right Click Do?]]
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* Insanely high unit counts: 30,000+ ships in most games.
* [[AI War - Flashing In Galaxy Map|What Does Flashing On The Galaxy Map Indicate?]]
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* Lengthy campaigns featuring up to 120 simultaneous planetary battlefields.
* [[AI War - Quick Buttons|How Do the Quick Buttons At The Bottom Of The Screen Work?]]
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* Different Every Time: 16 billion procedural maps, each with specific units.
* [[AI War - Planetary Summary|About The Planetary Summary]]
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* A focus on deep strategy that you don't get in most RTS games.
* [[AI War - Strong Vs Weak|What Exactly Do "Strong Vs" And "Weak Vs" Indicate?]]
 
* [[AI War - Zoom|Is It Possible To Zoom All The Way Out?]]
 
* [[AI War - Minimap|Why Is Clicking The Minimap Imprecise When I Am Zoomed In?]]
 
* [[AI War - Queuing Orders|Can I Queue Multiple Attack Orders And Movement Orders?]]
 
  
'''Defense'''
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== Game Setup ==
* [[AI War - Wormhole Defense|How Do I Barricade A Wormhole?]]
 
* [[AI War - Gate Raids|How Do I Prevent Enemies From Sending Waves Against A Planet?]]
 
* [[AI War - Are Turrets Useful?|Why Would I Unlock Turrets Instead Of Mobile Ships?]]
 
  
'''Offense'''
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* [[AI War:Minor Factions|Minor Factions ]]
* [[AI War - Beachhead|How Do I Establish A Beachhead?]]
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* Player [[AI War:Role|Role]]
* [[AI War - Scouting Best Practices|What's The Best Way To Handle Scouting?]]
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* [[AI War:AI Plot|AI Plots]]
* [[AI War - Reinforcements|Why Does An Enemy Planet Get Reinforcements After Its Warp Gate Is Gone?]]
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* [[AI War:AI Types|AI Types]]
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* [[AI War:Difficulty|Difficulty]]
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* Auto [[AI War:AI Progress|AI Progress]]
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* [[AI War:Map Style|Map Style]]
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* [[AI War:Map Size|Map Size]]
  
'''Economy'''
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== Objectives ==
* [[AI War - Getting More Knowledge|How Do I Get More Knowledge?]]
 
* [[AI War - Resource Efficiency|What Do I Do About Reduced Harvester Efficiency?]]
 
* [[AI War - Resource Caps|Are There Resource Caps?  What Happens When I Hit Them?]]
 
* [[AI War - Manufactories|What To Do With Too Much Of One Resource, But Not Enough Of The Other?]]
 
  
'''Ship-Specific Game Mechanics'''
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* Explore and gather [[AI War:Intel|Intel]] with [[AI War:Scout Drone|Scouts]]
* Cloaking: [[AI War - Cloaking|How Does Cloaking Work?]]
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* Capture some territory for [[AI War:Metal|Metal]], [[AI War:Energy|Energy]] and [[AI War:Knowledge|Knowledge]]
* Cloaking: [[AI War - Cloaking#Cloaking Booster|How Do Cloaking Boosters Work?]]
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* Gain more power by capturing [[AI War:Advanced Research Station|ARS]] and [[AI War:Core Fabricator|Core Fabricators]] and by [[AI War:Hacking|Hacking]]
* [[AI War - Unable To Repair|Why Can't I Repair Some Ships (Such As Forts/Force Fields)?]]
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* Reduce [[AI War:AI Progress|AIP]] by destroying [[AI War:Data Center|Data Centers]] and [[AI War:Co-Processor|Co-Processors]]
* [[AI War - Mark V|Am I Ever Able To Build Core/Mark V Units?]]
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* Destroy the [[AI War:Core Shield Generator|CSG]] networks
* [[AI War - Range|Why Do Some Ships (Such As The Fortress) Have Two Range Circles?]]
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* Invade and destroy the two [[AI War:AI Homeworld|AI Homeworlds]]
  
'''Ship-Specific'''
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''Players can refer to in-game objective list (accessed through "Message Log") which is dynamically updated during play.''
* Advanced Research Stations: [[AI War - Advanced Research Stations|Does Losing One Of These Matter After I've Held It Once?]]
 
* Astro Trains: [[AI War - Astro Trains|What Do These Do?]]
 
* Captive Human Settlements: [[AI War - Captive Human Settlements|Do I Gain Anything From Holding These?]]
 
* Command Posts: [[AI War - Command Posts|What Do These Do?]]
 
* Counter-Negative-Energy Turrets: [[AI War - Counter-Negative-Energy Turrets|What Are These Good For?]]
 
* Cruisers: [[AI War - Cruisers|Are These Overpowered?]]
 
* Engineers: [[AI War - Engineers|How Can I Best Use These?]]
 
* Engineers: [[AI War - Engineers#Repairs|What Restrictions Are There On When An Engineer Can Repair Another Ship?]]
 
* Force Fields: [[AI War - Force Fields|How Do I Kill Them?]]
 
* Force Fields: [[AI War - Force Fields#Protection Radius|How Much Of A Ship Needs To Be Covered By A Forcefield To Get Its Protection?]]
 
* Force Fields: [[AI War - Force Fields#Mobile Force Fields|What Uses Are There For The Mobile Force Field Generator?]]
 
* Ion Cannons: [[AI War - Ion Cannons|What Do I Do About Them?]]
 
* Mines: [[AI War - Mines|Are Ships Supposed To Be Able To Slip Past Mines?]]
 
* Mines: [[AI War - Mines#Clearing Mines|How Do I Clear Enemy Mines?]]
 
* Mines: [[AI War - Mines#Remains|What Is The Best Way To Clear The Remains Of Enemy Mines?]]
 
* Mines: [[AI War - Mines#PermaMines|How To Kill PermaMines?]]
 
* Missiles: [[AI War - Missiles|How Do I Get EMPs, Nukes, And Other Missiles?]]
 
* Missiles: [[AI War - Missiles#Nukes|How Do I Use Nukes?]]
 
* Missiles: [[AI War - Missiles#EMPs|How Do I Use EMPs?]]
 
* Missiles: [[AI War - Missiles#Lightning Missiles|How Do I Use Lightning Missiles?]]
 
* Missiles: [[AI War - Missiles#Armored Missiles|How Do I Use Armored Missiles?]]
 
* Parasites: [[AI War - Parasites|What's The Best Way To Use Them?]]
 
* Special Forces Command Posts: [[AI War - Special Forces Command Posts|How Do I Destroy Them?]]
 
* Spiders And Weak Ships: [[AI War - Spiders And Weak Ships|What Are These(And Other Weaker Ships) Good For?]]
 
* Starships: [[AI War - Starships|How Do I Best Use Them?]]
 
* Starships: [[AI War - Starships#Scout Starships|What Are Scout Starships Good For?]]
 
* SuperFortresses: [[AI War - SuperFortresses|What Do I Do About Them?]]
 
* Tachyon Beams: [[AI War - Tachyon Beams|Why Do Yellow Beams Come Out Of Nowhere And Hit My Ships?]]
 
  
'''AI'''
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== Economy ==
* AI Tech: [[AI War - AI Techs|At What AI Progress Does The AI Tech Level Increase?]]
 
* AI Tech: [[AI War - AI Techs#Tech Display By AI Progress|What Does The Roman Numeral In Parentheses Next To The AI Progress Mean?]]
 
* AI Reinforcements: [[AI War - AI Reinforcements|How Do Basic AI Reinforcements Work?]]
 
* AI Reinforcements: [[AI War - AI Reinforcements#AI Alert Level|How Does The AI Alert Level Affect Where The AI Reinforces?]]
 
  
'''Higher Difficulties Only'''
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* [[AI War:Metal|Metal]]
* [[AI War - Resource Defense|How Do I Defend Against The AI Destroying All My Resources?]]
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* [[AI War:Energy|Energy]]
* [[AI War - No Warning On Waves?|Why Are Waves Coming In Without Warning?]]
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* [[AI War:Knowledge|Knowledge]]
* [[AI War - Keeping Astro Trains Away|How Do I Keep Astro Trains Off My Planets?]]
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* [[AI War:Hacking|Hacking]]
* [[AI War - Why Do Enemy Waves Get So Large?|Why Do The Enemy Waves Get So Large So Fast?]]
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* [[AI War:Supply|Supply]]
* [[AI War - Why Did The AI Suddenly Swarm Me With Core Ships?|Why Did The AI Suddenly Swarm Me With Core Ships]]
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* [[AI War:AI Progress|AI Progress]]
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== Ship mechanisms ==
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* [[AI War:Mark|Mark]] Level
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* Ship [[AI War:Cap|Cap]]
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* [[AI War:Attack|Attack]]
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* [[AI War:Health|Health]]
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* [[AI War:Hull Types|Hull Types]]
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* [[AI War:Speed|Speed]]
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* [[AI War:Range|Range]]
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* [[AI War:Cloaking|Cloaking]] (and Tachyon)
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* [[AI War:Intel|Intel]] (Scout and Blind)
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* [[AI War:Immunities|Immunities]]
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== AI Mechanisms ==
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=== General ===
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* [[AI War:AI Progress|AI Progress]]
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* [[AI War:Alert|Alert]]
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* [[AI War:AI Tech|AI Tech]]
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* [[AI War:AI Unlock|AI Unlock]]
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* [[AI War:AI Plot|AI Plots]]
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=== Offense ===
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* [[AI War:Wave|Wave]]
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* [[AI War:Cross Planet Attacks|Cross Planet Attack]]
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* [[AI War:Exogalactic Strikeforce|Exogalactic Strikeforce]]
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* [[AI War:Threat|Threat]]
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* [[AI War:Reprisal|Reprisal]]
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=== Defense ===
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* [[AI War:Reinforcement|Reinforcement]]
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* [[AI War:Special Forces|Special Forces]]
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* [[AI War:Strategic Reserve|Strategic Reserve]]
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* [[AI War:Planet Mark|Planet Mark]]
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* [[AI War:AI Homeworld|AI Homeworld]] and [[AI War:AI Core World|AI Core World]]
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* [[AI War:Planetary Subcommander|Planetary Subcommander]]
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* [[AI War:Deepstrike Threatening|Deepstrike Threatening]]
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== Units ==
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=== Shared Units ===
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* [[AI War:Fleet Ships|Fleet Ships]]
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* [[AI War:Starships|Starships]]
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* [[AI War:Golems|Golems]]
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* [[AI War:Spirecraft|Spirecraft]]
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* [[AI War:Fortresses|Fortresses]]
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* [[AI War:Mines|Mines]]
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* [[AI War:Force Field|Force Fields]]
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=== Human Units ===
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* [[AI War:Turrets|Turrets]]
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* [[AI War:Warheads|Warheads]]
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* [[AI War:Mercenaries|Mercenaries]]
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* [[AI War:Human Economical Units|Economical Units]]
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* [[AI War:Human Logistical Units|Logistical Units]]
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=== AI Units ===
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* [[AI War:Guard Posts|Guard Posts]]
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* [[AI War:Guardians|Guardians]]
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* [[AI War:Dire Guardians|Dire Guardians]]
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* [[AI War:AI Economical Units|Economical Units]]
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* [[AI War:AI Devices|Devices]]
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== Races ==
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* [[Lore:Humanity|Humanity]]: only playable race in AI War, mankind was nearly exterminated by the AI and is now seeking an opportunity to land a deadly strike at its opponent.
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* [[Lore:The AI|The AI]]: seemingly created by Humans during their civil war, the AI now seems preoccupied in another galaxy with grander design than Human's remains extermination.
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* [[Lore:Zenith|Zenith]]: eons old alien race only represented by its technological remains and scattered beings.
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* [[Lore:Neinzul|Neinzul]]: insectoid aliens of eternal children with extremely short life span.
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* [[Lore:Spire|Spire]]: mineral alien specie whose empire sprawl many distant galaxies.
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== Expansions ==
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''AI War has six expansions which variously include additional units, critical paths, AI types, lore, and music. The game is in ongoing development and receives regular bug fixes and balance adjustments based on community feedback. Major version updates typically coincide with new expansions and sometimes fold improvements from expansion development into the base game.''
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* The Zenith Remnant
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* Children of the Neinzul
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* Light of the Spire
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* Ancient Shadows
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* Vengeance of the Machine
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* Destroyer of Worlds
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== Strategy ==
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''The links below were part of the old version of this central page. They are very useful and interesting but may be outdated.''
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=== Introduction ===
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* [[AI War:Fast Facts|Fast Facts: A Crash Course On AI War]]
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* [[AI War:Starting Out|I'm Just Starting Out -- What Should I Do?]]
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* [[AI War:Choosing A Difficulty Level|How Do I Know What Difficulty Level To Play On?]]
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** [[AI War:Choosing A Difficulty Level#Is The Difficulty Really Constant Throughout A Game Of AI War? |Is The Difficulty Really Constant Throughout A Game Of AI War? ]]
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* [[AI War:Choosing A Map Size|What Difference Does The Map Size Make? (Hint: Tiny Maps Are Harder)]]
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* [[AI War:Choosing An AI Opponent|What are suggestions for a good first AI opponent?]]
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* [[AI War:Prerequisites to Winning|Steps Required To Win]]
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* [http://www.arcengames.com/aiwar_videos.php Video Tutorials (See An Expert Play)]
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=== General Gameplay ===
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* [[AI War:Getting More Ships|How Do I Get More Ships?]]
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* [[AI War:Using Older Ships|What Do I Do With My Older Ships?]]
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* [[AI War:Technologies|What Technologies Should I Unlock If I'm New?]]
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* [[AI War:Galaxy Map Priority Buttons|How Do I Use The Priority Buttons In The Galaxy Map?]]
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* [[AI War:Do Shots Miss|Do Shots Miss Sometimes?]]
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* [[AI War:Microing|Should I Micromanage Ships In Battle?]]
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* [[AI War:Ships Slowing Down|Some Of My Ships Are Extra Slow, Or Won't Move At All. Why?]]
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* [[AI War:Cheats|Are There Cheats In The Game?]]
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* [[AI War:Cheats#Maintenance Commands|What Maintenance Commands Available To Alter Existing Savegames?]]
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* [[AI War:Why Do Enemy Waves Get So Large%3F#How_Wave_Sizes_Are_Calculated|AI Wave Size Calculation]]
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* [[AI War:AI Progress#When To Worry|When Should I Be Worried About The AI Progress Getting Too High?]]
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* [[AI War:Minimizing Micromanagement|How Do I Minimize Micromanagement?]]
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* [[AI War:AI Progress#AI Only|Does The AI Progress Go Up When I Lose A Command Station?]]
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* [[AI War:Choosing A Difficulty Level#Like Chess, A Game Of AI War Has Three Abstract "Phases" |Like Chess, A Game Of AI War Has Three Abstract "Phases" ]]
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* [[AI War:Hacking|What is Hacking?]]
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=== Multiplayer Co-Op ===
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* [[AI War:Multiplayer|What are the differences between solo and multiplayer?]]
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* [[AI War:Multiplayer#How To Manage Player Drop-In and Drop-Out In Co-Op?|How To Manage Player Drop-In and Drop-Out In Co-Op?]]
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=== Expansions ===
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* [[AI War:Expansions Vs Free DLC|Expansions Vs Free DLC -- What's The Difference?]]
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* [[AI War:Base "Fleet Command" Game Features|What exactly are the features in the base game of AI War?]]
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* [[AI War:The Zenith Remnant|What exactly is added via The Zenith Remnant expansion?]]
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* [[AI War:Children of Neinzul|What exactly is added via the Children of Neinzul micro expansion?]]
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* [[AI War:Light of the Spire|What exactly is added via the Light of the Spire expansion?]]
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* [[AI War:Ancient Shadows|What exactly is added via the Ancient Shadows expansion?]]
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* [[AI War:Vengeance of the Machine|What exactly is added via the Vengeance of the Machine expansion?]]
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* [[AI War:Destroyer of Worlds|What exactly is added via the Destroyer of Worlds expansion?]]
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=== Game Setup ===
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* [[AI War:Minor Factions|Minor Factions]]
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* [[AI War:AI Plots|AI Plots]]
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* [[AI War:AI Opponent Types|AI Type]]
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* [[AI War:Map Style|Map Style]]
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=== Interface ===
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* Keyboard:  [[AI War:Keyboard Controls|Where Are The Keyboard Controls For The Game Documented?]]
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* [[AI War:Flashing In Galaxy Map|What Does Flashing On The Galaxy Map Indicate?]]
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* [[AI War:Quick Buttons|How Do the Quick Buttons At The Bottom Of The Screen Work?]]
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* [[AI War:Planetary Summary|About The Planetary Summary]]
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* [[AI War:Zoom|Is It Possible To Zoom All The Way Out?]]
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* [[AI War:Minimap|Why Is Clicking The Minimap Imprecise When I Am Zoomed In?]]
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* [[AI War:Queuing Orders|Can I Queue Multiple Attack Orders And Movement Orders?]]
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* [[AI War:Gifting Ships|What Are The Rules For Gifting Ships Between Players?]]
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* Formation: [[AI War:Formation Movement|How To Use Formation Move]]
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* Formation: [[AI War:Formation Movement#Arc Movement|How To Use Arc Move]] ''Note: Not implemented in 3.7 and higher''
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* [[AI War:Minimizing Micromanagement|How Do I Minimize Micromanagement?]]
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* [[AI War:Preferred Targets|How To Use Preferred Targets To Make Up For Deficiencies In Your Ship Mix]]
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=== Defense ===
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* New Counterattack Guard Posts: [[AI War:AI Unit - Warp CounterAttack GP|CounterAttack Guard Posts Can Launch A Wave Almost Anywhere]]
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* [[AI War:Wormhole Defense|How Do I Barricade A Wormhole?]]
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* Gate Raids: [[AI War:Gate Raids|How Do I Prevent Enemies From Sending Waves Against A Planet?]]
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* Gate Raids: [[AI War:Gate Raids#Benefits|What Does Gate Raiding Really Accomplish?]]
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* [[AI War:Defending Many Fronts|How Do I Defend My Ever-Expanding Fronts?]]
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* [[AI War:Are Turrets Useful?|Why Would I Unlock Turrets Instead Of Mobile Ships?]]
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* [[AI War:Securing Your Hinterland|How Do I Secure The Area Around My Planets?]]
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* [[AI War:Cross Planet Attacks|How Do I Prepare For Cross-Planet Attacks?]]
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* [[AI War:High Level AI Planets#What Is The Risk Of Not Destroying A High-Level AI Planet Next To My Home Planet?|What Is The Risk Of Not Destroying A High-Level AI Planet Next To My Home Planet?]]
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* [[AI War:Exo-Galaxy Wormholes|Why Is There An Exo-Galaxy Wormhole On My Home Planet?]]
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* [[AI War:Astro Trains#Defending Against|How Do I Defend Against Astro Trains?]]
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* [[AI War:Rate Of Expansion#Expanding In The Early Game|How Do I Protect Myself While Expanding In The Early Game? (Whipping Boys)]]
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* [[AI War:Rate Of Expansion#Keeping Ingress Points Low|How Do I Keep The Number Of Ingress Points Into My Territory Low?]]
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* [[AI War:Border Aggression#Defending Against Border Aggression|Defending Against Border Aggression]]
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=== Offense ===
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* [[AI War:Supply|How Does Supply Work?]]
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* [[AI War:Beachhead|How Do I Establish A Beachhead?]]
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* [[AI War:Scouting Best Practices|What's The Best Way To Handle Scouting?]]
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* [[AI War:Reinforcements|Why Does An Enemy Planet Get Reinforcements After Its Warp Gate Is Gone?]]
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* [[AI War:Capturable Locations|Are The Capturable Enemy Ships Always Away From My Starting Position?]]
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* [[AI War:High Level AI Planets|What Is The Risk Of Taking A Planet Next To High-Level AI Planets?]]
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* [[AI War:Taking High-Level Planets|How Do I Take A High-Level AI Planet?]]
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* [[AI War:Rate Of Expansion|How Fast Should I Be Taking Planets?]]
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* [[AI War:Rate Of Expansion#Expanding In The Early Game|How Do I Protect Myself While Expanding In The Early Game? (Whipping Boys)]]
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* [[AI War:AI Reinforcements#Neutering AI Planets|Neutering AI Planets]]
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* [[AI War:AI Reinforcements#Creating False Alarm Distractions On AI Planets|Creating False Alarm Distractions On AI Planets]]
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* [[AI War:Why Not To Use FRD Mode Offensively|Why Not To Use FRD Mode Offensively]]
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* [[AI War:STATS_Button_Overview#Reference_Tab_Q_and_A|If I have something hard to kill like a Superfortress how can I find the best ships to kill it?]]
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=== Economy ===
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* [[AI War:Getting More Knowledge|How Do I Get More Knowledge?]]
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* [[AI War:Resource Caps|Are There Resource Caps?  What Happens When I Hit Them?]]
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=== Ship-Specific Game Mechanics ===
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* Cloaking: [[AI War:Cloaking|How Does Cloaking Work?]]
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* Cloaking: [[AI War:Cloaking#No Auto-Attack|How Do I Prevent My Cloaked Ships From Auto-Attacking Enemies?]]
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* Cloaking: [[AI War:Cloaking#Cloaking Booster|How Do Cloaking Boosters Work?]]
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* [[AI War:Unable To Repair|Why Can't I Repair Some Ships (Such As Forts/Warheads)?]]
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* [[AI War:Mark V|Am I Ever Able To Build Core/Mark V Units?]]
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* [[AI War:Range|Why Do Some Ships (Such As The Fortress) Have Two Range Circles?]]
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* Radar Dampening: [[AI War:Radar Dampening|How Does Radar Dampening Work?]]
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* Rally Posts: [[AI War:Rally Posts|How Do Rally Posts Work?(beta)]]
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* Transports: [[AI War:Transports#Why Can't I Unload My Transports?|Why Can't I Unload My Transports?]]
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=== Ship Strategies & Errata ===
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''In an average game, the player's navy revolves around groups of [[AI_War:Ships_and_Structures#Fleet_Ships|fleet ships]] supplemented by [[AI_War:Ships_and_Structures#Starships|starship]]s and support vessels. A comprehensive ship compendium is being added, of which you can currently begin browsing by visiting the basic triangle ships: [[Fighter]]s, [[Bomber]]s, and [[Missile Frigate]]s.''
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* Advanced Research Stations: [[AI War:Advanced Research Stations|Does Losing One Of These Matter After I've Held It Once?]]
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* Astro Trains: [[AI War:Astro Trains|What Do These Do?]]
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* Astro Trains: [[AI War:Astro Trains#Defending Against|How Do I Defend Against Astro Trains?]]
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* Captive Human Settlements: [[AI War:Captive Human Settlements|Do I Gain Anything From Holding These?]]
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* Command Posts: [[AI War:Command Posts|What Do These Do?]]
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* Counter-Dark-Matter Turrets: [[AI War:Counter-Dark-Matter Turrets|What Are These Good For?]]
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* Electric Shuttles: [[AI War:Lightning Turrets And Electric Shuttles|How Do I Effectively Attack Them?]]
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* Engineers: [[AI War:Engineers|How Can I Best Use These?]]
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* Engineers: [[AI War:Engineers#Repairs|What Restrictions Are There On When An Engineer Can Repair Another Ship?]]
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* Force Fields: [[AI War:Force Fields|How Do I Kill Them?]]
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* Force Fields: [[AI War:Force Fields#Protection Radius|How Much Of A Ship Needs To Be Covered By A Forcefield To Get Its Protection?]]
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* Force Fields: [[AI War:Force Fields#Mobile Force Fields|What Uses Are There For The Mobile Nature Of Force Field Generators?]]
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* Golems: [[AI War:Golems|What Are Golems?]]
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* Golems: [[AI War:Golems#Benefits And Risks Of Capturing|What Are The Benefits And Risks Of Capturing Golems?]]
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* Golems: [[AI War:Golems#Golem Supply|Why Is My Golem Out Of Supply?]]
 +
* Golems: [[AI War:Golems#Killing A Mining Golem|How Do I Kill A Mining Golem?]]
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* Golems: [[AI War:Golems#Working With A Zenith Trader|How Do I Work With A Zenith Trader?]]
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* Golems: [[AI War:Golems#Surviving A Zenith Devourer|How Do I Survive A Zenith Devourer?]]
 +
* Golems: [[AI War:Golems#Interacting With A Dyson Sphere|How Do I Interact With A Dyson Sphere?]]
 +
* Guard Posts: [[AI War:Guard Posts|What Do These Do?]]
 +
* Guardians: [[AI War:Guardians|What are Guardians?]]
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* Guardians: [[AI War:Guardians#AI Difficulty Level Effects On Guardians|How does Changing AI Difficulty Affect Guardians?]]
 +
* Guardians: [[AI War:Guardians#Types_of_Guardians|Types Of Guardians]]
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* Ion Cannons: [[AI War:Ion Cannons|What Do I Do About Them?]]
 +
* Lightning Turrets: [[AI War:Lightning Turrets And Electric Shuttles|How Do I Effectively Attack Them?]]
 +
* Mines: [[AI War:Mines|Are Ships Supposed To Be Able To Slip Past Mines?]]
 +
* Mines: [[AI War:Mines#Clearing Mines|How Do I Clear Enemy Mines?]]
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* Mines: [[AI War:Mines#Remains|What Is The Best Way To Clear The Remains Of Enemy Mines?]]
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* Mines: [[AI War:Mines#PermaMines|How To Kill PermaMines?]]
 +
* Missile Frigates: [[AI War:Missile Frigates|Are These Overpowered?]]
 +
* Orbital Mass Drivers: [[AI War:Orbital Mass Drivers|What Are Orbital Mass Drivers?]]
 +
* Parasites: [[AI War:Parasites|What's The Best Way To Use Them?]]
 +
* Planetary Subcommanders: [[AI War:Planetary Subcommanders|What are Planetary Subcommanders?]]
 +
* Raid Engines: [[AI War:The_Zenith_Remnant#Situational_Awareness_AI_Weapons|What Do These Do?]]
 +
* Shields: [[AI War:Shield_Damage_Reduction|What's This About Units Doing Less Damage When Protected By Forcefields?]]
 +
* Special Forces Alarm Posts: [[AI War:The_Zenith_Remnant#Situational_Awareness_AI_Weapons|What Do These Do?]]
 +
* Special Forces Guard Posts: [[AI War:Special Forces Guard Posts|What Do These Do?]]
 +
* Special Forces Guard Posts: [[AI War:Special Forces Guard Posts#How To Destroy?|How Do I Destroy Them?]]
 +
* Spiders And Weak Ships: [[AI War:Spiders And Weak Ships|What Are These(And Other Weaker Ships) Good For?]]
 +
* Starships: [[AI War:Starships|How Do I Best Use Them?]]
 +
* Starships: [[AI War:Starships#Scout Starships|What Are Scout Starships Good For?]]
 +
* Starships: [[AI War:Starships#Riot Starships|How Do I Use Riot Starships?]]
 +
* SuperFortresses: [[AI War:SuperFortresses|What Do I Do About Them?]]
 +
* Tachyon Beams: [[AI War:Tachyon Beams|Why Do Yellow Beams Come Out Of Nowhere And Hit My Ships?]]
 +
* The Eye: [[AI War:AI Unit - The Eye |What does the AI Eye do?]]
 +
* Warheads: [[AI War:Missiles|How Do I Get EMPs, Nukes, And Other Warheads?]]
 +
* Warheads: [[AI War:Missiles#Nukes|How Do I Use Nukes?]]
 +
* Warheads: [[AI War:Missiles#EMPs|How Do I Use EMPs?]]
 +
* Warheads: [[AI War:Missiles#Lightning Warheads|How Do I Use Lightning Warheads?]]
 +
* Warheads: [[AI War:Missiles#Armored Warheads|How Do I Use Armored Warheads?]]
 +
* Warp Gates: [[AI War:Gate Raids#Warp Gates|How Does A Warp Gate Work?]]
 +
 
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=== AI ===
 +
* AI Story: [[AI War:AI Story|How Does The AI Think?]]
 +
* AI Story: [[AI War:AI Story#What Does AI Progress Really Represent?|What Does AI Progress Really Represent?]]
 +
* AI Story: [[AI War:AI Story#Why Does The AI Progress Go Up When The AI Destroys Key Structures Of Mine?|Why Does The AI Progress Go Up When The AI Destroys Key Structures Of Mine?]]
 +
* AI Tech: [[AI War:AI Techs|At What AI Progress Does The AI Tech Level Increase?]]
 +
* AI Tech: [[AI War:AI Techs#Tech Display By AI Progress|What Does The Roman Numeral In Parentheses Next To The AI Progress Mean?]]
 +
* AI Tech: [[AI War:AI Techs#Bonus Ship Types For AI|What Bonus Ship Types Does The AI Get?]]
 +
* AI Ship Behaviors: [[AI War:AI Ships|What Are The General Behaviors That AI Ships Can Have?]]
 +
* AI Reinforcements: [[AI War:AI Reinforcements|How Do Basic AI Reinforcements Work?]]
 +
* AI Reinforcements: [[AI War:AI Reinforcements#AI Alert Level|What Causes An AI Planet To Go On Alert?]]
 +
* AI Reinforcements: [[AI War:AI Reinforcements#AI Alert Level|How Does The AI Alert Level Affect Where The AI Reinforces?]]
 +
* AI Reinforcements: [[AI War:AI Reinforcements#How Do AI Reinforcements Work At An Individual Planet?|How Do AI Reinforcements Work At An Individual Planet?]]
 +
* AI Reinforcements: [[AI War:AI Reinforcements#How Do Reinforcements Work After All The Planets "Fill Up?"|How Do Reinforcements Work After All The Planets "Fill Up?"]]
 +
* AI Waves: [[AI War:Why_Do_Enemy_Waves_Get_So_Large%3F#How_Wave_Sizes_Are_Calculated|How Are Wave Sizes Calculated?]]
 +
* AI Progress: [[AI War:AI Progress Strategy|What Happens If The AI Progress Is Lowered After Passing A Tech-Up Threshold?]]
 +
* AI Progress: [[AI War:AI Progress Strategy#When To Worry|When Should I Be Worried About The AI Progress Getting Too High?]]
 +
* AI Progress: [[AI War:AI Progress Strategy#What Causes AI Progress Changes?|What Causes AI Progress Changes?]]
 +
* AI Progress: [[AI War:AI Progress Strategy#AI Only|Does The AI Progress Go Up When I Lose A Command Station?]]
 +
* Cross-Planet Attacks: [[AI War:Cross_Planet_Attacks#How Do Cross-Planet Attacks Work?|How Do Cross-Planet Attacks Work?]]
 +
* Border Aggression: [[AI War:Border Aggression|How Does Border Aggression Work?]]
 +
* AI Design: [[AI War:AI Design|What Makes The Design Of This AI Unique From An Under-The-Hood Perspective?]]
 +
* Exogalactic Strikeforces: [[AI War:How Exogalactic Strikeforces Work|How Do Exogalactic Strikeforces Work?]]
 +
 
 +
=== Higher Difficulties Only ===
 +
* [[AI War:Resource Defense|How Do I Defend Against The AI Destroying All My Resources?]]
 +
* [[AI War:No Warning On Waves?|Why Are Waves Coming In Without Warning?]]
 +
* [[AI War:Keeping Astro Trains Away|How Do I Keep Astro Trains Off My Planets?]]
 +
* [[AI War:Why Do Enemy Waves Get So Large?|Why Do The Enemy Waves Get So Large So Fast?]]
 +
 
 +
== Design Philosophy ==
 +
 
 +
* [[AI War:Design Complexity|Why The Complex Interrelation Of Ship Damage Mechanisms?]]
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* [[AI War:Design Complexity#Why Does The Game Force Variety On The Player? |Why Does The Game Force Variety On The Player? ]]
 +
* [[AI War:Micromanagement|Why Doesn't The Game Automate Scouting or Reactor Management?]]
 +
* [[AI War:Micromanagement#Why The Emphasis On Taking Many Planets?|Why The Emphasis On Taking Many Planets?]]
 +
* [[AI War:Lack Of Ship Upgrades|Why Are Ships Not Upgradeable?]]
 +
* [[AI War:AI Design|What Makes The Design Of This AI Unique From An Under-The-Hood Perspective?]]
 +
* [[AI War:Minimizing Micromanagement|How Does The Game Minimize Micromanagement?]]
 +
* [[AI War:Controlling The Tempo|Why Does The Human Player Always Have The "Tempo?"]]
 +
* [[AI War:The New System That Began In 4.0|The New System That Began In 4.0]]
 +
 
 +
== Story ==
 +
 
 +
* [[AI War:Overall Mission|What Is My Overall Mission?]]
 +
* [[AI War:AI Story|How Does The AI Think?]]
 +
* [[AI War:Zenith Aliens|Who Are The Zenith Aliens?]]
 +
 
 +
== Settings ==
 +
 
 +
* [[AI War:TBS-Friendly Pause|What Is TBS-Friendly Pause?]]
 +
* [[AI War:Alternate Planet Names|How Do I Use altplanetnames.txt?]]
 +
* [[AI War:Disabled AI Types|How Do I Use disabledaitypes.txt?]]
 +
 
 +
== Player-Created Strategy Resources ==
 +
 
 +
* [[AI War:Ships and Structures|Ships and Structures]]
 +
* [[AI War:Admiral's General Strategy In AI War|Admiral's General Strategy In AI War]]
 +
* [[AI War:Factors Affecting The Strategic Value of Systems|Factors Affecting The Strategic Value of Systems]]
 +
* [[AI War:Glossary|Glossary]]
 +
 
 +
* [http://www.arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,8598.0.html List of fleet tactics and overall strategies]
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* [http://www.arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,7514.0.html Can't even make it past the tutorial]
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* [http://www.arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,1839.0.html Tips for New Players]
 +
* [http://www.arcengames.com/forums/index.php/board,31.0.html AI War Strategy Discussion Forum]
 +
* [http://www.arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,11678.msg121099.html User-friendly spreadsheet comparing caps of Mark I ships]
 +
* [http://www.arcengames.com/forums/index.php?topic=13369.0 Kahuna's Guide To AI War:Find Your Inner Super Cat!]
 +
 
 +
== Release History ==
 +
 
 +
Please note that there are generally prerelease beta versions available at any given time of the year, and there have been literally hundreds of those in between all of the official releases noted below.
 +
 
 +
* Upcoming: [[AI War:Current Post-8.000 Beta|Current Post-8.000 Beta]]
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* August 18th, 2014: [[AI War:Current Post-7.000 Beta|8.000 (First Official Release Of Destroyer of Worlds)]]
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* June 17th, 2013: [[AI War:Current Post-6.000 Beta|7.000 (First Official Release Of Vengeance Of The Machine)]]
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* October 19th, 2012: [[AI War:6.000_Release|6.000 (First Official Release Of Ancient Shadows]])
 +
* January 27, 2011: [[AI War:5.000 Release|5.000 (First Official Release Of Light Of The Spire)]]
 +
* October 28, 2010: [[AI War:4.021 Release|4.021]]
 +
* October 26, 2010: [[AI War:4.000 Release|4.000 (First Official Release Of Children of Neinzul, First Unity Release)]]
 +
* May 6, 2010: [[AI War:3.120 Release|3.120]]
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* March 9, 2010: [[AI War:3.060 Release|3.060]]
 +
* January 12, 2010: [[AI War:3.000 Release|3.000 (First Official Release Of The Zenith Remnant)]]
 +
* October 20, 2009: [[AI War:2.000 Release|2.000 (First Release On Steam/Direct2Drive)]]
 +
* September 18, 2009: [[AI War:1.301 Release|1.301]]
 +
* September 1, 2009: [[AI War:1.201 Release|1.201]]
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* August 6, 2009: [[AI War:1.013 Release|1.013]]
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* August 1, 2009: [[AI War:1.012 Release|1.012]]
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* July 31, 2009: [[AI War:1.011 Release|1.011]]
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* July 16, 2009: [[AI War:1.010 Release|1.010]]
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* July 8, 2009: [[AI War:1.009 Release|1.009]]
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* June 29, 2009: [[AI War:1.008 Release|1.008 (First Release On GamersGate)]]
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* June 24, 2009: [[AI War:1.007 Release|1.007]]
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* June 17, 2009: [[AI War:1.006 Release|1.006]]
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* June 10, 2009: [[AI War:1.005 Release|1.005]]
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* June 1, 2009: [[AI War:1.004 Release|1.004]]
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* May 23, 2009: [[AI War:1.003 Release|1.003 (First Release On Impulse)]]
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* May 19, 2009: [[AI War:1.002 Release|1.002]]
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* May 14, 2009: [[AI War:1.001 Release|1.001]]
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* May 14, 2009: [[AI War:1.000 Release|1.000 (First Official Release)]]
 +
* May 13, 2009: [[AI War:0.940 Release|0.940 (First Public Prerelease)]]
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 +
== Technical Support ==
 +
 
 +
* [[AI War:MantisBT Overview|Bug Reporting and Suggestion Tracking using the new Mantis software]]
  
'''Technical Support'''
 
 
* [http://www.arcengames.com/forums/index.php?board=3.0 Technical Support Forums]
 
* [http://www.arcengames.com/forums/index.php?board=3.0 Technical Support Forums]
 
* [http://arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,4.0.html System Requirements]
 
* [http://arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,4.0.html System Requirements]
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* [http://arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,74.0.html Optimizing Performance In Multiplayer]
 
* [http://arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,74.0.html Optimizing Performance In Multiplayer]
 
* [http://arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,53.0.html Desync in multiplayer? Check this first.]
 
* [http://arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,53.0.html Desync in multiplayer? Check this first.]
* [http://arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,11.0.html Trouble applying the latest patch?]
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* [http://www.arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,7657.0.html Trouble applying the latest patch?]
 
* [http://arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,7.0.html FIREWALLS - Configure, or use VPN]
 
* [http://arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,7.0.html FIREWALLS - Configure, or use VPN]
 
* [http://arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,5.0.html VOICE SUPPORT - Use Skype, Teamspeak, etc.]
 
* [http://arcengames.com/forums/index.php/topic,5.0.html VOICE SUPPORT - Use Skype, Teamspeak, etc.]

Latest revision as of 19:48, 22 November 2018

AI War:Fleet Command

AI War: Fleet Command is the flagship video game of Arcen Games, first released in 2009. Up to eight players battle a pair of rampant artificial intelligences once used by warring human superpowers, in the aftermath of the AI's near complete victory over humanity. Human players must avoid the notice of AI powers while preparing for an attack against the AI homeworlds. The game takes place on a procedurally generated galaxy map with between 10 and 120 planets in a genre splicing mix of Real-Time Strategy, 4X, and Tower Defense.

AI War is known for its gameplay depth, the behavior of its AI opponents, and strong ties between fans and creators.

Upcoming and latest patch-notes.

More About

AI War: Fleet Command is a space-based RTS with incredible AI and the largest number of units (30,000+ in most games) of any game we know of. Up to eight players team up against two deadly AI civilizations in lengthy, multi-session campaigns spanning a 10-120 planet galaxy map. Over 120 hours of content means there is always something new to discover. Whether you're a newbie or a genre veteran when it comes to RTS, you'll discover something startlingly new and fun when you and your friends start executing coordinated attacks with thousands of ships!

  • Cooperative RTS game (1-8 players) with numerous unique ship types.
  • Challenging AI in 26 styles, 20 additional with the first two expansions; many with unique superweapons.
  • Insanely high unit counts: 30,000+ ships in most games.
  • Lengthy campaigns featuring up to 120 simultaneous planetary battlefields.
  • Different Every Time: 16 billion procedural maps, each with specific units.
  • A focus on deep strategy that you don't get in most RTS games.

Game Setup

Objectives

Players can refer to in-game objective list (accessed through "Message Log") which is dynamically updated during play.

Economy

Ship mechanisms

AI Mechanisms

General

Offense

Defense

Units

Shared Units

Human Units

AI Units

Races

  • Humanity: only playable race in AI War, mankind was nearly exterminated by the AI and is now seeking an opportunity to land a deadly strike at its opponent.
  • The AI: seemingly created by Humans during their civil war, the AI now seems preoccupied in another galaxy with grander design than Human's remains extermination.
  • Zenith: eons old alien race only represented by its technological remains and scattered beings.
  • Neinzul: insectoid aliens of eternal children with extremely short life span.
  • Spire: mineral alien specie whose empire sprawl many distant galaxies.

Expansions

AI War has six expansions which variously include additional units, critical paths, AI types, lore, and music. The game is in ongoing development and receives regular bug fixes and balance adjustments based on community feedback. Major version updates typically coincide with new expansions and sometimes fold improvements from expansion development into the base game.

  • The Zenith Remnant
  • Children of the Neinzul
  • Light of the Spire
  • Ancient Shadows
  • Vengeance of the Machine
  • Destroyer of Worlds

Strategy

The links below were part of the old version of this central page. They are very useful and interesting but may be outdated.

Introduction

General Gameplay

Multiplayer Co-Op

Expansions

Game Setup

Interface

Defense

Offense

Economy

Ship-Specific Game Mechanics

Ship Strategies & Errata

In an average game, the player's navy revolves around groups of fleet ships supplemented by starships and support vessels. A comprehensive ship compendium is being added, of which you can currently begin browsing by visiting the basic triangle ships: Fighters, Bombers, and Missile Frigates.

AI

Higher Difficulties Only

Design Philosophy

Story

Settings

Player-Created Strategy Resources

Release History

Please note that there are generally prerelease beta versions available at any given time of the year, and there have been literally hundreds of those in between all of the official releases noted below.

Technical Support