This is my first free-play game of Factorio. I've built a bunch of technologies, and I'm starting to think about what I'll need to build the rocket silo. It looks like I'm going to need a whole bunch of basic resources, plus a few hundred alien artifact orbs.
Question: is it going to be necessary for me to build a railway in order to get enough resources to build the rocket pod? Can I fudge it with, y'know, a few mining bases and a long conveyor belt, or will I be collecting resources from all over the map?-
Question: what is necessary to get a few hundred alien artifact orbs? Can I do this with leapfrogging laser turrets, or do I need to research the power armor II and get a bunch of capsules? How many alien bases will I need to clean out to get this many orbs? EDIT: Alien artifacts no longer exist as of 0.15