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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

  • You should separate these questions since they are really different. – Otto V. Aug 8 '16 at 19:53
  • The second part of the question is no longer applicable, as artifacts were removed from the game in 0.15 – Shadur Sep 6 '17 at 7:24
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Here's what happened:

  • No, it was not necessary to build a railway to launch the rocket. My copper did run out at one point, so I built a copper mining outpost and hooked it up to my base with conveyor belts. My iron never ran out.

  • No, it was not necessary to research or build guns or power armor. I cleared out some nearby bases with laser turrets -- basically, I killed the ones that seemed likely to smell my pollution and attack -- and that was more than sufficient to research the rocket. I didn't get a close look at the aliens because my turrets mostly killed them when they were off screen, but it didn't look like they had evolved significantly.

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