Questions tagged [alpha-centauri]

A 4X turn-based strategy game from 1999 by Firaxis Games based around competing ideological factions colonizing an aggressive semi-sentient planet.

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Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri crahing late game (resources(?))

I have been playing SMAC since it came out, 20 years. I finally got round to playing on the hardest level and, late game (just about GravShip), it looks like I have a chance to win. However, the game ...
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Can I de-rockify rocky terrain in SMAC

Is there any way to terraform rocky terrain in SMAC, so that it is no longer rocky?
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Can I get an overview of all bases' production capability in SMAC?

As the title says. I can see best bases, but I don't think that I can see how much production each base is capable of. Sometimes I want to build two wonders & just queue the at the base with the ...
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Why would I want to plant fungus in SMAC (Sid Meiers' Alpha Centauri)?

The answer to this question got me to thinking. When playing 4x games, I only ever play the faction which has an advantage in knowledge - which got me to thinking and asking this question For a ...
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How to modify Alpha Centauri Alien Crossfire?

This site gives some excellent information about how to modify various text files to tweak the original game. Is there a similar way to tweak Alien Crossfire? Update: For instance, it says: In the ...
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Can I change the difficulty level of a save game in Alpha Centauri?

I have just finished a great game of Alpha Centauri on Thinker level. The randomly generated map was great to play, and I would like to replay it on Transcend level. I have an early save game; is ...
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Does nuking ocean bases cause pollution?

I am very late game on a huge map. Some time back, I experienced a lot of pollution, many mind worm attacks and sea levels rising. I chose green politics and started building lots of tree farms, ...
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SMAC: Should I use Psi attack?

I am late game Alien Crossfire, attacking with gravitons aremed with string disruptor. Unfortunately, the others have gotten wise and are building everything AAA. In a way, that's good, as it is ...
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SMAC: Should I initiate flooding?

I have gotten into a rut: play university race up the tech tree build one thermal borehole per city when available, have hundreds of formers, to raise land levels in preparation for the inevitable ...
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SMAC: (how) can I move all of my formers first?

I am in the late game, with lots of mind worm attacks, no matter how green I am. Often, when military units ask for orders, I tell them to skip this turn. Inevitably, I later move a settler to ...
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SMAC : how to zoom to/find a city?

Almost two decades now, and I never found this out. Even a hotkey FAQ doesn't help. At the start of a turn, I get a message "something awful happened at/near <city name>. I only ever play ...
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SMAC : Am I planting too many forests?

I have been playing SMAC on and off since it was released almost 20 years ago. Every few years, I play for a few months, then move on to something else, but I always come back. I think that I long ...
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How do forests grow in Alpha Centauri?

How many adjacent squares of forest do I have to plant before they will begin to expand? And is there a formula, such that the more adjacent forest squares, the greater chance of auto expansion?
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Do rivers cause eco-damage in Side Meier's Alpha Centauri?

Looking at a wiki page, I see that condensers, which cause rain, cause eco-damage. I can only presume that is because Planet prefers to be dry, or that rain causes plants which destroy fungus. Using ...
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How can I check whether a city Network Node has already been linked to an Alien Artifact?

One of the rules in Alpha Centauri is that each Network Node in a colony can only be used once with an Alien Artifact, to receive the research breakthrough. Other than keeping track manually of each ...
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What determines the direction a river takes?

A river can never flow upwards, of course. But if there are multiple squares that the river could flow into, how does the game choose one?
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Alpha Centauri 1 link alien artifact to network node

I'm currently playing Alpha Centauri 1. I understand that you can link an alien artifact to a city that has a network node in it. I've got an alien artifact on a city. I can't find out how to link ...
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Am I not responsible for collateral damage?

In a recent play-through of Alpha Centauri I encountered some strange AI behaviour: As governor of the planetary council I lifted the atrocity ban. Then I allied with one faction and dropped a ...
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Where can I find the complete tech tree?

I've been playing my first game of Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. While the game is fairly enjoyable, I haven't been able to get my head around the tech tree. The game doesn't appear to be able to show ...
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How come air units cause two drones even if they're in the home base?

In Alpha Centauri, with Social Engineering -5 Police states: two extra drones for each military unit away from territory. Why do I get two drones per air unit even if they're in the home base?
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Alpha Centauri (GOG version) is using up nearly 100% cpu

SMAC is overheating my Win7 64-bit, Core Duo 2.0Ghz, 4GB RAM machine and when I check the Task Manager after playing a few minutes (nothing major happens in the game, I just build my base and move the ...