I generally colonize one system each of the three first turns. I want to start improving systems as soon as possible. During these first turns, I use the Colony Hives to colonize the systems with the highest quality and minerals--Yellow stars. This way, your first systems all have really high quality.
I'm considering a new approach, use the Colony Hive ships to colonize red or white stars. These systems quality can be as low as 2, but with a Colony Hive will give you maximum quality. In this way I can decrease the odds of having an early colony with low quality.
Post by johndramey on Jan 14, 2016 20:49:28 GMT -5
Well, and correct me if I'm wrong, since our first three colonies are guaranteed to be grade A colonies, I'll usually settle what suits the faction. So, for Javat, I'll try to find them a red star to settle, for most others, yellow is usually better.
I make sure to colonize one colony a turn for the first three turns, though, as a single turn of lag can have long term effects on your economy.
I usually prioritize economy and colony stuff off the bat, so once I get my hands on colony ships and exchanges, I beeline straight for colony tech. Having mark 2 modules is such a huge boon.
Post by johndramey on Jan 14, 2016 23:02:13 GMT -5
That's actually not that bad of an idea. Actually, having thought about it a bit, that's a good idea. I mean, by the time you are able to fully utilize 30-something quality points on a system, you'll more than likely have at least a few other strong economic colonies up. Why not insure the middling systems are great in the beginning, than possibly get a few duds mid game?