An unforeseen threat in deep space has rendered a powerful starship battered and broken. Thankfully, its human crew is still safely in hibernation, and largely undamaged. All that remains aboard is the fleet of drones that have now been tasked with repairing the ship into an operable state. As the ship’s AI, it is on your digital shoulders to successfully give orders to these drones and direct their work so that the humans can continue their work of exploring and charting out the stars.
This is the goal that is presented to players in Stardeus, a deep, intricate colony simulator where every decision you make means continued life in a secure starship, or painful death in the void of space. That’s a lot of pressure, even for a non-human construct, but you don’t have to go through it alone. With the tips & tricks in this Stardeus Beginner’s Guide, you’ll have all of the knowledge you need to restore, rebuild, and regain power over a seemingly hopeless situation. So gather up your drones and let’s get to work!
Prep the Ship
When you begin a new game of Stardeus, the first thing you should focus on is making the ship safe for the humans when they eventually wake up. The Stasis Array you begin with is set to release a human crewmate at regular intervals whether your area is prepared or not, which can spell disaster if you haven’t taken the steps to make an area safe for them. It is possible to set the array so that a human is released on demand, but it uses a ton of energy that you won’t have access to so early in the game.
So, the first things you’ll want to do is build stable rooms by placing walls and putting oxygen generators along with heaters in those rooms so that there is breathable air for the humans. Without these things, the humans will die instantly, causing you to fail the scenario. You can place vents throughout the ship to transfer heat and oxygen to other rooms without building too many extra units.
With the oxygen and heat set up for the awakening humans, they will then have several things they’ll need to attend to upon waking up. First, they’ll need to use the bathroom. It’s important to build washroom facilities and connect them to oxygen and heat because if you don’t have a bathroom available for your humans they will relieve themselves on the floor. And, even worse, that mess will remain there until you obtain cleaning drones, which won’t happen for quite a while. Yuck.
Advancing and Exploring
Once you have a team of humans who have awoken along with your drones, you’ll have a stable workforce that can work together to not only advance the reconstruction of the ship but also to explore the area surrounding it to mine and collect materials. It is important to note that the ability of each unit to complete these various tasks is based on their skill levels.
Sending in a unit to complete a task they are not suited for will increase their skill in that area, but the job itself won’t be completed to its full potential. It’s important to try to build up the skills of your units while also making sure jobs are completed quickly and efficiently, so try not to just have the units who are fully suited to a job doing that work all the time. Having a balanced workforce will be more beneficial than having just a few units that can do a few things well.
Engaging in Trade
When you have a few humans awake, you should then build a communicator. This machine will allow you to send messages to other groups such as traders. Gaining access to all of the different merchants in the game will open up a ton of opportunities for your playthrough, so make sure to do this as soon as you can. Having another way to bring in materials and resources you wouldn’t normally be able to find is going to be incredibly helpful.
Just note that once the signal is sent out, it will take some time to be picked up and it’ll take even longer for merchants to respond to it. That’s why it’s so important to get the communicator set up and the signal sent out as soon as you can.
Hopefully, these tips will help you along in your mission to rebuild your starship and make your way back to your home planet. Remember to plan and make decisions carefully so you don’t lose your humans to the void of space. Good luck!