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Guides - Build Queue Control

This page provide links to documents related to controlling the Build Queue at

This section of the documentation is dedicated to providing players with suggestions and advice on how to play better. Unlike the other sections, there is a large amount of subjective material here. These are opinions as to how to play and ideas about advanced play. If an idea works for you, feel free to use it. If it doesn't work for you, don't use it.

Much of this information is external to Most of the external information was written for the VGA Planets game from which was derived, and may not accurately reflect how to do a specific task at The editors of the Planets Magazine work to keep their information current, but even there some outdated guides may exist, so use caution.

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In, a large fleet is critical to winning the game. The most commonly used method to accumulate a large fleet is by controlling the Build Queue.

Priority Build Points (PBP) System

Queue Jamming

The most basic method of queue control is called Queue Jamming. In order to do this, a player (often a Lizard, due to the Lizard mining advantage and HISSSSS! mission, but it works for anyone) will build multiple early starbases and use them to spam-build relatively useless small (read: inexpensive) ships like the Small Deep Space Freighter. This has the advantage of rushing the moment of the Ship Limit while simultaneously generating a bank of mobile PBPs in starship form. The down side, of course, is that you'll end up owning a large number of seemingly useless vessels. Don't despair, though; this external article has some ideas for what to do with them.

Merlin Build Control

It is possible to manage your PBPs such that you can build starships whenever you need to. This is called Merlin Build Control (MBC), and is discussed in the external article Confessions of a Queue Controller.

It is also possible to use this tactic to take over the Build Queue such that other players don't get a chance to build any ships. This is more difficult than the previous control example, and normally lasts only a limited number of turns (until your PBPs are no longer the highest). This is an excellent way for the player with the strongest fleet to make the final push for a win.

Priority Queue (PQ) System

At this time, the only known way to control the Build Queue in the PQ system is to use the Priority Queue to build enough starships to stop the Regular Queue (see Queue Jamming above). This should happen automatically in every game. Even then, it is still possible for players to build starships with their accumulated Priority Points, but it's important to note that, if any one player has sufficient point and ship abundance, the PQ system has no method for recovery from a dominated position.