NOTE: Planets.nu uses two different systems to drive priority builds. Some games use this, and the others use the older PBP system. Check to make sure you're in a PQ (Production Queue) game before going on.
In the Nu Year 0044 a cross-race agreement was made to improve the starship build queue, enabling each race to have more control over their own destiny. This system is called the Production Queue and works as follows:
There is a soft limit of 500 total starships that can be built in any game. This limit is imposed to prevent the game from becoming too big and to force players to begin fighting in order to build more starships. Once there are 500 starships in the game it is now possible to continue to build ships by spending Priority Points.
Before the ship limit is reached, all starbases will be selected to build starships. After the ship limit is reached, each turn, starbases will be randomly selected to build starships until the ship limit has been reached. When a starbase is selected it will do one of the following:
It should be noted that a starbase will only be selected for a build if it is actually capable of building a starship. For this reason, the Mining Stations will never be selected for a build.
Players can use Priority Points to build new starships at any time, regardless of the number of starships in existence. As long as there exists a legal ship number (up to 999) and a player has enough priority points, the vessel can be built.
Priority building of starships cost:
For starships with a hull mass over 1000 KT, only the first 1000 KT is charged for.
Examples (default settings used):
You can use your Priority Points by setting a starbase Friendly Code to pb1, pb2, ..., pb9 and they will build in ascending order. Multiple starbases may share a code, but if any does and lacks a build this may confuse the ship-building system.
Priority Points can be earned in several ways:
Starships can be built at several different times during the host order. The relevant steps are as follows:
(Please note: The above is approximate, and based on the Simplified version of the Host Order. For more information, please see the page on The Host Order Of Shipbuilding.)