Short Format Rule Changes
—> Short Format Rule Changes
For a team to succeed in
Nu League , at least one of the members must master Short Format games, such as Dogfights and
Blitzes. These matches are unlike anything else in Planets, because they end quickly and the maps are small. Overcoming these odds can earn points for a League team.
cram eight players onto a very small map (often the diameter is less than 300 Light Years). These combats are intense, chaotic, and a rush of excitement. You are often attacked from every angle, so each turn is a struggle to stay alive.
competition is meant to be a fast-paced game, where 2 players - or two teams of 2 players - go head-to-head on a small map (often the diameter is less than 400 Light Years). Quick economic development and superior ship-to-ship tactics carry commanders to the top. Since only 2-4 empires are involved, Turns run as fast as players hit the "End Turn" button.
The game of Planets tends to balance out when it is played on larger maps and with all 11 races, but custom contests which drastically reduce these particulars often imbalance gameplay; for example, some races are stronger in the early turns, while some races take longer to develop. In an attempt to level the playing field for all races in these short games, the 2021 League season utilizes the following modifications to the normal ruleset:
Lizards : Mining bonus is reduced to 150%.
Cyborg : Assimilation rate is double. There is no 20% tax limit.
Evil Empire : Free fighters per turn is increased to 15.
NOTE: In 2021, these settings were applied as a custom game feature and are listed as "Small Format."