Planets are among some of the most valuable tradable digital collectibles in the NextColony universe. They are also a very essential component for the expansion of your empire! You can collect new planets by exploring deep space, purchasing them from the Market, trading them for other assets or receiving them as a Gift from another player.
When you first enter the NextColony universe, your Alpha planet (the free planet you begin the game with) will Spawn, or appear, in a certain area of the galaxy.
Spawning refers to this very act of a planet being born, or reborn (see Respawn), into the universe. When an Alpha planet Spawns, it is given an area of 11x11 Tiles, known as a Solar System. As mentioned in the Galaxy section, the NextColony universe is comprised of an infinite grid of Tiles, which are organized as follows:
- 1 Tile = Planet
- 11x11 Tiles = 1 Solar System
- 121x121 Tiles or 11x11 Solar Systems = 1 Quadrant
- 1331x1331 Tiles or 11x11 Quadrants = 1 Galaxy
The NextColony universe began at 0/0 with the Legendary Planet Earth. It was centered in the first Solar System of 11x11 Tiles. That Solar System was surrounded by many other unexplored Solar Systems, forming the First Quadrant, or what is referred to as the Galactic Center. Around this Galactic Center, there is a Ring of Quadrants, 3 to the north, 3 to the south and 1 on each side to the east and west. This Ring of Quadrants is known as the Alpha Ring - the first Non-Spawn Ring; meaning, this area does not Spawn Alpha planets, and is completely unexplored when a new galaxy is formed. It should also be noted that the Galactic Center is also a Non-Spawn area, and that the Legendary Planet Earth was an exception, being that it was the NextColony's first Spawned planet.
Surrounding the Alpha Ring, is another larger Ring, known as the Beta Ring. This is where new players begin to Spawn randomly into the game to begin their NextColony adventure. Each new Alpha planet is randomly entered into an 11x11 Tile Solar System, but unlike the Legendary Planet Earth, the new planet can Spawn anywhere within that Solar System, resulting in some players Spawning close to other players on the borders of their respective Solar Systems.
This Beta Ring is surrounded by another Non-Spawn area known as the Gamma Ring, where you will find a vast area of unexplored Tiles in the new galaxy. Beyond the Gamma Ring is another Spawning area, called the Delta Ring. Being much larger than the previous Spawning area, it takes more time to fill up. And finally, the outermost Ring of the Galaxy is another Non-Spawning area known as the Epsilon Ring. At the four corners of the Epsilon Ring are found the next galaxies that will form once the Alpha Galaxy has filled its Spawning areas.
Around this Alpha Galaxy is another kind of Ring - a Galactic Beta Ring - which is comprised of 3 galaxies to the north, 3 to the south and 1 on each side to the east and west. Those galaxies will either be Spawn or Non-Spawn galaxies. Forming an X, the next galaxy to Spawn new players is to the top-right, known as Beta Galaxy 1/1. This will be followed by another galaxy to the bottom-right known as Beta Galaxy 1/-1, and so on. The galaxies in between this X, forming a cross to the north, south, east and west, will be Non-Spawn galaxies with thousands upon thousands of unexplored Tiles!
Your Alpha planet has a special feature called a Respawn. This option allows you to have a fresh start in a new Solar System, for a small fee of Stardust. This can be advantageous if you find that in the area of your Alpha planet there are non more Tiles to explore; or if you are being overwhelmed by a more powerful enemy who constantly attacks you. Once you Respawn, however, you will not be able to regain that planet, as it will be transferred to the @null account; nor can you take with you your ships or the items (like Blueprints or Runes) that were activated on that planet. Bare in mind that you cannot Respawn if you have any active Missions on your Alpha planet.
Once you begin hunting planets in deep space, or on the Market, you will want to familiarize yourself with certain qualities that will help you to understand the value of these tradable digital collectibles. We begin with Rarity.
Rarity represents the rareness of a planet. There are four possible gradations: Common, Uncommon, Rare and Legendary. What determines their rareness is the probability, or droprate, of the newly found planet. As you have learned in the Missions section, the Explore Mission allows you to send out ships to search for planets. When the Explorer ships reach the unexplored coordinates, there is a 1% - 5.5% chance that you will find one of these coveted digital collectibles! If a planet is indeed discovered, another droprate is applied to determine its Rarity:
- Common = 60%
- Uncommon = 30%
- Rare = 9.999%
- Legendary = 0.001%
Based on its Rarity, your planet will gain a Boost in its mining production, depending on the Type, which will be explained below. The rarer your planet, the higher the Rarity Boost, as follows:
- Common = 0%
- Uncommon = 10%
- Rare = 20%
- Legendary = 100%
Beyond Rarity, you will discover that each planet has a Type, which determines the Rarity Boost that the planet will receive. There are five gradations currently available: Atmosphere, Coal, Ore, Copper and Uranium. The Atmosphere Type is a neutral planet, meaning that it presently provides no Boost. After a planet has been assigned it Rarity, a further droprate will be applied to give it a Type:
- Atmosphere = 35%
- Coal = 20%
- Ore = 18%
- Copper = 15%
- Uranium = 12%
Once you have discovered a new planet with a Rarity Boost, you will see in your Buildings page, the Boost applied to the respective Mine.
All non-Alpha planets can be Burned in exchange for some Stardust. The amount of Stardust the player can earn depends on the Rarity, as well as the Type, of the planet.
To Burn a planet, simply enter its Overview page and click on the Burn option. A window will open which will provide you with all of the details you need to view before making your final decision. When you are certian that you wish to Burn, simply hit the Burn Planet Now button, and you will instantly recieve your Stardust. Once a planet is Burned, it will be transferred to the @null account and become inactive. Much like the Respawn option, a planet cannot be Burned if you have any active Missions, or if that planet is being sold on the Market.
The planets you find while exploring the galaxy can be traded with other players, as well as sold in the Market. The rarer your planet is, the more valuable it will be. You should also consider the value of its location; for example, a Rare Ore planet may give you a nice boost in the Ore Mine, or could be Burned for 60,000 Stardust, but if you're looking for more Tiles to explore, and the planet is in a barren area that has already been fully explored, the value of that planet will be lower for some players. Contrastly, if a Common Atmosphere planet, arguably the cheapest, is in an area rich with unexplored Tiles, the value could very easily exceed 5,000 Stardust! So choose wisely the value of your planet before transferring or selling it.
To transfer a planet to another player, simply enter the Overview page of that planet and click the Gift button and you will be prompted with a window asking you to enter the player's account name. There will be a small fee to pay in Stardust. Important Warning: This transaction is irreversible. All ships and activated items on the planet will also be transferred to the new owner.
Once you have decided on the value of a particular planet that you would like to Sell, you will need to first use the Switch feature at the top of the page in order to select the desired planet you wish to place on the Market. Next you will need to enter the Overview page and click on the Sell option. From there, all that remains is for you to enter the amount of Stardust you would like to recieve and hit the Confirm button. Your digital collectible will be instantly listed on the Market, where it will remain until a buyer purchases it, or you remove it from the Market.
If you change your mind and would like to keep the planet, or change its price, you can cancel the order by entering the Market page, filtering through your orders and clicking the Cancel button under the planet you wish to remove from the Market. You will learn more about buying and selling your digital collectibles in the Market section. If you do not find your planet on the Market, it has been sold, and you no longer have ownership of it.
In your Planets page, you will find a list of all the planets presently existing in the NextColony universe. To the top-right of the page you will find filters that will allow you to enhance your search by selecting the Rarity and Type that you are interested in. To the top-left, you are given the option to view your own planets, by clicking the My Planets option. Here will will see all of the planets you presently own, and you can use the filters to tighten your search. Once you have found a planet you are inetrested in, simply click on the View option, and you will be taken to another page which will provide you with a wealth of inforamtion concerning that planet.© NextColony Guide