Space Engineers

Space Engineers

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Desperate Foothold
Type: World
Mod category: Exploration
File Size
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Jul 16, 2019 @ 1:21pm
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Desperate Foothold

Desperate Foothold is a survival scenario where you are challenged to overcome a difficult situation while evading the constant threat of hostile forces and operating with limited mobility. Being a highly trained space engineer, however, your motto is taken from the space marines: "Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome."

Pirates have always been a hostile force in this universe, but their recent encroachment upon facilities and personnel from your home planet has forced leadership to take the fight to them. As a senior space engineer, your specific mission was to establish a foothold on their home planet with expanding infrastructure from which you could launch counterattacks on their facilities and ships. Unfortunately, your leadership grossly underestimated their strength and resolve, and your entire fleet was either destroyed or boarded and seized as plunder. You managed to make it to a survival pod, grabbing a rifle and significant quantity of ammo before being forced to eject or be captured. You chose to eject, not wanting to leave your fate in their savage hands.

You take with you the knowledge for building Nanite constructors and shield generators, as well as many other components such as refineries, assemblers, reactors, and the remaining necessary infrastructure for operating a self-sustaining base. Unfortunately, your jetpack took some damage during your evasion and escape, so its capabilities are severely affected; it is essentially inoperable on the planet, and of limited capability in space (zero-g).

Build a planetary base that is viable and sustainable in a very hostile environment. The base should have ore gathering and refining capabilities to allow for further expansion, defensive capabilities, and medical and living facilities. Be mindful that building a shield generator requires platinum, an ore that is not found on planets, so if you desire shields for your base and/or ships you'll need to build or acquire a ship capable of space flight to either bring back ore or carry enough resources into space to set up a remote refining facility for the purpose of refining ore so you only needing to carry back ingots of much lesser mass. (Mining and refining uranium would also eliminate the need to protect the large planetary wind and/or solar farms required to operate your base.)

SUGGESTED SUPPORT SHIPS (all projector buildable in survival mode)
Uranium Express mk2 for planet-to-space capability:
Deep Reach Miner mk2 for large-scale planetary mining capability:
Skipjack Tunnel Master for large-scale planetary tunneling capability:

You are encouraged to build shields for any ships that you use to increase their survivability.

Good luck intrepid Space Engineer!
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Spaceman Spiff  [author] Aug 5, 2019 @ 1:24pm 
For anyone who's interested, here's my base design: