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Prize

The winner (contestant who solves the puzzle) gets 1 free copy of game “Galactic Era“ and a cash prize. The cash prize was initially 100€ and is increased by at least 50€ every monthly period in which the puzzle is not solved.

The current cash prize is 150€.

Procedure

Contestants must send their solution to the puzzle in an email to me (info@galacticera.net) with their name and complete address. The email must arrive before the published end date and time for the current monthly period (otherwise it counts for the next month). Each contestant only gets one solution attempt per monthly period.

If multiple contestants solve the puzzle in the same monthly period, then they split the cash prize evenly and one contestant is raffled to get the game.

Contestants must have a Paypal account, a bank account with an IBAN number or a Bitcoin address to receive the prize money.

Contestants must agree to having their name and country of residence published as one of the winners, if they win. The winners will be announced at the end of a monthly period in which a contestant solved the puzzle. The solution to the puzzle will also be announced then.

Go here for the detailed terms and conditions.

Siehe hier für die Teilnahmebedingungen auf Deutsch.

The current monthly period is until: 13:00 on August 31st, 2022.

(all times CEST)

Puzzle

To solve this puzzle you first of all need to know the rules of the game of “Galactic Era”.

The puzzle is a certain situation in this game with a certain goal, similar to a Chess puzzle. A certain set of game moves is sought that will result in reaching the goal no matter what the opponents do:

The Green player must take two stars of the Red player in this round of the game. This must succeed regardless of any contingencies (e.g. hidden fleets) and what Red can do. It is assumed that Red will always try the best possible counter-moves to prevent this. This also includes the assumption that Red has the best fleet type available to counter Green’s move.

Additionally, Green must do this while losing as few DP as possible (see DP losses in parentheses).

You must decide what the Green player needs to do. The format is multiple choice with four questions.

Note: The Green player wants to do this to fulfill the primary condition of the “Acquisition“ domination card. So doing this is worth a lot of points and would probably win the game.

Game Situation

Number of players: 3

Current round: 6

Galactic goal: Cooperation

Galactic story: Migrations

All players are at peace with each other.

 

This is the relevant part of the game board:

Blue player: Anchara Coalition (STO)

Tech levels: MIL 3, SPI 5, PROP 3, ROB 2, GEN 1

Stars: Biaveh (3 population)

No ships on game board.

Turn order position: 1

 

Green player: Plejars (STO)

Tech levels: MIL 2, SPI 3, PROP 1, ROB 3, GEN 4

Ships: 9 ships at Zenetae, 1 ship at Sidar, 2 ships in nebula hex (2 hexes south of Sidar), B fleet with 1 ship next to Sidar, no other ships on game board.

Stars: Zenetae (5 population), Sidar (1 population)

Advanced fleet tactics: “B“ x2

Domination cards in hand: “Acquisition“

Turn order position: 2

 

Red player: Orion Empire (STS)

Tech levels: MIL 5, SPI 4, PROP 3, ROB 4, GEN 1

Ships: 1 fleet (type unknown, but not D) 2 hexes north of P’taah with 1 ship, 1 ship at Betelgeuse, no other ships on game board.

Note: The Green player remembers from a previous round that the Red fleet has only 1 ship, but does not know the type.

Stars: Ectom (3 population), Denaia (3 population), New Erra (2 population), Initibi Ra II (1 population), P’taah (4 population), Betelgeuse (1 population), Rigel (home star), no other population on game board

Advanced fleet tactics: “A“ x2, “C“ x2

Domination cards in hand: none (both played already)

Emergency reserve tile still available.

Turn order position: 3

 

Questions

Here are the possible options for the Green player. There is only one correct answer to each of the following four questions. Please answer each of these questions by selecting one number from the list for that question.

 

It is the Green player’s turn of the move/combat phase.

(A) Does the Green player declare war on the Red player?

  1. Yes (-3 DP)
  2. No

 

(B) Creating fleets step: What fleets does the Green player create now?

  1. at Zenetae: 5 ships into E fleet, 3 ships into C fleet, 1 ship into D fleet
  2. at Zenetae: 3 ships into E fleet, 5 ships into C fleet, 1 ship into D fleet
  3. dissolve B fleet, then at Zenetae: 8 ships into B fleet, 1 ship into D fleet
  4. at Zenetae: 5 ships into A fleet, 4 ships into D fleet
  5. dissolve B fleet, then at Zenetae: 7 ships into B fleet, 2 ships into D fleet
  6. at Zenetae: 3 ships into E fleet, 4 ships into C fleet, 2 ships into D fleet
  7. at Zenetae: 7 ships into E fleet, 1 ship into A fleet, 1 ship into D fleet
  8. at Zenetae: 4 ships into E fleet, 4 ships into C fleet, 1 ship into D fleet
  9. at Zenetae: 9 ships into D fleet
  10. dissolve B fleet, then at Zenetae: 4 ships into E fleet, 4 ships into B fleet, 1 ship into D fleet
  11. at Zenetae: 4 ships into E fleet, 3 ships into C fleet, 2 ships into D fleet
  12. at Zenetae: 7 ships into E fleet, 1 ship into C fleet, 1 ship into D fleet
  13. at Zenetae: 6 ships into E fleet, 1 ship into C fleet, 2 ships into D fleet
  14. at Zenetae: 8 ships into C fleet, 1 ship into D fleet
  15. dissolve B fleet, then at Zenetae: 4 ships into C fleet, 4 ships into B fleet, 1 ship into D fleet
  16. at Zenetae: 6 ships into E fleet, 2 ships into C fleet, 1 ship into D fleet
  17. at Zenetae: 6 ships into E fleet, 3 ships into D fleet
  18. at Zenetae: 7 ships into E fleet, 2 ships into C fleet, at Sidar: 1 ship into D fleet
  19. at Zenetae: 8 ships into A fleet, 1 ship into D fleet
  20. at Zenetae: 7 ships into E fleet, 2 ships into A fleet, at Sidar: 1 ship into D fleet
  21. at Zenetae: 3 ships into E fleet, 4 ships into C fleet, 2 ships into D fleet
  22. at Zenetae: 5 ships into C fleet, 4 ships into D fleet
  23. at Zenetae: 4 ships into E fleet, 4 ships into A fleet, 1 ship into D fleet
  24. at Zenetae: 8 ships into E fleet, 1 ship into D fleet
  25. at Zenetae: 4 ships into A fleet, 5 ships into D fleet
  26. at Zenetae: 6 ships into E fleet, 3 ships into C fleet, at Sidar: 1 ship into D fleet

 

(C): Moving ships step: How does the Green player move now?

  1. E fleet to Denaia, A fleet to Denaia, D fleet to 1 hex south of Inxtria, B fleet moves to New Erra, 1 ship at Sidar moves to D fleet and transfers into it, D fleet then moves to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra
  2. C fleet to Denaia, B fleet to Denaia, D fleet to 1 hex south of Inxtria, 1 ship at Sidar moves to D fleet and transfers into it, D fleet then moves to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra
  3. E fleet to Denaia, D fleet to 1 hex south of Inxtria, 1 ship at Sidar moves to D fleet and transfers into it, D fleet then moves to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra
  4. E fleet to Denaia, B fleet to Denaia, D fleet to 1 hex south of Inxtria, B fleet moves to D fleet and transfers into it, 1 ship at Sidar moves to D fleet and transfers into it, D fleet then moves to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to Intibi Ra II
  5. E fleet to Denaia, D fleet to Ectom, B fleet to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra and transfer into B fleet
  6. C fleet to Denaia, D fleet to Ectom, B fleet to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra and transfer into B fleet
  7. E fleet to Denaia, A fleet to Denaia, D fleet to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra
  8. E fleet to Denaia, C fleet to Denaia, D fleet to New Erra, B fleet moves to New Erra and ships from D fleet transfer in B fleet, 2 ships in nebula move to Intibi Ra II
  9. E fleet to Denaia, A fleet to Denaia, D fleet to New Erra, B fleet to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to Intibi Ra II
  10. C fleet to Denaia, D fleet to 1 hex south of Inxtria, 1 ship at Sidar moves to D fleet and transfers into it, D fleet then moves to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra
  11. E fleet to Denaia, B fleet to Denaia, D fleet to 1 hex south of Inxtria, 1 ship at Sidar moves to D fleet and transfers into it, D fleet then moves to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra
  12. C fleet to Denaia, E fleet to Denaia, D fleet to Ectom, B fleet to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra and transfer into B fleet
  13. C fleet to Denaia, D fleet moves to 1 hex north of New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to D fleet and transfer into it, all other ships then transfer out of it, D fleet moves to Rigel.
  14. A fleet to Denaia, D fleet moves to 1 hex north of New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to D fleet and transfer into it, all other ships then transfer out of it, D fleet moves to Rigel.
  15. E fleet to Denaia, C fleet to Denaia, D fleet to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra
  16. A fleet to Denaia, D fleet to 1 hex south of Inxtria, 1 ship at Sidar moves to D fleet and transfers into it, D fleet then moves to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra
  17. E fleet to Denaia, D fleet to 1 hex south of Inxtria, 1 ship at Sidar moves to D fleet and transfers into it, D fleet then moves to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to Intibi Ra II
  18. E fleet to Denaia, C fleet to Denaia, D fleet to 1 hex south of Inxtria, B fleet moves to New Erra, 1 ship at Sidar moves to D fleet and transfers into it, D fleet then moves to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra
  19. E fleet to Denaia, A fleet to Denaia, D fleet to Ectom, B fleet to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra and transfer into B fleet
  20. A fleet to Denaia, E fleet to Denaia, D fleet to Ectom, B fleet to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra and transfer into B fleet
  21. E fleet to Denaia, C fleet to Denaia, D fleet to 1 hex south of Inxtria, B fleet moves to D fleet and transfers into it, 1 ship at Sidar moves to D fleet and transfers into it, D fleet then moves to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to Intibi Ra II
  22. E fleet to Denaia, A fleet to Denaia, D fleet to 1 hex south of Inxtria, B fleet moves to D fleet and transfers into it, 1 ship at Sidar moves to D fleet and transfers into it, D fleet then moves to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to Intibi Ra II
  23. A fleet to Denaia, D fleet to Ectom, B fleet to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra and transfer into B fleet
  24. E fleet to Denaia, C fleet to Denaia, D fleet moves to 1 hex north of New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to D fleet and transfer into it, all other ships then transfer out of it, D fleet moves to Rigel.
  25. E fleet to Denaia, C fleet to Denaia, D fleet to Ectom, B fleet to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra and transfer into B fleet
  26. D fleet to Ectom, B fleet to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra and transfer into B fleet
  27. E fleet to Denaia, D fleet to Ectom, B fleet to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra and transfer into B fleet
  28. E fleet to Denaia, A fleet to Denaia, D fleet moves to 1 hex north of New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to D fleet and transfer into it, all other ships then transfer out of it, D fleet moves to Rigel.
  29. C fleet to Denaia, D fleet to Ectom, B fleet to New Erra, 2 ships in nebula move to New Erra and transfer into B fleet
  30. E fleet to Denaia, C fleet to Denaia, D fleet to New Erra, B fleet to New Erra, 1 ship in nebula moves to New Erra, 1 ship in nebula moves to Intibi Ra II
  31. E fleet to Denaia, A fleet to Denaia, D fleet to New Erra, B fleet to New Erra, 1 ship in nebula moves to New Erra, 1 ship in nebula moves to Intibi Ra II

 

It is the selection step of the Growth phase.

(D) What counters does the Green player select?

  1. Gain Star, Gain Star, Switch Alignment (-3 DP for third growth action), Turn Order Change down (red arrow)
  2. Gain Star, Gain Star, Build Ships (-3 DP for third growth action), Turn Order Change up (green arrow)
  3. Gain Star, Switch Alignment, Turn Order Change down (red arrow)
  4. Gain Star, Gain Star, Grow Population (-3 DP for third growth action), Turn Order Change up (green arrow)
  5. Gain Star, Grow Population, Turn Order Change down (red arrow)
  6. Gain Star, Switch Alignment, Turn Order Change up (green arrow)
  7. Gain Star, Gain Star, Research Spirituality (-3 DP for third growth action)
  8. Gain Star, Gain Star, Turn Order Change down (red arrow)
  9. Gain Star, Gain Star, Switch Alignment (-3 DP for third growth action), Turn Order Change up (green arrow)
  10. Gain Star, Gain Star, Research Military (-3 DP for third growth action)
  11. Gain Star, Build Ships, Turn Order Change down (red arrow)
  12. Gain Star, Gain Star, Turn Order Change up (green arrow)
  13. Gain Star, Gain Star, Research Robotics (-3 DP for third growth action)
  14. Gain Star, Gain Star, Build Ships (-3 DP for third growth action), Turn Order Change down (red arrow)
  15. Gain Star, Grow Population, Turn Order Change up (green arrow)
  16. Gain Star, Gain Star, Research Genetics (-3 DP for third growth action)
  17. Gain Star, Build Ships, Turn Order Change up (green arrow)
  18. Gain Star, Gain Star, Research Propulsion (-3 DP for third growth action)
  19. Gain Star, Gain Star, Grow Population (-3 DP for third growth action), Turn Order Change down (red arrow)
  20. Gain Star, Gain Star, Switch Alignment (-3 DP for third growth action), Spirituality tech. Counter

Note: It is known, that the Blue player can only select two growth action counters.

Solution Format

Your solution to the puzzle should have the format: letter (of the question) together with a number, four times (once for each of the four questions).

Example: A1, B22, C30, D4

Please send your solution to the puzzle to this email address: info@galacticera.net together with your full name and address.

Privacy Policy

Your name, address and email will not be used for any other purpose than the execution of this contest. None of your details will be published if you are not a winner of the contest. If you are a winner of the contest only your full name and country of residence will be published.

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