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Red Planet Farming Cheats

Red Planet Farming

Submitted by: David K.

Beginnerís Tips and Tricks:
Written by zZz
A quick guide with some miscellaneous tips, tricks, and mechanics that arenít 
explained in Red Planet Farming.

-=Terminology and Legend=-
Plot: a hexagon that you can place Seeds, Upgrades, or Buildings on (after preparing 
it if it isnít already prepared). Outposts also expand to prepared plots, whether theyíre 
occupied or not, as their population grows.

Seed: a crop that you can plant to feed the Outpost.

Upgrade: a defensive mechanism to help the Seeds cope with the hazards of the Red Planet.

Building: a structure that can provide resources to the Outpost or adjacent Plots.

Power: a unit of measure for the number of Upgrades or Buildings that you can sustain. 
Special buildings belonging to the Outpost (mansions, hospitals, parks, etc.) do not 
consume any of your Power.

Earnings: how many coins a crop produces for you in one Year.

Sustenance: how many units of population a crop can feed in one Year.

Year: a Year is equal to one turn in the game.

Scenario names are italicised. There are four scenarios: Gale Crater, Valles Marineris, 
Utopia Planitia, and Medusae Fossae.

Hazards and Upgrades are bolded.

Unconfirmed claims of mine are bolded.

-=Outpost Miscellany=-
The cost of preparing new Plots slowly increases with each one that is prepared, eventually 
costing 20 Ė 25 to prepare some of the later Plots in a scenario (depending on how many Plots 
there are total in the scenario).

Outposts generally expand to adjacent Plots with preference going towards those which are 
unoccupied before taking over a Plot that has a Seed, Upgrade, or Building on it. Sometimes 
you will see them occupy a Plot in the middle of nowhere though. As far as Iíve seen, this 
is unique to mansions.

Demolishing a Seed, Upgrade, or Building only gives you 50% of the original cost 
(rounded down).

You canít demolish a Building that is providing Power if your remaining Power is less than 
what the Building can produce.

Coins max out at 999.

Perennial Seeds give the most benefit when they are acquired and planted as early as 
possible in a scenario. This increases the number of Years that they have to give you a 
return on their Earnings and Sustenance after theyíve paid for themselves.
Beware when planting a massive amount of Perennial Seeds because they effectively tie up 
that Plot indefinitely (unless you demolish the Seed) and generally arenít the most 
lucrative or nourishing Seeds.
Sometimes itís worth it to demolish Seeds and Upgrades to replace them with different Seeds 
but I donít recommend doing this every Year because it isnít sustainable unless you have a 
huge influx of Earnings or a healthy bank of coins.

Installing an Upgrade beside another of the same kind grants a discount of 25%. This 
discount does not apply if there are four adjacent Upgrades of the same kind to the one 
you are installing. This means that you require five adjacent Upgrades of the same kind 
to be able to install an Upgrade for free.

For example:
* If you have an Irrigation and build another adjacent to it, the cost of the second one 
  is reduced to 3 coins.
* If you have two and build another adjacent to both, the cost of the third one is reduced
  to 2 coins.
* If you have three and build another adjacent to all three, the cost of the fourth is 
  reduced to 1 coin.
* However, if you have four and build another adjacent to all four then the cost will 
  remain at 1 coin.
* But, if you have five (or six) and build another adjacent all five (or six) then the 
  cost will be 0 coins.
* The one exception to this is the Radiation Shield whose coins donít divide nicely 
  into quarters. Its coin progression is as follows: 6, 4, 3, 1, 1, 0.
* Donít build Upgrades for your Seeds if they donít need the protection that Year. The 
  coins can be better spent unlocking new Plots, planting more Seeds to gain a bigger 
  profit. If the hazard doesnít pop up or you have to demolish the Seed the next Year 
  then the Upgrade wonít have gotten any use and will have been a waste of coins.
* Donít be afraid to demolish unused Upgrades to free up Power. Power is an expensive 
  resource and is just as important as Earnings and Sustenance (especially when expanding).

All hazards damage Seeds except for Marsquakes (Valles Marineris) and Meteor Showers 
(Utopia Planitia and Medusae Fossae) which only damage Upgrades. Marsquakes and Meteor 
Showers damage Upgrades. Unconfirmed: if a Seed requires Irrigation but doesnít have the
Upgrade then Solar Flares might damage them more than they normally would be without 
Irrigation by itself.

If there is only one short or medium-duration instance of a hazard that Year, donít be 
afraid to plant Seeds without their protective Upgrades. They will still grow and you will 
be able to harvest them for a portion of the Earnings and Sustenance. Unconfirmed: they 
might give full Earnings but only a portion of the Sustenance. If there are multiple 
instances of a hazard, or one long-duration hazard, then your Seeds will likely wilt and 
die which produces nothing.

In the first few Years, try to prioritize Seeds which have high Earnings but lower 
Sustenance. This will slow the growth of your Outpost but allow you to build up a huge 
reserve of coins which you can use to snowball into a massive coin reserve and set 
yourself up for the remainder of the scenario. I put this strategy to great use on Medusae 
Fossae and had a yearly income of 300-400 after the first few turns, eventually maxing out 
on coins.

You can even choose to miss your Sustenance requirements by a very small amount in 
exchange for even more Earnings (but I recommend no more than five units of Sustenance 
otherwise you might be at risk of getting fired). This will cause you to lose anywhere 
from 3-5 population but will give you an even more secure economy to start with.

Fun fact: you canít be fired from your job in Gale Crater, no matter how many Years 
pass without you feeding anyone. Your population will be stuck at two forever which 
begs the question Ė what do you eat if you arenít even feeding yourselves?

Always try to produce Seeds that are in demand unless the cost of their Upgrades will 
outweigh the extra coins they will make. Sometimes itís better to ignore whateverís in 
demand, especially if itís a Seed with low Earnings to begin with.

Valles Marineris: try to place your Bulidings on Plots which are at risk of Landslides 
so you donít have to worry about the hazard on that plot.

Valles Marineris: since Marsquakes only affect Upgrades, you can safely ignore this 
hazard if itís affecting a Plot with no Upgrades. Alternatively, you can choose to 
demolish the Upgrades beforehand in order to gain some coins from them since theyíll be 
destroyed anyways (assuming you donít need them to protect any Seeds that are there
that Year).

A number of these tips and tricks are things that I was curious about when playing 
the game and had to figure out for myself because the tutorial didnít mention anything 
about them and the resources for this game are sparse. Having something like this 
wouldíve been nice for me to read before playing the game so I hope this guide helps 
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