By Kayar From BRIGHT HUB
The best base layout designs in Battle Pirates include a single-entrance moat. Read on to find out why, and the key tips to keep in mind while setting up your own.
Your dock launches and repairs your ships. If it's down for repair, you can't launch ships, which can put you out of play for hours depending on its level.
The timers are paused on research, building upgrades, and ship construction while their buildings are damaged, which sets you back by the amount of repair time plus the length of time between the attack and when you begin repair.
Most important are your warehouses and outpost, which hold the vast majority of your resources. You can lose millions if an attacker destroys them.
Although you also have resources in the resource generators (oil rigs, wind turbines, zynthium refineries, metal foundries), these buildings are not actually that important. They don't contain much at all compared to the warehouses and outpost, and they repair quickly. Most of your resources in Battle Pirates will come from outside your base, and if you're a high-offense player you really only need one of each - for ship repair in a worst-case scenario.
The number of squares of land you get depends on the level of your outpost. If you go for the simplest possible base layout - a square - there will be enough space at the center for only your outpost to be untouchable (at a level 2 outpost), and one warehouse (level 3 outpost). Everything else must be defended with turrets.
Above level 20 or so, attackers start having high-level mortars, which can hit things up to five squares in and cause splash damage to surrounding buildings not protected by walls. Untouchable becomes six squares in.
There are three kinds of turrets:
Each turret displays a range circle when clicked on. If you select "move" on a turret, you can see the range circles of every turret in your base at once. But remember that the ships have ranged weapons, not melee - they don't have to be within the range circles to hit buildings that are in the range circles.
Turrets are much more effective when grouped together rather than spread around. Wrap them in walls so that they last longer and therefore shoot things longer. Divider walls between turrets will further protect them against splash damage on neighbor turrets.
A common, highly effective base layout design is a moat around a central island, with only one entrance into the moat, and with all turrets at the entrance. Important buildings go on the island, while expendable ones go on the outer ring. Buildings placed close to the turrets on the ring can still be destroyed, but not for free. You can switch out research buildings between center and ring depending on whether you're using them. Fill the moat entrance with oil rigs to slow down the attackers, who must destroy the rigs before they can go farther in, which eats up attack time (there's a 5 minute limit per attack).
A waterway must be at least two squares wide, so anything on the island will already be at least four squares in.
To get a bubble, try putting out a bunch of expendable buildings well away from turrets and allow people to destroy them. You can increase the percent damage by decreasing the number of buildings, such as resource generators. You can also drop your bubble early by attacking someone else's base.Battle Pirates Guide: Map Basics >>
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