Art: Ocean planet landscape

Here is the Ocean planet landscape artwork:


Only the Minimal planet and two Artifact planets remain for all of the landscapes to be complete!

6 thoughts on “Art: Ocean planet landscape”

  1. I can’t help but think “Minimal” is extremely vague name, unless one knows what it stands for (minimally more habitable than Luna). How about “Wasteland” for a name of this category of worlds? It does convey being slightly better than “Dead”, but not as much as “Desert”
    Does Artifact planet refers to special worlds like Orion?


    1. “Minimal” is a planet descriptor from the original Master of Orion. Minimal planets were the least habitable planets that could be colonized without the need to research special colonization technologies. The Atmospheric Terraforming technology would convert “hostile” planets (like Radiated, Inferno, Tundra, etc) into Minimal planets.

      Artifact planets are the “goody huts” of Master of Orion. They are sprinkled throughout the galaxy and represent the remains of an ancient civilization. The first race to scout an Artifact planet is rewarded with a free, low-level technology. This really adds a nice bonus to the exploration phase of the game. In addition, colonies on artifact planets get a +50% boost to any Research they generate.

      Orion is also an Artifact planet, but a very special one. For starters, it is the homeworld of the ancient race known as the Orions, who have disappeared. However, it is protected by an advanced, unmanned guardian ship. Players must overcome the ship in battle to colonize Orion, but gain 3 advanced technologies when the ship is defeated. In addition, a colony on Orion provides a +100% boost to research and a diplomatic benefit when dealing with other races.


      1. +100% science bonus on Orion?
        ….That doesn’t sound right. Last time I played original MoO, Orion bonus was “x4”, or +300%. Or were you referring to new, nerfed value of bonuses in MoOjava?

        I find it curious that MoO Tundra was considered uninhabitable without proper technology, but Barren was not. Earth tundras are quite more hospitable, than, say, Luna. Stellaris separates Ice planets into “Arctic” and “Tundra” categories, former is like Ganymede, latter more like Hoth.


      2. Oh, you are correct. It is a 3x bonus. JavaMOO will be trying to adhere as closely to the MOO1 ruleset as possible, with the exception of closing obvious exploits.

        “Tundra” is just the word that the MOO1 creators chose. The bottom line is that it is uninhabitable without special technologies, so it’s more like a Hoth planet. Very cold, capable of supporting a colony, but not without some special technology. “Arctic” is certainly a better descriptor, invoking images of glaciers.

        Ganymede is truly frozen and airless. Anything so cold that the atmosphere has condensed out of it is probably better called a “Frozen” planet.

        By the way, there will be more planet types in the Sirius ruleset of Java MOO, and some of the existing types will be renamed to be more accurate.


  2. Artifact worlds in original MoO also provided a +100% research bonus (“x2”) – not just 50%. They also each had a base type however (just like Rich/UR/Poor/UP planets) – meaning you could have a Minimal Artifacts world, an Arid Artifacts world, etc. (Orion was always Terran.)


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