One difficult task in Astro Empires is capturing the details of a base and reporting those details in an easy to read format. To remedy this, a 10-character code was developed called the Universal Astro Profile (UAP). The idea for the profile derives from the role-playing game, Traveller, which solved the problem of universal description of characters, vehicles and places using a series of universal profiles.
The Code Explained
The basic format of the code is [@ 0APPB-0BBB0 @]. In this notation, ‘0’ is decimal, ‘A’ is a letter, ‘P’ is a specific code, and ‘B’ is Base 34.
|Slot||Which orbit the base is in.|
|A||Type||The astro type. See table below for mapping between astro type and code.|
|P||Production||The largest unit type it can produce, in two-letter code. See table below for mapping.|
|B||Occupation Value||Hourly revenue from occupation in tens of credits (dekacredits).|
|0||P-Rings||Number of P-Rings on the base.|
|B||Shields||D-Shields [0-9] or P-Shields [A-J].|
|B||Turrets||Photon [0-9] or Disrupter [A-J] Turrets.|
|B||Command Centers||Number of Command Centers.|
|0||Jump Gates||Number of jump gates.|
Explanation of Base34 and codes is offered below. However, a translation of the code may help explain it until I figure out how to explain it myself. The following is an astro entry: [+[@5KHC4-1ABA3@]+] Based on this entry, we know the following:
- (5) The slot is 20.
- (K) The type is Rocky.
- (HC) The base can produce Heavy Cruisers.
- (4) The base generates 40 credits per hour during occupation.
- (1) The base has one P-Ring.
- (A) The base has one P-Shield. If it was a Deflection Shield, it woudl be 1 instead of A.
- (B) The base has two D-Turrets. If it was Photon turrets, it would be 2 instead of B.
- (A) The base has ten Command Centers
- (3) The base has Jump-Gate 3.
From reviewing the attributes of the UAP, you may notice this helps quickly note value of the base and its inherent defenses.
Astro Type Codes
|C Craters||R Radioactive|
|D Arid||T Tundra|
|E Earthly||W Magma|
|G Gaia||V Volcanic|
|K Rocky||X Toxic|
|L Glacial||Y Crystaloid|
What is Base34?
Base 34 is an extension of Base16 which lets us use a single digit as much as possible. Here is a mapping between Base34 and decimal.
The Census uses color coding for key defense values. The color code is based on the best-practices in base defenses learned from the older galaxies. Specifically, UAP color coding assumes the following defenses as ideal—and are colored green in the UAP:
- Planetary Rings (2)
- Planetary Shields (2)
- Disrupter Turrets (3)
- Command Centers (15)
A minimal acceptable value is also present, and colored blue. Any other value is colored red.
- Planetary Rings (1)
- Planetary Shields (1)
- Disrupter Turrets (2)
- Command Centers (10)