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Gas Giant Settlement Platform

Gas Giant Settlement Platform

The Gas Giant Settlement Platform allows settlement of a gas giant when this would otherwise not be possible. In order to upgrade platforms you'll need a good supply of structural minerals such as rutile, chromite, bauxite, magnetite, beryl, or goethite.

The Gas Giant Settlement Platform is a permanent structure, which means that it remains even after you abandon the gas giant colony, unless you specifically demolish it.

The gas giant settlement platform does not allow you to settle gas giants outside your normal range, for that you need a terraforming platform as well.

Note: You have to have University at Level 19 or above to be able to settle a Gas Giant, regardless of wether you have a platform or ship.  The game will not even allow you to launch a Colony Ship to a Gas Giant until you have reached the required University level.  However it is possible for a player with a lower University level to take control of a Gas Giant from another player via the Insurrection spy mission.  All existing Gas Giant Settlement Platforms in such a situation will continue to work however new platforms will not be able to be built until the player obtains the appropriate University Level.

Each level of platform provides one usable plot on the target planet.

A Gas Giant Platform can not be demolished or downgraded if, by doing so, it would cause the number of plots available on your colony to go negative.

You may send as many platforms as you like to a target planet.

Other players (or your other colonies) can send platforms to your planets to assist your growth.

Like glyph buildings, while platforms take up a location on the surface, they do not take up a usable plot. Unlike glyph buildings, platforms may be upgraded with resources once deployed.  They start the level of the lab that built the platform ship plus one.

Warnings about Initial Build

The initial build time for a Gas Giant Settlement Platform may take days.

The build time that is shown on the plan is the actual build time based on the level of the lab on the planet that launched the platform ship plus one. 

You cannot demolish a Gas Giant Settlement Platform during its initial build.

The plot count for a gas giant always starts at -1 because there must be a Planetary Command Center and the Gas Giant Settlement Platform, which is required to provide plots, hasn't been built yet. While demolishing the GGSP doesn't cause the plot count to go negative (since the GGSP itself doesn't take up a plot) it prevents the plot count from getting out of the negative.

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How to Use a Settlement Platform

You can send a colony ship or platform first. The colony ship (or stake) reserves the planet, where the platform does not. Once you have the Gas Giant Settlement Ship built you can go to the star map and send it to a Gas Giant you would like to colonize.  One it arrives it will disapear from your SpacePort.  After you send a Colony Ship and the Gas Giant Settlement Platform, the platform will appear in Planetary Command Center (PCC) under Plans

A high level Gas Giant Lab can leave you waiting a day or more if the level is high enough.  In addition the Gas Giant Settlement Platform does produce a fair amount of trash at higher levels so you will need to plan accordingly.  Building a set of glyph buildings is generally a smart idea as it will give you something you can work with that will not be detrimental to you colony.  Building a Spaceport and having a scow on the planet can also work for some short term trash management. 

Also add some buildings to generate happinessKalavian Ruins will give you about 5000 per hour happiness to begin with to counteract the trash. 

Requirements

Glyph Recipie

As an alternative to building a Gas Giant Settlement Ship at the shipyard, you can create a level one platform by combining sulfur, methane, galena, and anthracite glyphs at the Archaeology Ministry.

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Keywords: Construction Buildings Glyph Recipies

3Garloo: "The gas giant platform (as well as the terraforming platform) are the only buildings that can go higher than level 30 (1+30)."
1The Vasari: ":("
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