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IUs?

Postby GunBunny on Sun 07 Oct 2018 19:31

I have three questions about IUs.

1st: if your not using the 10 month optional growth rule you should be able to sell IUs every month correct?

2nd: L3.03.01 is a little confusing, is it stating that IU sales can ONLY be used for construction, repairs, de-mothballing, or retrofits. OR is it stating that using the 10 month optional growth they can be sold any month as long as they are used for the above mentioned reasons? Can IUs be sold and the Mcr be used for any reason?

3rd: Since GPV is calculated by adding IU to the total of a planet value why would anyone want to spend 30 Mcr to buy them when that can be used for colonization? Unless you are planning on turtleing or there are no significant colonization target available I do not see the point. Maybe for a boost in wartime?

Forgive me if the questions have been answered somewhere else.
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Re: IUs?

Postby Xveers on Sun 07 Oct 2018 21:46

In response to your 3rd question:
Colonization is indeed almost always the better choice since you get both a better compounding return and better per month return on most any planet (pretty much any T/ST/mT world). But the fact that they offer a better return than simply sitting in your bank account month to month is already a solid reason for getting them.

One other reason you've missed that that having more IU on a planet means that it also has more intrinsic SY capacity. While this might not be militarily valuable for actual ship construction (due to various penalties), it's VERY useful when you need extra ancillary production: You can use on-planet SY to manufacture components for refits, build more drones/AP as needed, and produce more small craft to rebuild damaged flight groups. Likewise they're also useful for building up supply depots in critical nodal systems while saving you multi-month shipping times. This is all doubly useful at low ELs when you might not have the ability to move full sized SYs on ship hulls.
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Re: IUs?

Postby dazrand on Mon 08 Oct 2018 05:26

1st: if your not using the 10 month optional growth rule you should be able to sell IUs every month correct?


1st : Correct in general play since growth occurs every turn, IUs can be sold on any of those turns and used without limit.

2nd: L3.03.01 is a little confusing, is it stating that IU sales can ONLY be used for construction, repairs, de-mothballing, or retrofits. OR is it stating that using the 10 month optional growth they can be sold any month as long as they are used for the above mentioned reasons? Can IUs be sold and the Mcr be used for any reason?


2nd : Yes the L3.03.01 wording is muddled. What it means to say is: Selling IU on a growth month allows you to use the funds without restriction. Selling IU on a non-growth month can occur during an Active War, but the MCr gained may only be used for construction, repairs, refits, or de-mothballing.
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