"Probably the biggest source of income you'll ever have"
"The same as the Federation HUD"
What are they talking about? The thing that was probably a question mark in most peoples' minds from the first time they read their new TE3000 hud: colonies!
You will be offered a colony if your rank is high enough and you have enough personal ships. The exact amount of personal ships required varies with rank. 25 ships is enough for a Trader or Trade Baron, perhaps, but more is needed for a Broker. I'm told that 80 personal ships will qualify at any point.
The basic concept of a colony is that you invest in it (lots and lots of credits!) It produces income, but also has disasters that you have to pay to stop or research, etc...
Anyone familiar with the old Fed Hud from the traditional Tiny Empires knows the routine. I'll not go into it further, mostly because I'm still trying to get hard numbers on it myself! However, for reference, I'm starting this post as Part 1... a list of your options. This list will be edited as I get more information- feel free to post the offers you have seen in the comments below, or IM or Notecard to me in world!
|2||Advanced Orbital Laboratory|
Large Mining asteroid
Small Icy Moon
|6||Large Volcanic Moon|
Advanced Orbital Base
Binary Iron Asteroid
|8||Advanced Colony Spaceship|
Iron Asteroid Field
Volcanic Dwarf Planet
|10||Small Volcanic Planet|
Advanced Colony Starship
Diamond-core gas giant
|14||Terraformed Binary Planet|
Interstellar Asteroid Belt
|15||Terraformed Star System|
Ore-Rich Star System