If you're new to the genre of RTS, it can be a little overwhelming. RTS (Real Time Strategy) games are fast-paced and don't really wait for you to catch up, since your opposing elements are constantly building, exploring, and conquering. Due to the "real time" nature of these types of games, your opponents are pretty unforgiving if you take too long to make decisions or issue commands.
Ashes of the Singularity finds you in the middle of a galaxy-wide war between the Post Human Coalition (PHC) and the Substrate, a group of rogue AI lead by one called Haalee. Currently, during our Early Access period, the PHC is your only playable faction. We promise that more are on the way!
There are a few basic concepts behind RTS games that might be helpful for a new player to know. I grew up playing a lot of Warcraft and Starcraft, and despite my reflexes not being much to write home about (and let's not even talk about my win-loss record), I really love the RTS genre for its challenging, interesting, and fast-paced gameplay.
Here are a few common terms and concepts that
might be helpful for you to know
Macromanagement refers to the overall economic aspect of the game. Things such as collecting
resources (Metal and Radioactives, in the case of Ashes), building structures, and training units.
This is not a term unique to RTS games, but it’s worth noting how important it is.
Buildings that produce units will have a ‘build queue’ that allows you to create a lineup
of units that you’d like to train without having to go back and manage after every unit is
produced. This saves valuable time and allows you to focus on other important elements.
Micromanagement refers to detailed game elements that must be addressed by the player.
These are often minor inputs, such as unit movement (advancing, retreating,'kiting' an enemy),
target selection in combat (focusing on a specific enemy), and positioning (flanking, trapping).
Your buildings that produce units will have the ability to set a "rally point"
(In Ashes, it will show up as the option "add destination"). This allows you to have the
units automatically move to a location you’ve selected as soon as they are built. This
can be really helpful while you are off managing other things.
All of these things, coupled with the use of hotkeys can improve your efficiency in RTS games and help you manage all of the various elements. In Ashes of the Singularity, you are commanding vast wars, not just skirmishes, so the use of these techniques will give you a helpful edge against your enemy. Good luck!