|Starting tech||Centauri Ecology, Applied Physics, Biogenetics|
An almost impossibly easy game, no matter what level of play you select. You get all the advantages of Miriam's attackers, with none of her disadvantages, a morale boost besides that, a free recycling tanks at each base (which, as per the Caretakers, dramatically speeds up your game), and multiple techs at game start. You would have to try hard NOT to win the game with these guys! With normal research rates, your tech will be as good, if not better than everybody around you (especially since you are guaranteed of one extra energy per base – Tanks – and three techs at game start), and with your attack bonuses you are, simply put, a terror.
Sure, you can do this well, but why? Of course, if you're just looking to play the Builder's game with the ultimate "big stick", then this faction will do the job for you. No one will WANT to attack you, figuring that if you're content to Build, in most cases, they'll be content to let you (at least you're not attacking them!).
Note: In order to play an effective Builder game with the Usurpers, you must pay attention to your faction's aversion. Democracy is one of the hallmarks of the Builder crowd, and it is a choice you are denied. But, like Yang, the early use of specialist bases (Librarians) can easily put you in a position easily on par with the more Democratic-minded Builders.
A cakewalk. Again, in times of peace, nobody will even breathe hard in your direction for fear of provoking you, and you can focus on infrastructure, and, if the time comes to attack, well, your faction was born and bred for it!
You could do this with your eyes closed! Just follow the human-faction momentum paradigms with a vengeance and you will beat them at their own game every time. Probe teams and foils first, then sweep in for the kill, and you have a leg up again, thanks to the free Rec. Tanks at the outset!
|Classic Factions||•Gaia’s Stepdaughters •Human Hive •University of Planet •Morgan Industries •Spartan Federation •The Lord’s Believers •Peacekeeping Forces|
|Alien Crossfire Factions||•The Cybernetic Consciousness •The Data Angels •The Free Drones •The Cult of Planet •Nautilus Pirates|
|Progenitor Factions||•Manifold Caretakers •Manifold Usurpers|