Balius 5: Cutthroat

No one is safe!


We’re bringing Balius back but with a new spin on its hardcore nature; not only are we going to run it at 15 minute ticks, we’re also going to enforce a size cap to make it more difficult for anybody to maintain the lead.

We’re also going to disallow killing players off. You might ask, how is that hardcore? You can never truly remove a threat, that’s how.

Make no mistake: this is a challenge to our best players to see if they have what it takes to stay on top without leaning on the same old strategies.

The Size Cap is TBD and Variable

The starting cap will be determined by the number of players who join and announced at round start, but the cap itself is subject to shrink and/or grow mid-round.

If the cap shrinks, those who end up over it will lose planets at random, finding them re-explorable.

This will not be a round where you can expect to infra jump, sit on defense, and coast to the finish line. Expect the unexpected.

Expanding Families

There will be unlimited drafts, but with a catch: you will only ever be able to draft 1 friend at a time until the galaxy is full. Once that happens, we will open up a spot for every family and everybody can draft another.

We will keep adding spots as long as there are players who want to play.



Click the image above for the interactive map.

If you’ve hit the galaxy limit

Patron Fighters and above are exempt from the 2-galaxy rule and may play in as many galaxies as they’d like.

Time Settings

  • Tick Speed: 15 Minutes
  • Length: 2 weeks
  • Starting: Sun, Aug 12, 2018 @ 17:00:00 GMT
  • Ending: Sun, Aug 26, 2018 @ 17:00:00 GMT
  • Market Delay: None
  • Offensive Operations Delay: 1 day (96 ticks)

Size Settings

  • Galaxy Size: 100x100
  • Families: 10
  • Family size: 2 (to start, will add spots as needed)
  • Planets per system: 1-7
  • Systems: 496 (~49 per family)
  • Planets: 2027 (~202 per family)
  • Drafts: unlimited

Other Settings

  • Morale formula: Enabled
  • Unofficial Alliances: Allowed
  • Players can not choose to stay in fam after round.
  • Starting Resources: 10x
  • Max Defense Stations: 0
  • Cores: 0
  • Starting Fleet: Standard

Public Registration is Open

Existing players can join here.

If you don’t yet have an account, you can join here.

Hardcore and morale enabled :rofl:

Even “traditional” HC players rely on the same ol tricks. :wink: Can they perform when their funding empires are forced to give up their precious infra leads? :thinking:

Only one way to find out!

Only 4 peeps in, but we’re gonna run with it as scheduled. ~11 hours left till start.

Gonna be an interesting match up!

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Anyone lost their hp yet :rofl: ?