Shadow Empire – How to Build First Asset

A guide on how to get your first asset, brought to you by your economic council.

Guide to Build First Asset


Congratulations, you just saved enough IP and metal to build your first mine/farm/whatever.

You click to build it but then it takes ages to do so? Maybe you do not have the machine parts to build it.

In your resource info of the 1st SHQ to the left of the main screen, you see the amount of resources you have or have not. See the little drill symbol? That are machines you own or not.

To build or upgrade higher tech assets, you need machines. If you start without rain or surface water on a planet, you want to build your first ice mine asap, as your crops need water. Luckily, the game always provides you with one water source, normally a prospected but not built water source.

How to Get Machines

  • As you spread your empire, you will conquer free people’s villlages. With a little luck you find some machines.
  • If not, go to Trade on the right, and buy two and only two machines. These are enough to build your vital asset.
  • When you were prescient enough, you nationalized your Recycling facility on turn one. With 20 metal, IP and rare metals each, you can produce one machine.
  • During the advanced game, you will research heavy industry. This will need a lot of energy, workers and metal,but it wil produce 40 machines each turn.

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