The secret of playing this game is that you have to build a mine down 4 levels, then goto the next mine and do it again, then the next, and the next, etc....
Keep a watch in the materials in the storage tanks, while advancing a turn. If they go up, you are doing OK, if not you need another mine. Also, keep a watch on the amounts of MinA, and MinC in the tanks. If they are low, DON'T BUILD ROBOTS or RESEARCH till their levels get up again. Otherwise you will run out and really get stuck. Also, don't build a zillion buildings at once, as their construction also takes up these critical materials.
To get started, here are a few 'undocumented steps' You HAVE to bulldoze a square prior to building anything on it (excent mines)
Some other things that I have noticed...You cannot see disasters taking place unless you have the animations turned on. It still doesn't seem that disasters actually do anything.
There is an Explorer animation that I have seen. I assume this means that they are out there, but I don't know for sure.
As for trucks... It seems that the materials can get from the first mine to the smelter without building any trucks. However, a another mine some distance away, might not be able to get the materials to the smelter till you build a truck.
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