Survival Guide - Dust Settles: Daily Standing Orders
By putting in the Time Management research to open them and assigning them, you can use Daily Standing Orders (DSOs) as a sort of fail-safe as you end turns. These will allow you to do things like send remaining population on an exploration or recruiting mission if you forgot to assign one, assign max. weapons for production, or even automatically queue up comm relays and/or wall for construction. These are not to take the place of making your own assignments, just to help you out if you forget to assign something before you end your turn.
Opening the Orders:
To open the different order types, you will have to do extra research into Time Management. At a research level of 10, you will open the ability to have all remaining population sent on an exploration mission for "Any and All" if you forget to assign the exploration manually. At 15 you will be able to choose what your people should search for on an exploration mission or have all of them automatically sent on a recruiting mission, but not both. You can have your remaining population split in half for both an exploration and a recruiting queue when you reach 20. At 25 you can assign to have your weapons production automatically assigned to the maximum possible according to your currently filled barracks. To keep up with your relay and wall needs, you can assign those to be built automatically as you need them once you hit 30 points of research. Finally at 35 units of Time Management research, you can have all of your remaining population assigned to nuke construction automatically. You can check on the progress of your Time Management research on the top bar if you are currently researching it or below the DSO assignment tools.
Assigning the Orders:
Once you have opened one of the order types, you will need to click the link
on the left-hand side of your screen
that says "Daily Standing Orders." On this page, you will see all
of the options for DSO assignment that you have opened. Make your assignments
by either selecting the appropriate radial button beside the exploration
and recruiting options or selecting
"On" or "Off" from the appropriate drop-down box. If you
have the ability to select what your people should explore for, select this
option as well from the row just below the set of radial button selections.
Once you have made the assignments you want, click "Assign Orders"
to set those for use. At any time you can set "No Automatic Exploration
or Recruitment" to halt any of those DSOs and set the others to Off if
you don't want to use them any more. Just be sure to click "Assign Orders"
to make sure the new orders are submitted properly.
Things to Remember:
The main thing you should keep in mind when using DSOs are the requirements
some have for certain resources. For example, if you don't have any construction
workers assigned, needed relays and wall
units will only be added to the queue,
not completed. Also if you are lacking required building
supplies, CEPs, land,
or uranium, then the DSOs that require
these resources will not be completed. Also, if you have a communications deficit,
you need to make sure that all automatic exploration
and recruiting DSOs are turned off or
you will risk losing some people and especially efficiency while they are out.