Europa is the most difficult location in the game as of yet. I’m sure the game developer could make a more difficult location, but, if they did, it would most likely be an extremely hot lava planet orbiting a singularity. Almost any guide I make for Europa will be a too long didn’t read guide, so I’m going to try to shorten this down to a check list and explain a few issues in detail when I arrive to them. Enjoy.
Warning: This guide is not for the newest of players, but, I encourage you to try it if you are new.
Layout the Starter Base
This normally consist of a 3×3 floor of finished iron frames surrounded by composite iron walls, which is the second version of the iron walls you start with. Just use the mouse wheel to wheel over to them. Next to the 3×3 floor is normally a 1×1 location with a roof made of a finished iron frame. Place the doors for now if you like, but, crowbar them open and forget about them for now. It’s best to put the 1×1 location perpendicular to the suns path in the sky. The 1×1 location is meant to be for the airlocks, but, you won’t be using a console for this tutorial.
Set up Initial Kits
Place down your solid fuel generator preferably on top of your 1×1 entrance, then after that, place the APC near of it with a wire going from the fuel generator to the APC. Now you can charge batterys as needed by placing coal in the solid fuel generator. By now, you’re probably in yellow on your first battery. There is an extra battery in one of your starting crates. Place the battery you need to charge in the APC and use the more charged battery. Place the arc furnace you’ll need down and also the autolathe. At this point, you’re going to need to start mining.
Begin mining for coal, iron, gold, and copper
At most, you’ll need like 100 gold, but, copper, coal, and iron, you’re going to likely need a lot. Prioritize base on getting a set number of each material at a time, such as 150 before stopping and moving to the next. Building a locker will help you put these things somewhere, but, coal, you’ll be using for power for a while. You’ll likely mine more coal, iron, and copper overall than 150 in the end, but, don’t worry about that just yet.
Build a electronics circuit printer, solars, and logic chips for automated power
Obviously wire up the arc furnace and autolathe if you haven’t already. You can place the arc furance inside the base for now, but, you might want to move it later because of the toxic chemicals it will create. You’ll need to create at the very least, 3 extra solar panels on top of the 1 you started with, but, I recommend making 10 instead. You need to make more iron frames and space each solar panel 2 little empty spaces to keep the data and power from touching. Make sure the data when wiring the solar panels, is facing north and is connected to the output of the APC, while the power of the solar panels is connected to the input of the APC. The logic chips will be fairly difficult because the sun doesn’t make a perfect path in the sky. You’ll need to calculate for a parabula on the vertical axis and feed the solar angle directly into the horizontal axis. Make sure the sunlight detector you start with is facing the direction the sun rises when placed. You will need 5 processor chips, 3 I/O chips, and 4 memory chips to use my method.
Set up the logic for automated solars
Welcome to the most difficult task in this entire guide. The first memory chip needs to be 0.0072. In order to get that number, use the tagger in one of the starting crates on the bolt of the chip. Second memory chip needs to be 0. Third memory chip needs to be 90. Final memory chip needs to be 40. The processor chips will do some very funny things, so you have to stay with me. I’ll explain it all in the end. First, you need to take the solar angle from the daylight sensor and minus it by 90. To get data from the daylight sensor, you have to use a logic writer I/O chip in order to collect that data to be used by the math logic processors. After this, take the number from the first processor you made and multiply it by itself. After this, you want to take the next number you have and multiply it by 0.0072. Now take 0 and minus the number you have so far, from 0. Last, add 40 to the number you’re processing. Make two batch writers. Both batch writers will write to the solar panels. The first batch writer will take the number you processed and write it to the solar panels vertical angle. The second batch writer will take the solar angle from the logic reader and write it to the solar panels horizontal axis. Congratulations, you’ve just automated solar panels to track the sun.
Information: So what you just did is create, using the processors, the formula for a parabula. The number 40 represents the degrees the sun will by in the sky. The number 90 represents half of the total solar angle, which in the formula, allows for the parabula to start at 0 solar angle and end at 180 solar angle. Basically 90 is the solar angle cut in half, but, necessary for the formula as not to use as many memory registers. The number has to be converted into a negative number before the solar panels decide what angle the vertical axis needs to be facing, thus, 0 is used to minus a number from to get a negative version of that number. Finally, the 0.0072 is the most complex of the numbers we used. It represents how much more tight the parabula gets. The lower the number, longer the vertical angle will take before moving during the morning and the shorter to go back to zero during the evening. 0.0072 was perfect because of the 15 degree angle the solar panel naturally starts off at. The formula is Y = -(A(x-C)^2)+B or Vertical Angle = -(0.0072(Solar Angle – 90)^2)+40.
Create a Furnace, Pipe Bender, and Battery
You need to create a furnace to create steel to create a battery inside the autolathe. Don’t place the furnace inside your base just yet. Pipe bender will be used to finish the doors and room regulation for atmospherics. Battery will be used in place of the APC. Don’t place the APC behind the battery as incoming power. It’s a very bad idea and will fry circuits. I suggest making two new 3×3 rooms, but, have one for exclusively the furnace, as this will be the heater room and you’ll really need this for keeping the base warm. I’d also suggest placing an airlock system with two doors between the furnace room and which ever of the two rooms you build previously. After your battery is built, you can now charge your batterys in a battery charger instead of an APC and you don’t have to worry too much about running out of power if you set up enough solar panels.
Pipe the base
For the airlock doors, you want to place a single active vent in each. Have a pipe which splits two directions, branch off of the active vent and go above the airlock doors, but, be sure to place a valve. Use digital ones later when automating, but, regular ones for now. The branching pipes in the entrance of the base airlock will go outside and inside the base. The branching pipes next to the furnace room will go inside the furnace room and inside the room next to the furnace rooms airlock. Why? As to not mix the air in the furnace room with the air in the hydroponics to be room. To use the airlocks when you need to, depending on where you’re going, use the active vent to suck the air out of the room after opening a valve to place the air in the airlock in the respective room you just came from after the door is crowbarred shut. Shut the valve when the pressure is zero, turn off the vent, and use the crowbar to open the opposite door. This is how you’ll move around when the piping is finished. Don’t worry about this just yet. In the room that you’ll use as hydroponics, make the center frame floor drop 1 deep. This will allow you to fill it with water using ice when the room is heated later. Put a passive vent at the bottom and use pipes to hook it up to hydroponics trays in the room for later. Don’t use the trays yet. You will use active vents to take air from outside the base and put it in the base to keep a specific pressure or at least close to. You will use that same vent to bleed out pressure. You will use active vents and place a gas sensor inside the hydroponics and starting room. Now, keep the active vent and furnace room gas sensor hooked up, but, on a seperate APC. This is important as not to fry wires. You’ll need some new logic chips. Use 4 I/O logic readers and 4 I/O logic writers. You’ll need 2 memory chips. 1 memory chip will have 55 and the other, 25. For processor chips, you need 4. You will have 4 total active vents in the base, two in hydroponics and two in the starting room. Be sure you add an extra 2 active vents for pumping air in if needed. how this will work is if the KPA is above 55, the active vents in either room need to know to bleed air out. Use a comparing processor chip to do this. If the temperature is below 25, send air in from the furnace pipes that are being radiated. If you can make air come from outside the base and get heading in the furnace room and automate that process, it works pretty good. The only tricky part to this is making space for these things. You don’t even have an air filter yet, but, don’t worry about that.
Last but not least, the Hydroponics room. See, this is a guide for getting starting on Europa. This isn’t a perfect guide nor is it a guide on how to optimize your base. This is a guide on how I started on Europa before learning everything else after. I did everything manually. Now anyway, if you already have the hydroponics trays set up, begin closing doors to the base as needed as to regulate pressure and temperature and turn things on. It will waste a ton of power and be extremely dangerous to turn things on for atmos in the previous step. Throw about ten ice inside the 1×1 hole in the hydroponics room. The passive vent will send water to the plants. I suggest using tomatos, as they can easily be used to make tomato soup in a microwave. Hope you enjoyed or learned something new from my guide. Thank you for listening.