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This ten-part series covers some common newbie mistakes in this game, which has a learning curve like the five-hour ascent to Jomon Sugi on the beautiful island of Yakushima. You will make these mistakes and more. But at least you will know you were not alone.

Naked Ninja

Time to roll out your bad-ass army that can run silent. Maybe it’s a group of Imperial Rangers or just sneaky Xenopod assassin Mi’go up to mischief as usual. (Tsk, that guy!)

You right-click the army. That cute little icon tells you they can go ninja at the expense of one action point. You say yes, you want Mr. Bad-Ass going ninja.

Ahoy! Move once space and your crouching tiger, hidden army finds some resources.

The game says your army has to de-stealth to pick up the shiny, valuable gear you find. Do you say yes? Of course you do. Your game lives and dies on resources. Give me the shinies, you demand.

Alas, many a tired gamer freakhead has lost their stealthy army by doing this very thing. Once your boys lose their ninja-mojo to recover the shiny gear, they will stay that way until you tell them to get daubed up with camouflage again. It’s way too easy to lose valuable units like this; if you forget, they’ll end up scouting an unexplored hex, feeling invulnerable and hero-like, and be suddenly ambushed by a pack of slavering tentacle beasts hungry for whatever slavering tentacle beasts hunger for. Right-click your army and behold:

That’s right, the ninja icon is available again. That means your stealth super-team is walking around totally butt-naked right now. No one likes to see Mi’go naked; that’s just plain wrong.

Next: Army Origami

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