yes. Let's see....
On mars, there is a network of bases. Each control that part of the planet, in terms of mining, alien cloning facilities, silicoid farms, hangers, workshops, research centres, food storages... all such things. You start by attacking the base that the alien commander on each specified (would be chosen at random, and so will the alien base location, but it will always be 3-9 bases away from you, depending on dificulty). If you success in taking the base, you gain control of it. This will be your staging point.
From now on, you can send resources up to fuel your invasion. You can chooce some of the existing things you have, chooce to buy new stuff, or build it (base selectable). You can chooce to send it with a XC-22, or a XC-33, XC-33 would be for larger cargo and tanks. If you don't have that, you can send your own transporter back for it (will take longer, and you won't be able to use it, so only do it if you have more then one).
Meanwhile, you have now staged the first base, and can use your craft (the bases got plenty and plenty of xenium - no need to transport that. You could even chooce to carry some of it back to each, if you are strapped of resources and need it to build new stuff, or need to sell it for $$$) to hunt for ufos to crash. However, they can do the same on you, and they already know where your base is. However, you can't just select your craft to go into that and that terretory - it will be limited to the terretory of your base. To progress, you would have to take over the other alien strongholds in close proximity to your own (those that share borders with yours). You can target the new base without problems, it's location is known when you take the base. (that base is also located at random, but it will end with the main base in 3-9 base captures), but not go ufo-hunting in the new bases region (the craft will be in-bound, so you can only turn it back, or keep forward - a special type of craft movement). When that is taken over, rince repeat.
If you lose your staging base, or any base further along your 'supply line', but still got access to another base, you can STILL WIN THE GAME.
Okay, you play on hard. There are 7 bases, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, 1 beaing staging base, 7 alien main base. You have taken 1,2,3,4, but aliens come in and take base 2. Now, 1 is away from base 3 and 4, so even though you still have your staging base, you can't transport (transportatio on Mars is like on Earth, it will take time to deliver, but will require nothing. They won't ask how this happens. Just no.) stuff to your 3rd or 4th base. You can still transport freely between base 3 or 4, and if you regain base 2, you can continue supplying things from Earth to base 4. If you lose your staging area, no problem If you are almost at the goal, or are using lasers that doesn't need ammo, and your men don't die constantly. If not, then just reassault the main base.
If not, then you just won't be able to get resources to your base, so you would need to use the same team of units. This is ideal, to move the defenders of all your bases to your new base, to make progress that way. Just remember to bring plenty of ammo
Edited by mikker, 01 June 2005 - 03:45 AM.