The game can be enjoyed for a long time without a Premium subscription.
The Premium subscription is designed to cover server and production costs of higher level content for those players who are deeply immersed in the game.
The benefits of each of Premium subscriptions are:
Access to Ceres and Vulcan settlements
Access to all eight inner-system settlements
Private Starbase construction with one ring and six modules
Industrial modules classes 1-5 (Mining Beam, Salvage Beam, etc)
Full Starbase construction up to 100 rings
All industrial module classes available
Combat modules classes 1-5 (Axial, Turret, Broadside)
All combat module classes available
Without Premium a player can still produce all manufactured materials, still be quite effective in combat and use up to fifty class 5 beams to defeat a class 10 pirate Mammoth and fly the largest ship in the game.
Each Premium provides Stellar Credits (SC) at a rate of about 300 per month.
Stellar Credits are required to claim a deed for a Colony or constructing Outer Star Bases (OSB) in the outer star systems (beyond the Inner Systems).
Premium Access is renewed through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to renew your Premium Access: you can use your Debit/Credit Card directly.
The 300SC you are credited to your assets account daily at a pro-rata rate.
It costs 80SC to claim a deed for a Colony and 80SC per month to maintain a Colony.
It costs 40SC to plan an Outer Star Base and 40SC per month to maintain an OSB.
The cost to purchase a deed or plan an OSB include the maintenane cost for the remainder of the month.
If you need to support more Colonies/Outer Star Bases than can be done with the SC from Premium Access, you can purchase more using the other options on the Premium Access page of the Options Window.
If your Colony/OSB maintenance stay within the Premium SC limit then you will slowly (20SC per month at least) accrue SC.
Taking a Break from the Game
If you take a break from the game and your SC maintenance costs exceed 300SC per month and your SC run out, when you return any SC you garner, from Premium or by purchase, will first reduce any deficit SC you have accrued during your absence.
If you are having difficulties unlocking your Steam-purchased three month subscription of Ascent:TSG, set your Steam profile to public and try again.
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