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The spore FAQ!

Team Llama
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This is the Spore Network FAQ topic. I'll be browsing the forums to pick out the most frequently answered questions to collate them here. I'll either answer them myself, or quote the best answer from our community! Hope this helps everyone get their answers quickly!

So what's the deal with online activation? What is securom? How does the Spore DRM system work?
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How do I terraform?

Team Llama
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It's fairly easy: using the terraforming tools (meteor shower, ice storm, etc) you can move the red dot. You can buy these tools at various planets. You'll usually find some in your home planet, but that'll usually be more expensive than others (e.g. allies).

Make sure you use the right tools. Some increase the atmosphere level (dot goes up), some decrease it (dot goes down), others change the temperature to colder (left) or warmer (right). Some tools even do two things (e.g. atmosphere up and temperature down) at the same time. Hint: the icon when you hover your cursor over the tool shows in which direction the dot will move.

Once you moved the dot into a T2 or even T3 circle (remember to complete T2 first, before starting T3) it is important to plant down new plants (1 small, 1 medium, 1 large) on the planet. They must differ from the kind that's already on the planet. After that, drop 2 new herbivores on the planet, followed by a carni- or omnivore. Then you'll have completely stabilized the T-score, so it won't drop anymore. You can then also place a new colony on the planet.

Increasing the T-score allows you to place more colonies on the planet, as well as more buildings/defense in each colony, so it's well worth the investment.

Similarly you can get a T0 planet to T1 this way.

Note that most tools are ammo-based, meaning you can buy one use one, buy another and use it again. In later stages you should also be able to buy tools that use your energy instead of ammo (so you'll just need to buy it once). You can spot the difference when you buy the tool: ammo-based items have a number of the amount available in the corner.

Team Llama
299 Posts
Well I hate to quote EA on this one, but it is best heard from the horses mouth. For the record DRM = Digital Rights Management, and it is a way that companies try to protect their property from being stolen. This is seen in the music and film industry too.
The DRM solution implemented for the Spore and Spore Creature Creator changes copy protection from being key-disc based, which requires authentication every time you play the game by requiring a disc in the drive, to a one-time online authentication. This system has the added benefit of allowing you to seamlessly play your game without requiring the game disc in the drive.


* This system allows you to authenticate your game on three computers with the purchase of one disc. EA Customer Service is on hand to supply any additional authorizations that are warranted. This will be done on a case-by-case basis by contacting Customer Support.
* Games are authorized to your machine when you first install and launch the game.
* We’ve all had those times when the discs get lost or scratched, and you can’t play a game you’ve bought because you need a working disc in the drive. With this new system, players will no longer need the disc to play the game, but can instead simply retain the disc as backup for reinstallation.

Q: What is the difference between the old PC disc authentication solution and the new online model?
A: Two things have changed:

* First, authentication of your game disc has changed from a physical format to an online format, eliminating the need to have a disc in the drive when playing.
* Second, with online authentication, consumers now connect to the Internet the first time the game is launched and are only required to reconnect if they are downloading new game content.

Q: How will the game authenticate now?
A: We authenticate your game online when you install and launch it for the first time.

Q: Do I have to reauthenticate after the first time my game is launched?
A: Reauthentication is required only if you make significant changes to your PC's hardware, reformat your hard drive, or in some cases, upgrade your Operating System. Multiple installations of the game on the same computer do not count against the number of computers the game can be installed on.

Q: What are the benefits of online authentication versus the disc-based model?
A: The new system means you don't need to have the game disc in your computer in order to play. Losing a disc will no longer keep you from enjoying a game you already have installed.

Q: Am I able to play my game on more than one computer? Do I need the disc for that?
A: You'll be able to install and play your game on up to three computers without the need of the game disc. Your computer is authorized after installation and the initial launch of the game.

Q: Will I still be able to play my game offline?
A: Yes, you can play offline, however, we do hope that you will play online. Sharing creatures, buildings, and vehicles with other players is something that is unique to Spore and Spore Creature Creator, and is one of the coolest features of the game.

Q: What happens when I’ve reached the maximum number of computers for my game and I need more? (Due to computer upgrades, theft, crashes, etc.)
A: EA Customer Support is on hand to supply any additional authorizations that are warranted. This will be done on a case-by-case basis by contacting Customer Support.

Q: Why are Maxis and EA implementing this new authentication process?
A: This solution serves to protect our software from piracy. It has the added benefit of allowing you to activate your game on multiple machines without needing the game disc in the drive when playing the game.

Team Llama
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Installed SPORE in Dutch or any other language, and prefer to have it in English? Edit your shortcut (Right click, Properties), and add the following to the target (after the SporeApp.exe and any double quotes, make sure there's a space before this option:
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For Dutch:
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For any other language, look in C:Program FilesElectronic ArtsSPOREDataLocale (or wherever you installed Spore). There are a bunch of folders for each language there. Replace the 'en-us' or 'nl-nl' with your language choice from the folder (UK English would for example be en-gb). Enjoy!

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