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Total Annihilation Info & Strategies

Even though the game's getting on a bit and Cavedog was shut down after InfoGrames (now calling itself Atari) bought out GT Interactive, the Total Annihilation presence on the web is still sizeable. There's a lot of useful web pages out there, ranging from very basic introductions to full blown essays. Most of these guides assume you're playing with the Core Contingency expansion pack, but the basic principles are more than sufficient for dealing with any custom units. These are the guides I noticed.


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Cavedog Strategy Guide
FileUniverse mirror link
Happy Puppy TA Guide
TA's original developer, Cavedog Entertainment's old site is gone now (link points to the WayBack Machine's old Internet archives of the site orTAUniverse's Fileplanet mirror) and its a good start for any beginner, detailing basic essentials and the main strategies of Total Annihilation by the developers themselves. The advanced strategies are those of the Happy Puppy Guide. This gives a more detailed account for those who have played the game a little and know some of the basics. Total Annihilation no longer has any presence at Atari anymore.Back
Gamespot Guide to Total Annihilation The GameSpot Guide to Total Annihilation: itemises a lot of useful details, but this is an exposé more about the pre-CC release. Still worth a visit, though - but Gamespot, while a fantastic repository of gaming information, is extremely commercial. Mind those ads, popup's and pleas for registration. You can get lost in there!Back
ISJX TA Bible ISJX is a large TA clan par excellence: open, helpful, in it for playing the game and having serious fun. Their Ten Commandments is an excellent (and concise!) summation of TA strategy. They also make some damn fine maps. Site hit by spammer?! Watch out! JeeZUZ - what a mess...Back
Joe's Web Page A nice simple, modest TA fan page. Among other things it hosts a number of files, such as Unreal Annihilation and the Community Pack and Tech4 add-ons for the ÜberHack mod.Back
Mouldy Crouton Small personal Geocities site by Mouldy Crouton that provides some basic starting points for budding TA players online, including a glossary. This is a basic TA beginners site: emphasis on basic.Back
Official GNUG
Homepage, The
Apparently, Gnugs are small furry creatures from another planet that masquerade as Total Annihilation players. They have no leaders as such, since they're all part of a big, friendly Gnuggle. Charming, adorable creatures with the capacity of obliterate all before them in Total Annihilation. The Gnugs had a colossal impact on how TA was played on the TEN online gaming network wa-a-ay back in 1998, and you'll spot them in quite a few games around the tracks. These charitable creatures have kindly presented a page The G-Stuff: 50 (very nifty) game tips. You can visit their old website here.Back
Planet Annihilation
Warguide
The Planet Annihilation Warguide is for advanced players and covers just about any type of strategy you care to name, especially the more advanced and nastier ones. It even includes special strategies and tactics on how to use each of the different units themselves. Considering there was about 150 unit types in the original game before all the add-ons that shows considerable ambition. Its a bit old now, but thoroughly comprehensive and a good read for those who have mastered the basics.Back
Robin Lee Powell's
Total Annihilation Page
Robin's page contains an interesting selection of rescued TA bits and pieces, including an cute little utility called TAExtract that can generate browsable html databases of your TA units! Its great. If you ever wanted to peruse the actual stats of the original game's units, or that of the current configuration you've currently modded or loaded via TA:Mutation, then this is the tool for you.Back
SHONNER Shonner's a bit of an old hand at TA, and an ex-TAMEC member and reviewer - with a few pertinent things to say about the state of TAMEC's map reviewing process and Total Annihilation in general. Some gromits might call him a purist and grizzle at his criticisms but he speaks his mind (from a programmer's perspective rather than a fan's), thinks about what he says (although he has this thing about liberals) and offers a much needed critical perspective on the whole TA thing. You'll find the TA back story, FAQ's, links to some very good articles (plus some Shonner has written), where to buy TA (within the States), some maps, utilities, and other odds and ends.Back
Switeck's TA Bugfix
and Junk Drawer
This is anything but junk. Apart from hosting The Switeck Bugfix, this has a number of excellent guides, AIs and utilities. If you simply can't be bothered reading long and windy TA guides, then Switeck's help page must be the quickest and most useful read online. Everything from optimising your game install through to using TA through a router is here.Back
TA by Poosticks There was a period several years ago when a whole swag of homegrown, all-in-one TA encyclopedias were being produced around the TA community, and Poosticks' TA Guide was but one of them. This dossier has the game's history, strategies, cheat codes, command line options, CaveDog April Fools(!), unit and descriptions of official maps (right down to metal deposit distribution!), everything. Interested parties can add their own comments and knowledge to this database if they wish. This site also contains a forum, recorded games, and even an Ethics section. It recently migrated to TAUniverse.Back
TA Demo Recording Site The TA Demo Recording Site is a fantastic resource for any budding TA player either learning or just watching others play for fun. There's a large selection of multiplayer games here to download, many of them rated - some even exposing cheats. Recording your own TA games requires the Swedish YankSpanker's TA Demo Recorder. This is another site that has migrated to TAUniverse, while the TA Demo Recorder is no longer supported by the YankSpankers (they've moved on to the TA Spring project), it is being looked after by coder Xon via TAUniverse.Back
TA Wikipedia A recent addition to the TA info & strategy list, this was, I think, an offshoot of the TA Encyclopedia Galactica. Like all Wiki's its an ongoing work in progress.Back
TCBW Probably the plainest game site on the internet - but tcbw is easily one of the best source of sober info, support and trouble-shooting for Total Annihilation on the web. There's a nicely laid out selection of TA recorded netgames, a how-to on installation, all of Cavedog's custom downloadable maps, and all the support you could ever ask for in running a netgame and using the TA demo recorder. This site sits quite comfortably outside the usual gaming circles and communities. Highly, highly recommended.Back

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Last modified Fri, Sep 29 2006 by Lindsay Fleay.