Arido Mesa Tips
Well, after reading the newsletter, I'm not sure how useful this information will be now, but I'll post it here anyway.
I remember that in the Arido Mesa scenario, one of the 3 Life Support Modules on the colony ship failed, and you've gotta take in a ton of colonists in a short amount of time...like...10 "days" of Aven Prime time. The best way to deal with this is several important things:
1.) Lots of Immigration Centers
2.) Get the farming started early to make sure the food is available.
3.) You might end up building several apartment buildings instead of skyscrapers.
4.) Oh! Build Police Drones early too! I had a real problem with crime in one of the attempts that I failed at. Too many people in one place is a disaster waiting to happen unless you can keep law and order.
One thing I did like about the Arido Mesa map was it was big, and had lots of geothermal vents. Plus the place reminds me of Arizona, Utah, Mars, Vulcan, or even Arakkis.