Overview of renaming and deleting your OGame colonies.
You can delete and rename your own colonies. You can also rename your home planet. Everyone starts with a planet that has 163 fields. With the use of
terraformers, you can now get your home planet beyond 163 fields.
When you create your colony, you get a random amount of fields per colony. – This means if you have a planet with 100 fields, and you destroy it, you get a chance for more (or less) fields the next time that position is colonized.
You cannot delete or destroy anyone elses colonies or planets. You may only destroy your own. You cannot destroy your home planet though. That is a permanent structure. Once you destroy your own colony, an asteroid field is created. That asteroid field exists for 24 hours (real time) and then dissipates. Once that asteroid field is gone, you can send another colony ship to that position and try for a larger planet.
Destroying Planets and Colonies
Destroyed Planets show up as asteroids for 24 hours. Once the slot is clear you can then re-colonise it. Anything that was on that planet is gone. You will not get anything back from that colony. Furthermore, you cannot destroy a colony that has fleets in transit.
If a planet has a moon, and that planet is then destroyed, the moon is destroyed with it. There will NEVER be another chance at a moon there. Once a location has had a moon, and that moon is gone (either you destroyed the planet, or DeathStars destroy your moon), you can’t have another moon in that location.
When you destroy a colony, you lose points. The amount of points is based on how many points you have put into the colony (mines, buildings, resources, etc). You cannot destroy a colony while it has a fleet enroute somewhere. But you can destroy a colony that has a fleet stationed there. That fleet is destroyed with the rest of the planet.
The only purpose of renaming a planet is cosmetic. There is no functionality difference between a planet named “Colony” and one named “Super Planet of Doom”. And since you deal with all colonies by coordinates, it doesn’t make them any easier to locate.
To rename your planet, go to your Overview screen. Click on your planet name. On the new screen, type in the new name, then click Rename. You may only rename your planet once a week.
I do recommend that you do NOT name your planets something like “Metal Farm” or “Ship Yard Farm”. Makes your planets too tempting a target. :)