As originally reported here, there is a known issue where Startopia can crash or slowdown significantly after building a brig. There are a few steps you can follow to reduce the effect of this slowdown and avoid crashes:
- Update your video drivers.
- Switch Transform and Lighting to Software. This option is known to fix many slowdown/crash issues in Startopia. Go to Options > Video > Transform and Lighting deselect “AUTO” and select “Software” from the drop down menu.
- Build smaller brigs. If you’re still experiencing slowdowns, try limiting the maximum size of your brigs. The maximum size seems to vary by machine – you’ll have to test what you can get away. A good starting point might be limiting the size to only 4 cells.
If you’ve followed the above steps and are still having trouble with the Startopia crash/slowdown on building brig issue, please post in the comments below. To increase your chances of a solution being found include as much detail as possible (which version of the game you’re running, what operating system you have, what video card you have and steps to reproduce the issue). Screenshots are also very useful!