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Suggestions / Basic Balance Oversights
« on: December 18, 2015, 03:50:47 PM »
Something of a place for really basic balance/gameplay issues with the game. The type that could be overcome with simple tweaks.

1: Atropos torpedoes are simply lacking. For 6 OP, I get something generally worse than a Hammer (2 OP). There is just no reason for these torpedoes to be as bad as they are. It would be nice if they at least had more HP than normal torpedoes, granting them some use.

2: The Hound and to a lesser extent the Cerberus are just sorta pointlessly bad. Without shield generators, they need more armor or more something to really compare as viable ships. If these were particularly cheap to maintain or purchase they might even have meaning, or even if shielded cargo was important these days, but as it stands they are kinda flatly bad. Makes fighting (D) versions of them from pirates feel particularly like punching children.

3: Civilian ships in general - Shuttles/Liners/Troop Transports/The Atlas/Larger Tankers do not create interesting and meaningful trade-offs, they are just generally bad. Part of this is how the economy works, but in general the issue is that you can have a whole fleet of combat capable vessels that all can carry a meaningful amount of cargo, or you can have one giant cargo ship that slows you down tremendously, provides no combat utility, and isn't even cheap to maintain or purchase. The scales of advantages these ships provide need to be reworked such that they are interesting choices rather than really bad ones. Simply buffing their cargo/troop/fuel capacity might be sufficient. The disadvantages these ships often have are very large, it seems only reasonable that their advantages might be big enough that you would ever decide to use them.

4: (D) Hulls. Currently they are a minor price drop for a massive disadvantage. The easiest trade-off is what Starsector+ did, just reduce their maintenance/deploy costs as well. Make them feel like you have a budget version of the real ship.

5: Phase ships are mostly just annoying to face. Not exactly a balance issue mind you, but with instant re-engage and long duration cloaks it simply takes too long doing nothing to kill them. Even a half second of delay to cloak, or a flat flux drain when initiating it, would make them remarkably less annoying.

These are the ones that come to mind for me immediately. By all means add some if you want, there are like many more of these simple sorts of issues with very real solutions.

Modding / 0.7a Ship Spawning and Economy
« on: November 25, 2015, 10:04:27 PM »
I am trying to understand how the economic systems tie into factional behaviors in the game files.

Can anyone answer the following questions on what determines these things, and where that is located.

What determines frequency and size of fleet production for patrols and so on? Are there structures that alter this, or a way for this to be based on resources?

What determines who tries to send out a fleet to fill a demand? Is it always determined based upon the import/export needs of the base planet and finds its target based upon there?
How are the sizes are these fleets then determined?

Does fuel consumption of interstellar trade affect the market, or is that simply automated?

Does fleet death have an economic impact? Is there part of the rebuilding process or so on that consumes materials? Are those materials consumed regardless of if there is space for the fleet? How does this behavior work.

In general I am pretty decent with these sorts of systems. Ideally if I understand this stuff, I can make more compelling and interconnected markets. As it stands, it appears most of these things are just scripted truths, rather than something that interacts with the economy, but ideally I would like to try to make the whole system a bit more interconnected.

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