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1  Starsector / General Discussion / Re: My 0.65 RC-1 Fleet on: October 22, 2014, 08:26:13 PM
I'd love to see some single-ship bounties in the future where the enemy is just one dude in a big heavily customized ship being a menace that must be stopped.

Imagine getting that big fat 250k payoff only if you can manage to defeat some legendary captain of an overclocked paragon.
2  Starsector / General Discussion / Re: My 0.65 RC-1 Fleet on: October 22, 2014, 07:03:52 PM
Cash in hand: 3,017,642

  • 1xOnslaught
  • 1xDominator
  • 2xEnforcer
  • 2xMedua
  • 1xHammerhead
  • 1xGemini
  • 1xWolf
  • 4xAssorted fighter/bomber

Is highly profitable: Check

How in pluperfect hell is a fleet that big "highly profitable"? In fact, how is it not just one gigantic neverending money sink?

How are there enough supplies and fuel in the universe to support a fleet that big?

Do you just stay in one system all the time? If so, how do you turn a profit when there aren't any bounties (most of the time)? Do you just wait around at one port or another, speeding up time, waiting for bounties? Is one of the systems capable of producing half enough supplies to keep a fleet that big afloat?

I can't find out how to make it worth having a single cruiser class ship, even just by itself, due to a combination of the expense and lack of availability of supplies and fuel, and lack of constant , decent money source within a single system.
3  Starsector / Announcements / Re: Starsector 0.65a (Released) Patch Notes on: October 21, 2014, 10:46:30 PM
Are you sure? There's code specifically to abort the inspection if the player jumps out before they get the notification about the scan, and as far as I can see, it seems to work. Can you describe exactly the sequence of events?

Yes, I'm positive of what I saw.

I was near a Hegemony patrol when I arrived at the warp thingy, clicked the text option to enter warp, and afterwards while my fleet was just kind of fading out while on top of the gate, the hegemony patrol emitted its pinging pulse thing, and then I appeared in warp in time to see the "you lost faction!" message.

I also recently chased down a single pirate ship, some kind of smuggler, engaged it, used the "pursue" option, ran it down, destroyed it, and when I came out of combat I saw a notice of losing -156 faction with independents, and since the game was paused, I got to see that the now empty pirate fleet (of one ship) I had just killed had turned independent after I engaged it.
4  Starsector / Announcements / Re: Starsector 0.65a (Released) Patch Notes on: October 21, 2014, 03:24:21 PM
Dunno if it was already mentioned, but you can get pinged for scans after you've already put in the command to enter a warp gate, causing you to lose faction standing without being able to take any action to prevent it. People should be able to tell when the irreversible process of starting up the warp drive has begun, and know better than to expect you to sit still for a scan when it is impossible. Better that than making it possbile but only a tiny window of split-second-reflex-game-pausing to interrupt your warp jump so you can get scanned, if you ask me.
5  Starsector / Announcements / Re: Starsector 0.65a (Released) Patch Notes on: October 21, 2014, 10:30:34 AM
I'd just like to comment about something that might be a bit old news to some, but new news to me, as of this version.

It's a lot of text that looks negative at first glance, so I'll just preface by mentioning that the end result of what I'm about to say is 100% praise, and the wall that follows is to put it all into perspective.

I haven't played this game since before the CR stuff went in, and I've put it off since I heard about it because I absolutely did not like the idea behind the mechanic. I've always been the type of person who most enjoys getting stuck into a game, immersing myself, and going very, very slowly, deliberately, and doing my best to cheat or circumvent the system in order to prolong my gameplay experience in every way possible. That might not make sense, but I'll put it this way- in Starsector, I really, really loved extremely long battles. A lot of times this meant getting the fastest ships and kiting around enemies that were way too big and tough, and that I shouldn't have normally been able to take on. Other times it meant investing everything in a fleet of the most durable and defensive ships possible with weapons that don't rely on ammo, and outlasting the enemies, often with the goal of defeating them in very long engagements where, as a result, I ended up winning without taking any hull or even armor damage. I'm the kind of person who doesn't use consumables in games where it's at all possible to win without them, even (especially) if it means extra grinding to make up or even far surpass the difference, which I greatly enjoy. I always go for unlimited attack methods and resources, even if it means they'd be far weaker than limited alternatives. My greatest joy in gaming is almost always the ability to play indefinitely without stopping, or with as few stops and extra steps of maintenance as possible. I hate item durability. I hate time limits. I hate escort quests where my success hinges on an uncontrollable factor that I can't grind to make up for.

As of this most recent update, I've finally tried the game again, fully expecting to be disappointed by all the new limiting factors both in combat and out.

I was very pleasantly surprised.

The CR system and the way supplies are required and used seems to work just exactly right. It's not even just that I don't mind them. I actually enjoy their inclusion in the game. It almost feels like some kind of rare balance has been struck, where those factors are implemented so smoothly with the gameplay that even I can't help but feel motivated by them, rather than bogged down.

CR drop during combat, especially after prior recent battles, and all that it entails, seems to only serve to make each new fight more tense. The handicaps and risks of rapidly dropping CR are gradual enough that it really just feels like a longer battle has all the more at stake, which is exhilarating. Suddenly, a grueling battle against already overwhelming odds (granted, I've only played as one or two frigates going up against bigger and deadlier forces so far) becomes all the more desperate when that CR timer ticks down and the alarm sounds.

It's difficult to describe, but if someone with my extreme preferences for non-limited gaming mechanics finds them compelling, then you guys must have done something very, very right, or at least are on the right track.

Also, The sound effects seem to have largely changed since the last time I played. I liked them fine before, but they're better by leaps and bounds now. Kudos all around.
6  Other / Discussions / Re: FTL on: September 13, 2012, 05:04:32 PM
Oh, what do we have here?

Yeah, FTL releases tomorrow, and I'm super excited to see how it goes.

I tossed $100 at the kickstarter for both this, and Star Command (the second kickstarter, for PC port), and I've been following them every step of the way.

I knew I wanted to support them from the moment I saw their first video presentations. What's not to love?

On a somewhat related note, I became horribly depressed when I found out that I missed the chance to support the Two Guys SpaceVenture ( I loved the Space Quest series dearly.

Oh well. At least it got funded without my help Wink
7  Starsector / General Discussion / Re: i realized something today! on: August 15, 2012, 05:52:04 AM
Personally, I was immediately reminded of overheating and flushing coolant in the Mechwarrior games.

IIRC, energy weapons caused the most heat in those games as well.
8  Starsector / Suggestions / Re: No ship system should be finite. on: August 11, 2012, 04:45:50 AM
I don't think it would be able to produce more.

Only the game designers can speak for the lore, so it's irrelevant to discuss.

My point is that it should be able to produce more, because gameplay.
9  Starsector / Suggestions / No ship system should be finite. on: August 11, 2012, 01:14:00 AM
Even flares and especially drones should at least slowly regenerate their stock over time, back to the initial amount.

Ship systems are now integral to gameplay, and really should have a constant presence in combat. This seems no more poignant than in the case of the ships with drones, where the supply often runs dry fairly quickly even in light combat, and then the ship is crippled with minimal effort for however much longer the battle goes on.

I love the concept of drones, but I can't justify using the ships that get them when other ships have the overwhelming, infinite tactical superiority of reusable systems.

I'd rather this weren't the case.
10  Starsector / General Discussion / Re: Stagnant Development on: August 05, 2012, 10:19:22 PM
I read the thread title and the first post, and I don't think it's necessary to even skim through the rest of this thread.

If this isn't a joke, which it really looks like to anyone who's semi-regularly paid attention to Starfarer's development and has even the loosest grasp on average development cycles, especially for indie games with small teams, then shame on you. Shame on you for not knowing better.

The dev team's communication with the community has been impeccable. The rate of progress has been astounding. At no point since this website was accessible to the general public has this not been the case.

This has been so blatantly, objectively obvious that I can only conclude that the OP has fallen victim to a sort of confirmation bias, where they only care about updates and communication concerning one or two aspects of the game they find particularly interesting(campaign features?), while progress and information about all other areas are ignored and considered wasted time, despite their fundamental importance in the scope of the project as a whole, and in game design in general.

It just isn't an apple pie without the crust, even if all *you* care about is the filling, and Alex is making this one from scratch, so he must first invent the universe, you see?
11  Starsector / General Discussion / Re: .53a First impressions on: August 05, 2012, 09:51:19 PM
I feel like ramming your unshielded ship into another ship's shields at high speed should result in crazy huge amounts of kinetic damage, more than any weapon, especially depending on your ship's mass.

It makes sense, and it could be an even more interesting risk vs. reward dynamic especially in the case of burn drives.
12  Starsector / General Discussion / Re: Am I the only one who thinks the Hyperion is overpowered? on: August 04, 2012, 07:18:47 PM
It does feel pretty strong with the teleporting, yeah, but my only real concern, personally, is the quick point capturing. It probably shouldn't outperform interceptors so utterly.

It'd likely work to just require a fairly long initial chargeup/startup time before the teleport system works normally right at the Hyperion's deployment.
13  Starsector / Announcements / Re: Starfarer 0.53a (In Development) Patch Notes on: June 30, 2012, 02:19:30 PM
I would just like to say that I cannot begin to imagine what these people are talking about who think that Starfarer's development is going anything resembling slowly. I can only guess that these people have absolutely zero experience with indie game development whatsoever, even just watching and waiting on any previous titles in development, and are letting their excitement for this title severely cloud their reasoning.

Starfarer's development has so far consistently been what I would call blisteringly fast, and I have kept tabs on (and even participated in a few small examples of) many, many developing indie games, of all genres and sizes, over a course of about the last decade and a half.

My website bookmarks list alone contains, let's see... seventeen different websites, mostly individual titles, almost all of them unfinished, ongoing projects, and 3 addresses which are aggregate sites dedicated to tracking various developing indie games. I check and recheck many of these daily, all of them weekly, and have done so with many more over the years than my bookmark list covers even the merest fraction of.

And I have to say, Starfarer, which I also check just about daily, has been standing out as a very frequently updated game, a notably updated website, and an extraordinarily active dev presence in the game's community.

The rate of progress and dev communication is simply, undeniably exceptional, especially when compared to the format and frequency of other titles' updates.

Hell, I'd even just point to the likes of Cortex Command or various long stages of Minecraft's development as the other end of the spectrum.

I guess it's in the nature of the enthusiastic fan to keep demanding more, and that's fine and dandy, but a wise fan should know the difference between the absurd, machine-like efficiency and speed of Starfarer's dev team, and the likes of the rest of the indie chaff out there, where entire teams of people don't say a word and can't work a dozen lines of code together or even update their website to tell anyone what's going on for years at a time.
14  Starsector / General Discussion / Re: Damage boost - Graviton, Mjolnir on: May 16, 2012, 10:21:34 PM
To be honest, I'd written off the mjolnir cannon many versions ago, just on account of its awful flux rate.

It just gets worse and worse as the rest of the game improves, which is particularly sad since I really like the description and idea of the weapon.

I think it should just be scrapped and replaced by an actual large energy mount with a charge-up-and-fire-big-single-ball-of-hurt feel to it, like a bigger antimatter blaster. We have way too few different energy mounts anyway, especially compared to the huge number of different ballistics.
15  Starsector / General Discussion / Re: Paragon Loadout on: May 15, 2012, 08:59:41 PM
Aren't all those beam weapons? If so, ITU doesn't help much.

It helps more, actually. I'm not great at the maths, but fifty percent of one thousand turns out to more than two hundred. Even tact laser gets +three hundred from ITU on cap ships, as I understand it.
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