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Starsector 0.95.1a is out! (12/10/21); Blog post: Uniquifying the Factions, Part 2 (04/30/22)

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General Discussion / Re: Doom AI running into its own mines
« on: June 12, 2022, 06:30:28 PM »
Well I'm still not sure this makes the effort it must have taken to edit that worthwhile, but -I- laughed.

Mods / Re: [0.95.1a] QoL Pack 1.0.1
« on: June 08, 2022, 06:29:35 AM »
These are amazing.  Thankyou so much.

I also expected it to work like this, and was disappointed when it didn't.

There are some valid points as to why it would add extra micromanagement and such, but overall I like the idea!

You can mitigate the extra micro by having fighters that don't have enough crew pull from the standard crew pool and converting those into fighter pilots after the battle, if they survive.  We also already have the "experienced crew to the front of the list" mechanic for saying which ships you'd like to get the better crew if need be, and while it would add extra micromanagement if you're running a really fighter heavy fleet, that extra detail only occurs IF you're running a fighter heavy fleet, which is exactly when you typically want extra details about and involving fighters!

People running a single converted hanger could basically ignore it if they wanted (it would pull from their crew pool and they'd get better until they died keep doing so if they didn't), people who don't have fighters yet wouldn't even SEE the mechanic, so no extra learning difficulty in the very first stage of the game... I think it could work well.

Suggestions / Re: Autofit. That's the whole topic.
« on: June 08, 2022, 05:50:14 AM »
I quite like the anti-fighter support Paragon you've got on display there.

That said it's weird if it was from a faction.  As something the player (or a bounty) might kludge together from whatever they had on hand... it's a usable ship.  It has two heavy blasters to hurt stuff that gets close to the front, Paragons are pretty tough so it's not like it can't absorb hits, and that layout looks pretty low on the flux costs except the heavy blaster.

Any fighters that get within range just flat out die, right?  I can see a load of swarmers, several beams and accurate weapons, double heavy burst PD...

Sorry for the off topic, I know it's not really related to the thread as such, but, I've seen -much- worse weapon layouts overall :)

It's also worth considering the question "Where could the probe be hiding that I don't see it?"

When using the active sensor burst you get a nice big radius where you can see anything in open space for a pretty big area, and experience will teach you how big exactly that area is (depends on sensor strength and things.)

Hiding from guard fleets is possibly a good way to practice how much reductions make a difference.  Moving slowly and going dark in an asteroid belt is something like a 90% reduction, and you can see your tiny signature radius.

With that knowledge and the hint that the mission gives you, something like "a probe in the outer system" becomes "I should fly around doing a couple of sensor pulses, and if that doesn't find it I know I'll have to check that nebula and that asteroid belt around the gas giant more closely".

They're always there somewhere!

Its not necessarily a good idea to use BMII's, but they do spew missiles on the cheap!

I can think of circumstances where I'd want one in the backline.

I also wouldn't exactly be sad if it got blown up, either.

General Discussion / Re: Anyone test Starsector on Steam Deck?
« on: May 18, 2022, 06:06:35 PM »
They both run on Java, though.  There's not really a 'native' version of anything running java, it's all a question of which JVM you're using for it - in theory, anyway!  Would be interested to hear if the two launch methods differ in practice.

Mods / Re: [0.95.1a] Better Deserved S-Mods 1.31
« on: December 20, 2021, 03:12:43 AM »
Found a small bug:
Armoured weapon mounts description has the values for recoil and armour swapped before s-modding (that is, it says 25% armour instead of 10% armour, and 10% recoil instead of 25% recoil)

Mods / Re: [0.95a] Adjusted Sector
« on: December 18, 2021, 07:37:18 AM »
dosen't seem like there is any linux verison of this mod, but i will get convert my pc into windows soon anyways but it would be useful in future cases
It's java, like the game.  If you've got Starsector running it should also just work (like any mod).  If not, it's probably a case sensitivity bug you could consider reporting here.

Announcements / Re: Starsector 0.95.1a (In Development) Patch Notes
« on: December 09, 2021, 02:58:58 PM »

This year or next?  :-*

Yes, that sounds about right.  Hoping it's sooner rather than less sooner, though :)

General Discussion / Re: 0.95 Critique, Part Deux
« on: April 13, 2021, 05:14:04 AM »
Take off every Zig.

Histidine, thankyou for all you've done and the effort you've put in both for this game and others - you are responsible for improving the enjoyment of a great many people.  Nexerelin is great and I'm glad it's updated, and so soon was surprising and must have been a fair bit of work.  On top of that then you've been in this thread fixing technical problems people have been having, many of them not even directly a result of Nexerelin itself.

General Discussion / Re: High Scatter Amp Discussion
« on: April 08, 2021, 06:14:32 PM »
Pulse and Tach lances miss because after you start firing one there is a small but noticable charge-up period in which the beam is locked in its current aiming position.  It was probably spot on accurate when it started firing, but the beam doesn't actually manifest until the end of this charge-up, at which point, the target may not be there anymore.

I like the proposed solution where beams get to keep their range but the hard flux is only applied further in, personally.  We're already paying OP for the hullmod, it should in general just make beams better.

General Discussion / Re: Beam weapons need a buff
« on: April 08, 2021, 03:53:02 PM »
While I don't have enough data or experience to have a solid opinion on whether beams are ok or not vs ships, I can tell you one use-case where they are pretty excellent.

Beams kill fighters.  Any beam, doesn't matter  - but tactical lasers, phase lances, and even graviton beams will do the trick.  Fighters can't dodge them and don't usually have the armour to stop them for long, unlike ships.   They kill fighters from very far away and without costing a great deal.  Is this enough of a niche? I don't know yet - but it -*is* a niche that nothing else really excels at, at least at those ranges.

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