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Author Topic: Why are deployment points not re-distributed as the battle progresses?  (Read 1411 times)

Gothars

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So, the relative fleet sizes determine how many of the total deployment points are allocated to each side. That makes sense, because it limits the battle size (to safe performance) while preserving the numeric advantage of the bigger fleet.

But is there any reason the system doesn't adapt if the numeric advantage shifts during the battle?

I now had quite often a situation like this: I deploy my flagship with some escort, and get ready to take on the numerically far superior enemy fleet. The enemy sends wave after wave, but we stand our ground. At some point maybe 4/5 of the enemy ships have been destroyed, but my ships are not in good shape. CR is running out, missiles depleted, armor shattered, hull torn. I'd love to deploy some reinforcements now, but I can't! Despite an enemy fleet that in its entirety would now pose little threat to mine (or my CPUs performance), I only have the options to
a) retreat (some of) my main ships in a gruelingly slow process that might open my formation and leave my ships vulnerable or
b) try to end the fight with these exhausted ships, while the risk to lose them skyrockets as their performance plummets.
If the situation is critical, it might even make sense to c) sacrifice the least irreplaceable of your ships so you can bring in fresh reinforcements ASAP.

Even if I defeat the enemy the DP system hinders me further, because my weary fleet is in no condition to chase them, and I can't deploy my fast pursuit ships for lack of DP (until the escape scenario).


So, If there's not some factor I'm overlooking, I'd suggest to re-calculate the distribution of deployment points during battle.
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Oh, hey, completely missed this. Yeah, I think this is reasonable, no particular reason to not update it, more just historical - so, did that.
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Cool, thank you :)
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