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Posted by: SevenOfCarina
« on: August 23, 2019, 11:07:22 AM »

Hey Steve, it appears that armour area rounds down in both C# and VB6 Aurora. Is this intended? From the C# campaigns, 1000t ships have an armour area of 8 when it should be 8.90, and 500t fighters have 5 when it should be 5.61. All the other ship designs point to the same thing. I think it should probably round up instead, or else we get this :

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Exploit class Tyazholiy Avionosnyy Kreyser    30 tons     1 Crew     3.5 BP      TCS 0.6  TH 0  EM 0
1 km/s     Armour 3-0     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 0     PPV 0
MSP 0    AFR 6%    IFR 0.1%    Max Repair 5 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 12 months    Spare Berths 1   
This design is classed as a Commercial Vessel for maintenance purposes
Yes, that's a ship with zero armour area. No idea what'll happen if I try and attack it.
Posted by: Rabid_Cog
« on: August 23, 2019, 05:43:23 AM »

How many times have you left alien life pods to die?

If you surrender, you give the scary aliens a reason not to blow you up with nuclear death and take you prisoner instead of just leaving you to die.
Posted by: lupin-de-mid
« on: August 23, 2019, 05:10:05 AM »

Quote from: Bails_64 link=topic=8497.  msg115998#msg115998 date=1566511914
.  .   they bailed out to life pods and scuttled their ship? .  .  . 

Quote from: Zincat link=topic=8497.  msg115999#msg115999 date=1566512776
Cause you know, not everyone wants to die.   .  .  . 

Bold selection is my

Crew able to leave ship before explosion.   It definitely possible to leave ship with 5 sec warning.   And destroy all valuable devices according  to self-destruction protocol
Posted by: Zincat
« on: August 22, 2019, 05:26:16 PM »

To be honest, wouldn't it make more sense if they bailed out to life pods and scuttled their ship? Thinking about it, why would the enemy just surrender their warship full of advanced technology to an aggressive technologically inferior alien they don't know anything about? I don't know about you, but if I was captain in that situation I'd be blowing the sucker up if I could.

Cause you know, not everyone wants to die. Statistically speaking it's fair to say a lot of people would surrender in a hopeless situation (unless they think they're going to be killed anyway but that's another matter)
Happy martirs are not the majority. If given a chance to survive most will try to take it.

And Steve did say it depends on the race's xenophobia and such. So...
Posted by: Bails_64
« on: August 22, 2019, 05:11:54 PM »

To be honest, wouldn't it make more sense if they bailed out to life pods and scuttled their ship? Thinking about it, why would the enemy just surrender their warship full of advanced technology to an aggressive technologically inferior alien they don't know anything about? I don't know about you, but if I was captain in that situation I'd be blowing the sucker up if I could.

Posted by: Hazard
« on: August 22, 2019, 10:07:06 AM »

Yes, but which ship creates a prize crew if the alien ship simply surrenders? How does it get on board? Also, the ship providing the few crew members would need to visit port to replenish them.

This type of detail won't make any difference to any meaningful decision on the part of the player and it won't make any appreciable difference to the crew pool. It would only add micromanagement that would quickly become tedious. It is a lot better for game play reasons for the prize crew to manifest out of thin air. This is no different than commanders always being exactly where you need them.

Fair.
Posted by: Steve Walmsley
« on: August 22, 2019, 09:02:47 AM »

If you are going to be doing prize crews, maybe let it draw a tiny complement from the boarding fleet/ship (because even a boarding ship is going to take a larger crew than just a dozen people) and then let the player assign a prize crew on the basis of 'level the crew counts between all ships in a task force'

Yes, that would mean that a number of crew was just drawn from the mother ship and its escorts. That's the way it goes. Or let a player assign how much 'over capacity' crew they want as well as an excess of crew quarters.

Yes, but which ship creates a prize crew if the alien ship simply surrenders? How does it get on board? Also, the ship providing the few crew members would need to visit port to replenish them.

This type of detail won't make any difference to any meaningful decision on the part of the player and it won't make any appreciable difference to the crew pool. It would only add micromanagement that would quickly become tedious. It is a lot better for game play reasons for the prize crew to manifest out of thin air. This is no different than commanders always being exactly where you need them.
Posted by: Hazard
« on: August 22, 2019, 08:40:58 AM »

If you are going to be doing prize crews, maybe let it draw a tiny complement from the boarding fleet/ship (because even a boarding ship is going to take a larger crew than just a dozen people) and then let the player assign a prize crew on the basis of 'level the crew counts between all ships in a task force'

Yes, that would mean that a number of crew was just drawn from the mother ship and its escorts. That's the way it goes. Or let a player assign how much 'over capacity' crew they want as well as an excess of crew quarters.
Posted by: Steve Walmsley
« on: August 22, 2019, 06:36:03 AM »

I'm not going to make the prisoner issue over-complex. When a ship surrenders, it becomes your ship with an overhaul factor of 0.01. This is the same as capturing it via boarding combat. You can scrap it, refit it, etc..

For the crew, I don't have any specific code yet but it would make sense to treat them in the same way as rescuing alien life pod survivors. You gain intel and the survivors become POWs, which you can drop off at a colony. In this case, they would be POWs on what was their own ship and you will need to add a crew. I'll probably create a small 'prize crew'  for free and you will need to get the ship to a colony to take on a full crew.

There is no code for POWs at the moment beyond tracking their location, so I will look at that as part of diplomacy.
Posted by: Bughunter
« on: August 22, 2019, 05:51:45 AM »

Don't remember if anything was changed around PoW handling yet, but should probably tie in with that. Return of prisoners etc. as part of peace agreements.

But this could potentially be another major addition, if you also consider the AI needed for it.
Posted by: LoSboccacc
« on: August 22, 2019, 03:35:50 AM »

couple questions

how surrender going to work if the language is not yet decoded?

can the crew be absorbed in the empire forming a dependent/independed pop? or dropped on an asteroid and made work on the miners?
Posted by: Shuul
« on: August 22, 2019, 03:27:40 AM »

In my opinion surrendering ships open many possibilities g r diplomatic negotiations. Should NPR ask to retrieve their captured ships? Can we propose to return them as a sign of good will? etc.
Posted by: Father Tim
« on: August 21, 2019, 11:42:40 PM »

All of the above are options.

Note that Aurora already had surrendered ships. . .  but far fewer of them, and far less intelligent rules for when they would surrender.
Posted by: Kristover
« on: August 21, 2019, 08:16:19 PM »

The latest feature covered, enemy fleets surrendering under certain conditions, what happens to the ships and crews?  Do we keep the ships for scrap?  Retrofit for reuse?  breaking them down for intelligence/research purposes?  Do we capture their Commanders as prisoners?  Just curious.
Posted by: Doren
« on: August 21, 2019, 02:49:43 PM »

Why not just have ONE PD setting and call it a day.
I think there might be at least one case where you might want to have separate FF vs AD though not sure if it would warrant the extra complexity.
If enemy fires some missiles at a target A and some missiles at target B. Target A has PD and is on PD duty. Target B is low value target and you do not care for protecting it. If missiles that target Target B move first Target A can exhaust it's PD capacity on missiles targeting Target B and missiles targeting Target A hit unhindered.
Due to Area Defence rules we still try to cover Target B but from player perspective they would prefer to see Target B burn rather than Target A
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