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Offline BasileusMaximos (OP)

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Re: First Ship In a While
« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2020, 01:20:29 AM »
Actually as you may know, spinal and advanced spinals are just one and two laser techs above of your current level respectively. They can always be achieved with more tech and proabably at higher rate of fire. Also you get to put only one spinal mount of the same type.

Keeping that in mind, if you plan/like to put one beam weapon to your ship that seems the best option especially if you're lacking tech wise at the begining. But, speaking of efficiency, I like to put higher rate of fire lasers and bunch of them to my ships. That being said I use spinals along with normal size higher ROF lasers on some of my destroyers and cruisers because it's so cool and RP. One of my spinals is called Melter and yeah every 30 seconds it melts. :)

Actually I had a good experience fiddling with a couple cruisers combat test. I really like them both, they are nearly identical except weapon sets. One of them called Radioactive, uses melter and other lasers I mentioned. The other is Cherry and wields two particle lances along with 4 particle beams, a sniper basically. Both have 600k range on FCs. Although Radioactive is deadly, it rarely has anything to shoot at because of Cherry. Cherry just erases ships.

For flexibility, I think lasers are the way to go as they can have multiple roles with high efficiency barring spinals. Because spinals feel like a bit slow and lacks the normal laser flexibility and either suitable to get the upper hand with packing a punch at low tech or they are a good looking luxury when you have enough tech.

I wish you could customize spinal weapons. They'd have their own design menu where you'd have to pick an existing Beam you want spinal-mounted and then choose how big you want to make it, with stats changing as appropriate.

Imagine a Battleship-sized spinal mounted Particle Lance...

It'd need bigger Fire Controls to take advantage of the range tho.
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Re: First Ship In a While
« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2020, 07:10:23 PM »
Is the ship too 'split' between being a beam ships and a missile ship?
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Yes.  It carries only twenty-six missiles for its eight tubes, which is three full salvoes plus two extra missiles.  It's also almost exactly how many Gladius anti-ship missiles (in the absence of PD fire) are needed to destroy an Ivy class Frigate.  And since it requires at least three separate salvoes to get that number, the "in the absence of PD fire" part is not going to be true.

These ships are a great design for hunting down and destroying Nuclear Pulse drive or lower-tech ships -- maybe even FACs -- but they're going to struggle against anything better than that.


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