I have been madly pumping out ideas. Some of you may think all these ideas are distracting to Cliffski in getting our beloved “Campaign” game done. This is not my intent. It is to archive the possibilities for continued development (at my work we call this the “Future File”). Also to show him that this game has unlimited potential. Cliffski is trying to get sales up enough to make a living off his games (Cliffski, forgive me for speaking for you). I think this game has that potential, and it has years of development in it. All that development/improvements/features will continue to attract more players and retain the current players (who are the word-of-mouth engine for the game, I have told all my friends).
So I have another idea, but it is clearly in the future file. I’d like to see the five ways of play built that I have layed out, and would love to dicuss them further (I’m sure many of you can add refinements I have not thought of). But then:
With new hulls and completely reworked ship construction. Here are my suggestions for hulls:
Dreadnought 23-25 slots
Battleship 20-22 slots
Cruiser 17-19 slots
Frigate 13-16 slots
Destroyer 10-12 slots (our current frigates)
Sub Light (must be transported across star lanes):
Fighter 3-4 slots
Bomber 6-7 slots
Assault Boat 3 slots (and Marine bay (required)) (single shot, damage over time (marines attacking ship physically), possible capture)
Fighter bays can haul lots of attack craft (F, B, AB) and bloat the size (not the weight) of a hull. So a Destroyer dedicated as a “carrier” would have a hull the size of a Cruiser, and be that much easier of a target. Thus any ship with a Fighter bay would get a larger image depending on how many fighter bays. An example, a Destroyer (based on current Federation Fox Frigate hull (4 hard points)) with 1-2 Fighter bays would be the size of a Frigate (in my new layout) and with 3-4 Fighter bays it would be the size of a Cruiser graphically. Of course the fighters would add weight and make the Destroyer rather slow until it’s fighters launched and it would gain some speed.