Hey everyone. Just got into GSB about a week ago and have been having a blast. I ended up nabbing the Tribe right off the bat as I had heard they had autocannons and yeah, that was a selling point for me. I’m lame like that, lol. Anyways… I’ve actually taken quite the liking to them in general as their additional hull strength, racial repair mechanism and rapid fire kinetic weaponry plays quite to my personal preference for combat… however I’m starting to get to the point where I am taking a serious look at how to construct my vessels for a long term engagement so I was hoping to get some advice from everyone on a few matters.
First and foremost: Defensive modules. With shields and armor at half strength on all my mods it’s a bit difficult to find a decent way to protect my vessels. Armor feels like an absolute waste of space and I’m not sure how to mix and match shield modules or how many to use on average.
Second: Fighter craft. I’m a big fan of fighters so far due to their ability to engage vessels much larger than themselves. I have a particular setup I use which combines a cruiser which fights at short range with a flight of rocket equipped fighters using the 5/1 hull. I’ve heard that the Serenity hull used as a mixed weapon fighter (Pulse Laser + Rocket for example) is popular… but it seems a bit slow for my liking. Any advice on Tribe fighters?
Third: I have a vessel design that I’ve been using as of late that I’ve become quite fond of. Like most of my ships it’s still very much in the works and is constantly being retooled and updated, so I figure I’ll throw it out there and see what folks think of it and what changes they’d make to improve it’s performance.
Tribe Freedom Cruiser Hull
3x Cruiser Lasers
4x Cruiser Howitzers
1x Reflector Shield
3x Multiphasic Shields
1x Powered Armor (placeholder for the slot, nothing more)
2x Level 3 engines
1x Level 3 power core
1x Level 2 reinforced power core
1x Reinforced Crew Bay
1x Tribe Auto-repair
The cruiser is designed for the express purpose of engaging enemy frigates and cruisers up close with multiple rapid fire weapons. It always operates with a full escort of rocket equipped fighters and often forms the driving wedge of any of my formations. It’s also usually the first thing enemy cruisers target and tends to be an expected loss.
Anyways. Thank you all in advance for your advice and critiques, and it’s good to join the community.