This thread is a split from the “New Balance Thread”, in an attempt to prevent us from hijacking the original thread, and is a response to this message:
Only total shield power is halved for tribe. They still get the full resistance of the shield in question. Further, the tribe don’t have to buy a dedicated item to take advantage of their primary hull bonus. It just happens automagically every time they buy something. This lets them mount more weapons or defensive structures that they didn’t need, or field MORE ships. This means they have higher DPS, or more ships(which means higher overall DPS), which means other races shields and armor drop that much quicker(assuming both sides are properly equipped to deal with each other). To illustrate this, I made a Phalanx of 20 Imperial cruisers stacked 10x2. The cruisers had:
Crew Module 2x1
Power Generator 3x2
TOTAL COST: 51620
I then made the exact same cruiser on a tribe hull. The cost came out EXACTLY the same. (I can post the two fleets if anybody is interested.)
I lined up the tribe cruisers in the same 10x2 phalanx. Both sides were set to cooporative, vulture, and had engagement ranges set to allow all weapons to fire. (Orders were identical on both sides.) Although the tribe were the first to lose shields, they won with 55% of the fleet remaining, and most of them still sporting full shields. 55% win using a loadout that played to the strengths of the Empire.
Or, lets just have the tribe plunk down as many fast missile turrets as the hull can hold, a single engine, and the same types and number of armor and shields as the enemy ship. The tribe ships are similar speed, their shields reflect the same weapons as the enemy. What they don’t reflect takes them down faster, but when the shield drops the hull is still there. And the tribe will field MORE weapons, because they didn’t have to buy other crap to get their bonus. Any shields or armor they actually DO buy help them defensively TWICE.
I don’t thing anybody is arguing that the tribe are OP, but I think they’re way more OP than people realize.