I can’t believe I did not think of this, it is so simple!!!
I would love to be able to hotseat the regular game!!! I would be able to play against my son, without needing an internet connection or another computer!!!
Click “Hot Seat”
Select # of players on each side (in this case 1 player on each side 1 vs 1).
Select map (like creating a custom challenge)
Player 1 deploys and clicks “Fight”.
Player 2 now deploys and clicks “Fight” (cannot see player 1’s deployment).
The battle fights both deployed fleets, as if one was the player and the other was a downloaded challenge (yes it would be nice if clicking on any ship (either side) would show the ship data but I’d be willing to forgo that to get this functionality).
Yes both players would be able to see the same designs (there is only one repository of ship designs). But they wouldn’t know what ships where used.
Also this would be very easy to allow for 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 players!!! Imagine 1 v 3 hotseat!! We know from the campaign that different races fight together with no problems. So stack the deployments of each player and you have simple hotseat multiplayer.
1 V 1 2.a 1 vs 2 match (the "1" should be vertically centered) 1 V 2.b 1.a 2.a 2 vs 2 match 1.b V 2.b 1.a 2.a 2 V 3 match (1s should be vertically centered) 1.b V 2.b 2.c
Each participant gets an equal split of resources for their side. 2 players: 50% each of pilots and credits for their side. If their opponent was a single player he would have 100% of the pilots and credits, if 3 players they would each have 33%.