Not in this thread. Unless I missed it.
Well I missed it too. I looked and looked and couldn't find it.
I was gonna ask about differentiating the SB modules, but you beat me to it.
I gotta say, this "quicky" game as Terran vs. Drath and Altarian has turned out to be a lot of fun. I forgot that you have Terran as Neutral and Drath as Good so misjudged the natural alliances. Spent a most of my resources developing resource bases and non-weapon techs and got behind in shipbuilding. Drath went right up the missile branch and developed some kick-ass ships, then declared war, immediately joined by his Goody Two-Shoes buddy. War on two fronts.
Terran leader Pikov Andropov had been anticipating trouble with Altaria. Most of the fleet was on that border so that front was stabilized without much loss. The Drath front, though, was another matter. Tight Clusters. Drath and nearby Terran home clusters are nearly racially homogeneous, but the largest cluster extends "up" and is mixed Drath and Terran. There, the good (er.. neutral) guys took quite a beating, losing several starbases, most planetary defenses, and (for the first time in many games) planets.
Defenses are much cheaper than weapons. To counter the Drath advantage, Andropov put crash priority on the already fairly well-developed Point Defense branch and pushed Mass Drivers. Stole Photonic Torpedo II tech from a poorly developed frontier world. And luckily with an Economic Boom in progress there was money to buy strong ships at strategic locations. Small fleets of strong, fast ships were used to blunt Drath attacks. One battleship managed to break through into the rear sector and, using the Terran Flagship as a spotter, just played hob with the fleets of troop transports approaching from the home cluster.
As of this writing (Dec 2030), Altarian forces have been driven back in the central cluster and key production worlds there have fallen. Several Drath worlds have fallen, though none of great importance save a manufacturing capitol foolishly located far forward. Most roving fleets have been neutralized at considerable cost. The Terran home cluster has switched over to Troop Transport production. But most Drath worlds are guarded by very strong fleets, Drath troops are nearly as deadly as Terran marines, and the economic boom has ended, leaving fleet development relatively static.
There is a diplomatic possibility: our ambassador believes that the Drath not only can be talked into an armistice, but also can be lead to declare war on Atlaria, breaking their joint economic treaty. Starved of revenue, the Altarian forces would be doomed (though realistically they are now). Drath fleets might expose themselves by venturing through Terran space to close with their new enemies. Yet a strong faction opposes that ambiguity of purpose that this might induce. Talks are ongoing.
- Harold Hedd, for GNN
Anomalies etc. noted:
* as previously mentioned, Altarian AI builds Research Coords without Labs to augment
* Drath builds very strong ships, but mostly leaves them in orbit
* Atlarian spent much time researching Military SBs, yet never built one
* in general, there were very few SB-kamikaze attacks until later in the war. Good to see. But now the Alt's strong rear cluster is wasting its reinforcements on a Terran SB between the two clusters. Oh well.
* the engine still has trouble keeping the build classes straight. I suddenly wasted a lot of build points on Snipers. and later about half my worlds were suddenly building too-expensive Corvettes, both classes auto-designed where (I believe) all the preempted builds were custom classes.
* I'm neutral, but received the Arnorian Battle Fleet a couple months ago. Is this kosher?