*ahem* I just made a big cockup - I was looking at the wrong SSD and mixing two ships in the two systems up in my brain and writing too fast. Needless to say my previous comments were not my finest work (to whit a steaming pile of horse manure) Whoops, mea culpa.Gorgo wrote:Myrm,
I couldn't be more in disagreement with you. In SFB for example, the war eagle, flat out, uncloaked, no power to weapons could make 2/3 the speed of any other warship in the game following the same actions. Conversely, it was an extremely capable cloaking opponent.
Looking back properly this time....and with a healthy coffee infusion
1) I agree on slow looking at it, actually it seems it should be there all the time regardless of the underpowered idea....the numbers work.
2) I feel there should be a bit more penalty when firing, it does suck power, despite that impulse rack and the batteries - the power cycle is only 2 turns in ACTA which tweaks things a little. Power Drain still leaps to mind - take the 6" move penalty seems about right as you will slow some to do all this and this then means if you do any special order that would be power hungry you focus down to the R only. Currently thats what the ruleset results in - so it matches quite well - again there are assumptions that thats what people will be/are doing but thats the nature of the translation to a KISS game.
One of the problems with this is one point I think I listed in this thread - ACTA is a fleet game and looking at a ship, or indeed single weapon system on its own can cause problems and this is one area. Defensive fire is very boom/bust against plasma. A single R IS fairly easy to stop. That R fired once the defensive fire is stripped, or with other threats around, is a LOT of impact in one single volley. Fleet context does alter how you view a ship, if it fits into a role.The "R" torp is a lovely piece of hardware but frankly it's easier to deal with then a pair of "S" torps and doesn't have the arcs available to it.
If you stuck slow on it, so it could never keep up with the fleet then we go back much more to your point as at that point it is much more likely to be caught on its own away from the fleet and its weaknesses show.....