Guest said:

I must have missed the rule about taking 1 point regardless of DR. Where's that rule located? I'm assuming from your numbers that you take 1 point per die of damage dealt? So the Aurora gets 1 point for each of it's 4 d8's of damage, doubled because of the twin linkage to 8? That would make fighters powerful enough in my opinion. I thought previously that they simply couldn't damage the bigger ships except on very high damage rolls.

The 1 point regardless of DR is a standard D20 Rule found in the Monster Manual when addressing DR. Since I found no rule countering this in the B5 factbook, I figure it applied. Thus a SA-23 Mitchhell Hyundyne Starfury as listed in the main book would do a minimum of 8. Twin linked uni pulse Cannon (Damage rolled seprately each barrel, Thus Minimum 2) and a Twin linked light uni pulse cannon, with rapid fire. (Damage rolled seprately, 3 shots each barrel, thus Minimum 6) 6+2=8 total damage rolls, thus at least 1 point per damage roll would be dealt, possibly more if you rolled high. But we are talking minimums. You would have to make 8 attack rolls, but come on shooting something bigger than the broad side of a barn is easy.

A Sharlin Warcruiser has 725 hp. If 4 Wings of 8 Starfurys focus on it. In the first round alone minimum damage would be 256 points. The Sharlin would get 22 attacks against the fighters, Figuring all hit it would thin the ranks to 10 fighters. They would then deliver another 80 points of damage, leaving the Sharlin with 389 hp, before they are all destroyed the next round. The Sharlin now limps home, half of it destroyed. And the whole combat was 6 seconds.

Had it been a Vree War Saucer, the Saucer would be dead and only 5 fighters would be lost.

Had it been a Nova Dreadnought it would have gone from 650hp to 282 before winning the battle in 2 rounds.

Starfighters can tip the battle already, lets not make them deadlier by halving the DR of a capital ship. Just add a capital ship on the side of the fighters, and that side wins. Its only when both sides employ fighters that things get intresting.

Just enjoying the crunch goodness of Math,

PsyJack