The effect of critical hits

How much do you feel crtical hits affect a game

  • Too much. They make the game a lottery

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  • About right. They add spice.

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  • Too little. You might as well play chess.

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The effects on the game of critcals came up in one of the other threads. I thought it would be interesting to get a wider set of opinions.
I think there about right - although a friend has violently disagreed after a recent game where luck turned against him - but I don't think there's much to be done about governing luck.
I think that they are about right, but that they happen way too often. I would prefer to see them limited in frequency with Precise weapons getting more as normal.

EDIT: I tend to have lucky dice. This means that I get lots of crits usually, but that my normal opponents don't want to play as much. :( Aside from this fact a standard weapon should not have a 1/6 chance of scoring significant critical damage.
Ive just played way too many games (nearly all of them in fact) that criticals were the single largest determining factor in who won.

Of course part of that may be that my opponets always seems to roll 5-6 on the severity no matter what chart they roll.

I like the IDEA of crits. I just think they should happen about half as often, at least on ships that are near full health.
I think they're about right as far as effects go. theres a good mix of really nasty ones and a few 'eh who cares' ones...of course It would be nice to introduce a critical system for the ancients to give us mere mortals a fighting chance, but we'll see.

I think they ought to be a little tougher to get on tougher ships though.
Previously I advocated a different crit had to make a second roll based on the hull of the ship. So criticals on hull 6 ships would be harder to get on hull 4 ships (representing more advanced technology, more redundant systems, or simply a better design)

criticals can definitely change the turn of play and really effect ships capabilities however there also criticals which don't effect ships too badly either. I would say they turn up maybe just a little too much though - especially if you are using precise weapons - 1 in 3 chance of criticals - a little high in my opinion, but I enjoy the game too much and so am happy to continue as it is without grumbling to any degree
People get too hung up on the word 'critical' It's just a damage table. The game would run just as well if we rolled EVERY hit on that table.

I think they're fine.

The thing I like about this game is the fact that one minute your luck has disappeared to the bar to get itself a drink, then next thing, its back and things don't seem so bad anymore.
I think they're alright. People need to realise that things like spaceships are constructed in such a way that they don't really have any 'dead space'. Every cubic meter is assigned to something.

Once you start blasting holes in that kind of construction it's almost impossible not to hit anything critical. I'd say that 1 in 5 hits hitting armour (which is then slagged of/blown to bits) and non-critical parts/areas is very generous already.
Yes they are a source of more "luck" in the game but I also think that this is a good thing. You can't bank on a ship definitely being able to fire or move after being attacked so if it's important to get its action done (e.g. opening a jump point and you need to stop the only enemy ship that can fire on it even though it can't cause enough damage to reduce it to zero crew/damage) then you have even more reason to prioritise. It also forces you to adapt your tactics to new and changing situations rather than playing an entirely predictable game!

So what if you lose one game in ten due to "lucky criticals"...that's part of the fun not knowing when this will happen!
I think you mean the Hood. The Bismark got a no turning crit I guess...

I think they occasionally overpower the game (glares at Precise opponents) but they are definitely a good thing.
I agree, they are a good thing. I don't like that the severe crits are as common as the not-so-severe crits. Maybe put the crit table up to a 2d6 chart, to provide some sort of rarity for vital system crits and the really ugly crits on each chart.
I have found that most games come down to who is luckier with their crits. Not so much who gets more but who gets the better ones.
As Dennbok mention I have nearly given up on the game entirely due almost exclusively to criticals.
My problems with them are;
1 the likelihood. 1/6 (or 1/3)
2 the spread. (I.e the same chance of -1spd as No more weapons)
3. the difficulty to repair. Specifically having to repair in reverse order received.
4. the “all or nothing” of the results (I.e in raid level and above the damage results (including 65 and 66) and nothings while 16,26,36,46,61 all make a ship nearly useless)

I am currently working on my own crits table that uses a D10 (tens/category) and a D6 (units/result).
So basically it has 1-4 hull, 5-7 engines, 8-9 reactor, 10 critical systems. This should create a better spread with the nasty results happening less.

I should have it ready by tomorrow.

I think ACTA limits itself too much to the D6.

Yes, post your critical table. However, I'd recommend a 2-12 over a 1-10 to make a bell curve. Otherwise there's still an equal chance of "total meltdown" as "nothing important."

Is it too late to include such a "curved" crit correction in Armageddon?