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Re: FB2... hmmmm...

From: Allan Goodall <agoodall@i...>
Date: Sat, 03 Jun 2000 18:11:47 -0400
Subject: Re: FB2... hmmmm...

On Sat, 3 Jun 2000 02:35:48 -0700 (PDT), wrote:

>Phalons' plasma bolts.... anyone besides me see lots of abuse potential
>a custom game?  Is this thing really intended to only be three points
>mass?	With a six inch radius... the thing's essentially a higher-end
>nova cannon that you can just dilute with screens and PDS.

A couple of points: 

1) Fighters can take out plasma bolts, too.
2) They fire every other turn.
3) They require a Fire Control per Plasma Bolt to fire. The firecon can
used for pulsers (and, if you were using these things on custom designs,
could be used to fire other weapons at other ships, I'd imagine), but
still need a firecon per PBL. 

>Number cruncher note:	A class 5 K-gun on Kra'Vak ships is actually
>efficient than a class 6.

That was intentional. There are diminishing returns at work. Think of it
way: how many Saturn V launchers could you fit on an Aegis class
cruiser? :-)

>In just about any sort of fighter operations, Sa'Vasku are in bad
>They have to consume biomass to launch fighters of their own or to
>any sort of area defense, and their fighters are all plain-vanilla on

Sa'vasku play a bit differently from almost any other force. The
system allows hideous amounts of thrust available to their ships. They
are a
shoot and scoot design, in many ways. Fighters just won't keep up. They
benefit from a regeneration system. I haven't done much with them, but I
they could be THE most interesting fleet to play.

>Question arising from that last sentence:  plasma bolts are going to
>fighters too, aren't they?  At least, they certainly would seem to
>official rules.  (The house rules we play with assume that fighters can
>evade nova cannons and wave guns for free.... we might use that
>with plasma bolts, too, especially if they get too abusive.)

No need to make it a house rule. It's implied by the turn sequence, but
probably be stated more forcefully. Fighters can evade PBLs. However, if
want to try and shoot them down, they have to stay with in the area
It's a nasty little decision, but fighters can scoot if they wish. 

Allan Goodall
Goodall's Grotto:

"Surprisingly, when you throw two naked women with sex
toys into a living room full of drunken men, things 
always go bad." - Kyle Baker, "You Are Here"

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