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Preferred fleet size

Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2005 8:17 pm
by BoxZone_Author
What is everyones preferred fleet size?
I like a fleet of 4 or 5 ships but sometimes I am unable to get this as, even though my available credits have increased with missions completed, the cost of the 'minimum available ship' has increased such that I can't afford a fifth ship.
Is it ever possible to get a fleet of seven ships?

Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2005 8:22 pm
by Steve!
I like large fleets 6-7, they are usually very light ships and get chewed up fast but there are several advantages:

1) Its far easier to find the baddies, just put them into loose line formation and your covering everything directly ahead.

2) They distract more enemies, drawing them away from precious objectives and away from me

3) Sometimes they block missiles aimed at me!

The disadvantage is they often shoot me :( Ive had my armour torn to peices by a whole volley of friendly daycorns, it was as if he was aiming at me!

Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2005 8:25 pm
by BoxZone_Author
How many missions do you have to have completed before you can afford 6 ships? (without flying a hunk-of-junk yourself)

Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2005 8:30 pm
by Steve!
A lot! Im on mission 45!

I made my own cheap super light fighters, quite good with radar but not as bad in combat as a scout.

Still takes lots of dosh though! I'd never compramise my own fighter for a wing either. I ALWAYS get the best ship available for me :)

Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:14 pm
by Fusion_power
Many small ships is more desirable than just a few large ships. I've played both strategies and found that I could easily get over 100 missions so long as I kept using a fleet of small ships. As mentioned above, after you get a large amount of money, the smaller ships no longer show up on the selection screen.

Fusion

Posted: Sun Feb 06, 2005 4:09 am
by McLauren
I like about 5 ships. I use stealthy ships that are small and very, very hard for the enemy to pick up. But they carry 4 radars in front so we tend to make a mess of unsuspecting ships. I prefer my standard stealth fighters to fly on my wing. They are 116 creds. then there is the heavy version that is 150 creds. Then the advanced one, which is 167 creds. They are all fairly small and tend to do great together for the most part.

Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 9:49 pm
by BoxZone_Author
The weighting of the cost appears to be biased towards having fewer ships. I frequently have only sufficient funds to buy less than 4 of the median ship provided. Could the be because I have designed quite a few 'more expensive' ships?

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 1:29 am
by Guanchao
I vary.

I tend to have a team of very small weaklings if I'm being evil, but generally I favor strong ships over a large fleet of weaker ones.

It's possible to get 7 good ships really quick, as long as you stay alive; I managed to get 7 Warrior equivalents (Better, for all super shields on all sides) at the cost of 424 each near mission 400something.

Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 12:44 am
by Old Man Johnson
I make sure to get the ship of choice for myself first, and I find I also tend for quality over quantity in that I choose high-end ships (usually custom design, scouts with a bunch of Drachans and moderate armor) for allies first, since I prefer that they not die in the middle of a battle.