In this series of brief supplements, we examine not ships as individuals but when working together as a machine, in task groups or battle formations. These articles presume familiarity with the concepts of Battle Order and Left vs. Right Combat.
The Colonies, like four other races, field a heavy carrier that can take on any single vessel in the Echo Cluster on relatively equal ground. The Virgo has the further advantage of being cheap to build (minerals-wise) and arm (free fighters). However, the rest of the Colonial fleet is composed largely of vessels too lightweight to be allowed out on their own.
In consequence of this, in an appendix to the Dreadlord Manual of antique fame, Doug Suerich proposed grouping a Patriot with a Little Joe and a Cygnus. When employed properly, he contended, this trio could be deadly against most foes. Unfortunately, what was true in 1994 has not withstood the test of time; against cloakers, who can select their targets through Intercept, such a group can gain no advantage from stacking, and against even medium carriers, battleships, or battlecruisers, they’re simply flying to their deaths — a gift to any adversary who chooses to seize it.
Instead, we shall focus on ship stacks that function
The Colonial Fleet consists of several torpedo ships and carriers which are known to travel great distances without any fuel issues. Base of this economic advantage are three ships that can generate fuel: The Neutronic Refinery, the Aries Class and the Continue reading →
This article is intended for the novice Colonial player, mostly because I am a novice Colonial player. If it is useful to those more advanced then that is a happy coincidence, or perhaps you’re not actually that good, or maybe I’m just a hidden talent. I’d like to think that all of these Continue reading →
Tom Graves started a great thread about the many uses of the Small Deep Space Freighter (SDSF) on the news feed at Planets Nu. He has now given us permission to edit and publish his post on Planets Mag for all to see!
NOTE: Certain aspects of this article reference the Priority Build Points system.
In Tom’s words: Small Deep Space Freighters are likely to represent 10-15% of your fleet at the time the Ship Continue reading →