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Nerroth
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sneaky Scot wrote:
I really liked the way fighters were done in B5: ACTA. If you haven't played it, they were broken down into flights of 6 and given their own weapon characteristics for the flight. Any hit would destroy the entire flight, but being fighters, they got to dodge unless the weapon had certain characteristics (anti-fighter or accurate from memory as I haven't got my rules with me). That required no record keeping at all. However, I appreciate that might not work particularly well with SFB / FC fighters as an F-18 (or whatever) seems to be much tougher than a Star Fury in B5.


For what (little) it's worth, I'd be more reluctant to see fighters grouped into flights, as was done for ACtA:B5.

Personally, I'd prefer the one-fighter-per-stand setup used in A Call to Arms: Noble Armada if/when the time comes to handle fighters in ACtA:SF; carriers there seem to work fairly handily, and indeed were made more accessable in the Fleets of the Fading Suns expansion.

Originally, a carrier in ACtA:NA had to pay for all of its fighters separately, whereas now it gets a "standard" fighter complement for free and only pays for swaps/upgrades. So, for example, the Hawkwood Osprey-class Heavy Carrier used to come with no fighters at all, and had to have its entire fighter wing paid for separately. Now, it comes with 18 Fitzhugh-class fighters at no extra charge. But each Fitzhugh the Hawkwood player swaps out for another fighter type (such as the Aurora-class stealth fighter) incurs an added cost.

Whether or not carriers (hybrid or true) need to pay for their attrition units separately here, or should have a basic point value that accounts for its "default" fighter complement, is another matter.

But, I suppose that kind of debate will really take off for whichever book the Hydrans end up being published in, or if fleet carriers for other Alpha powers are to be looked at before then.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One fighter per stand means a 12-ship fleet turns into 24 stands if there is one carrier in the mix. I thought the ACTA people didn't like clutter?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve Cole wrote:
One fighter per stand means a 12-ship fleet turns into 24 stands if there is one carrier in the mix. I thought the ACTA people didn't like clutter?


This is why I have been experimenting with 3 fighters per stand, in flights. A hit destroys a fighter, subject to an evasion die roll. Incoming drones or plasmas can be shot down before hitting a fighter.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve Cole wrote:
One fighter per stand means a 12-ship fleet turns into 24 stands if there is one carrier in the mix. I thought the ACTA people didn't like clutter?


The fighters in ActA:NA go on smaller coin-sized bases, akin to the ones which (I think) the 2500-series shuttles were presented with.

So far as I've seen, those on the Mongoose boards who play ACtA:NA don't seem to have any particular issues with the inclusion of such attrition units.

But then, all of the weapons in that incarnation of the game system are treated as direct-fire systems. The closest you get to on-map "seeking weapons" is with either the Kurgan Khangard or Church/Li Halan Ananda Martyr (suicide) fighters.


Actually, I was thinking that, if the larger Mongoose stands were to be retained for use with 2500-series starships, and if shuttles and fighters can go on these smaller bases instead, the smaller diameter bases which Mongoose use for in-between classes (like the Kurgan Mujahidin-class Raider and the Hawkwood Wayfarer-class Explorer) could one day be used for 2500-series gunboats.

ActA:NA also uses those smaller (30mm, I think?) bases for ships like frigates, only using the larger bases for larger ship classes; as shown in this example. But since all ships in Starline 2500 use the larger 50mm bases, the gap could one day be filled by PFs instead.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nerroth wrote:
For what (little) it's worth, I'd be more reluctant to see fighters grouped into flights, as was done for ACtA:B5.

Personally, I would love to see ACTASF go in the same direction. As Steve points out, once you start launching during a Carrier duel, you can easily double or even triple the number of manuver units on the table. For a fleet scale game I think having 2-4 "flights" of fighters is much more managable than dozens of individual fighters. I think it makes another clear distinction, too, between ACTASF and FC or even SFB.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve Cole wrote:
Well, the Mongoosers hated my drone idea, but it was only one of two ideas (and Tony has already rewritten my idea since he's in charge, not me).


I know it's heresy to say but I think it would be an interesting experiment in FC.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A workable direct-fire drone rule is about as easy to find as perpetual motion, but we have never stopped looking.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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