Lets also talk how the Grand Army of the Republic had better capital ships than the Empire and First Order.
That's rather difficult to prove but is a valid point only in the terms of super-weapons of that era,
from what I can tell Republic era technology was innovative to say the least.
Another favorite topic yet again.....
Let's chat about this,
Which also explains my innate flaws built into my combat engine.
Size equals inefficiency: ie fire control,
excessive manpower, lacks maneuverability, and no atmospheric landing capacity.
After considering all the new possible fleet compositions the Imperial Navy seems deadlier than ever,
so much so that resistance does in fact seem futile.
Between Interdictor class and Onager class Star Destroyer,
the Empire has very effective nets and spears to hunt down Rebel's with.
A fleet of Victory or Imperator class Star Destroyers supporting the operation,
would spell certain doom for splinter fleets.
The only possible Rebel response would be overwhelming firepower in the form of a Star Defender,
which is both rare and extremely unlikely.
Okay just when you thought you were safe in the outer rim,
something new and menacing appears on the radar.
This introduces the Rebel Nadiri Starhawk built from the remains of Imperial Star Destroyers,
and the Imperial Onager-class Star Destroyer.
The Onager spinal weapon is actually a scaled down Kyber crystal laser,
while not as powerful as the Death Star's superlaser.
It still poses a serious threat in space combat.
think for a moment.
How just a few of these Onager-class star destroyers can cripple the flagship of any factional navy,
Gaming with Star Dreadnoughts and Star Defenders?
One of my favorite tabletop Star Wars fleet battle systems is SW Armada,
one reason is because of the games mechanics and especially because the playing pieces/models are extremely detailed.
Originally players posted that the SSD would never be a reality in the game due to its massive fire power, but simply failed to be true and now the Super Star Destroyer is available for tabletop.
Yes SW Armada does seems to take a cue from Sony's JTL meaning that the models aren't true to scale.
That being said Shapeways has responded by sculpting the Viscount Star Defender..........
These investments on either front would prove devastating fleet engagements,
now where does that leave my JTL Capital Ship combat engine?
Unaffected, Yes I do intend to use Star Dreadnoughts & Defenders but only of the nine kilometer scale.......
1st I wished to deploy Bellator class at 7,200 meters on the direct orders of the Emperor,
will retain superior firepower with 250 Octuple Heavy Turbo Laser Batteries , 250 Quad Heavy Turbo Laser Batteries, 250 Double Heavy Turbo Laser Batteries, 40 Heavy Turbo Laser Batteries, 14 Quad Heavy Ion Cannon Batteries, 116 Medium Ion Cannon Batteries, 96 Advanced Concussion Missile Launchers, & 24 Tractor Beam Emitters.
Which the Rebels respond with the 8.100 meters Viscount Prototype Battlecruiser armed with Mon Calamari Redundant Shielding, a superior point defense systems.
The Prototype deploys 250 Octuple Heavy Turbo Laser Batteries, 250 Quad Medium Turbo Laser Batteries, 200 Advanced Concussion Missile Launchers, 150 Double Heavy Ion Cannon Batteries, 150 Double Laser Cannon Turrets, & 30 Tractor Beam Emitters.
I think I'll listen to the Imperial and Rebel Fleet again. I was a little preoccupied, but it sounded really interesting.
Just imagine the fear running thru the minds of every crew member aboard a warship,
those not directly involved in the battle such as bridge officers, gunnery crews, and fighter pilots.
The men, women, and multiple alien species racing about trying make emergency repairs,
finding and treating the wounded, or searching for an unlocked escape pod.
Only the droids of the Trade Federation died in battle without fear,
but due to their limited sentience we can't even be sure of that for certain.
For most rational beings the prospect of being blown in to the vacuum of space,
or instantly incinerated wasn't appealing but a outright terrifying reality of space warfare.
Star Wars lore isn't only about the jedi or the multitudes of heroes and villains of the saga,
it was a star faring conflict of naval battles that intrigues me the most.
It's like watching mobile cities go to war,
in which there are hundreds of thousands in nameless casualties.
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Recent updates to the GCW Event Space Battles provide me with a little more insight,
as I was irl physically disabled by the time it was implemented on SOE live.
I still feel it needs one major modification,
replacing the Lancer class Frigate with a Arquitens class Light Cruiser.
Although not quite a equal match for the Nebulon B it is far more formidable than the Lancer.
which was designed specifically to destroy star fighters....
The only true flaw in SWG/JTL is ship scaling, available mass, and finally inconsistent conformity.
I believe the Devs dealt with the model issues by engineering a perceived balance that didn't exist in the Star Wars Universe.
Everyone knows that JTL star fighters and Pob are not true to scale, in some cases it's grossly exaggerated.
Basically interceptors, bombers, and superiority craft sharing the same hitbox if not handling.
In the case where superiority fighters are 140+ mass and Bombers 200+ or more,
how is it possible a Arc-170 only has 125k in mass making it impossible to fully arm or armor.
Meanwhile the Republic JSF out classes modern interceptors like the TIE/In and A-Wing by 24-40k more mass with superior handling.
If you ever took the time to measure the CR90 you'll find that it's over 200 meters long when it should be only 120m,
and the ISD is is 2,593m long classing it as a Battleship not a Star Destroyer which is only 1,600m long
I believe this was done for dramatic effect but there is no way a CR90 will fit is a SWG ISD's docking bay,
so imagine what space PvP would be like if Imperial fighters where true to spec and had no shields and 20% or more mass to armor up.
So there we are and still we have nothing to complain about because we have the finest space combat simulator ever created.
the question is in what direction can we expand on it.
You know I love fleet space battles but with the pilot community being what it is who knows what the participation numbers will be,
which is why I created this dialog to begin with.
Well after a few weeks in my Adv X-Wing flying against the Space GCW Battle Event I shot down two player Tie Defender Prototypes, 1 Tie Interceptor, and 1 Tie Fighter.
I noted a few flaws in the script of the event itself, 1st was that there are no gcw awards for destroying npc starfighters.
2nd players are unable to affect a npc frigates hull or system point values, only shields and armor.
While it can be argued that star fighters don't have sufficient firepower, that is not true of the many star fighter bombers.
But the 3rd issue I have with the event is the final GCW aware of 5,000 faction points, this alone isn't a glaring issue but a accumulative one.
Let's say the player isn't a part time combatant but a full time SWG Neet,
three event's per day equals 15,000 GCW or 105,000 per week.
I can only attend one of two battles per day yet I've earned and main the rank of General without even trying,
so a overall award reduction is required day 1/10th the current value.
I am pretty sure my JTL Capital Ship post have nothing to do with Restuss ground GCW events,
so I'll assume the entire post line was a honest mistake.
Capital Ship Targeting Computers:
A fire-control system is a number of components working together, usually a gun data computer, a director, and radar, which is designed to assist a weapon system in targeting, tracking and hitting its target.
It performs the same task as a human gunner firing a weapon,
but attempts to do so faster and more accurately.
This is how multiple weapons are linked to fire in rapid succession under the control of a gunnery crew,
that being said I believe the only alteration required is the target reticle to represent target range.
This would be a rather touchy subject if it hadn't already occurred in Star Wars Galaxies before,
to offer a target I point out the Ruins of Restuss. https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Restuss
Most of our die hard players certainly believe that star fighter bombs destroyed the entire city,
but I don't believe that to be the case as it would be simple for Star Destroyers in low orbit to target the city.
That being said the details are clearly described in Star Wars Wiki https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Orbital_bombardment
, but should such an ability be available to players warship captains?
Rebels, Privateers, Pirates, & the Imperial Navy:
Quite naturally alterations of this nature will carry devastating side effects,
lets start with the content encoding which will naturally creates a variety of bugs and system errors.
Lets pretend that all of this is stabilized somewhat on test servers prior to release to the public,
artwork, factional xp tiers, expertise trees, ship component resources &crafting values.
Combat engine, warship space zones, npc ships and warship AI, limited daily & weekly warship quest,
tier loot & rewards, and Warship GCW Events & Naval GCW merchant npcs.
Now that everything is in active game play it's players it's up to individual players or guilds to pursue Naval careers,
rebels will engage in factional piracy attacking Imperial convoys in support of the Rebellion.
While Privateers & Pirates will attack anyone for a wages from either faction or profit from the spoils of war,
while the Empire will seek out pirates and rebel scum to keep the peace in the galaxy.
This can be accomplished by simply modifying the preexisting Interdiction Burst Generators to cull ships in Warship Space,
or Daily/Weekly high tier missions to accomplish the very same goals.
The sad truth is that balance is only relative between ships of the same Hull Class and technology Era,
smaller ships will enjoy faster flight speeds while larger vessels will enjoy superior firepower.
While it is possible for three smaller craft to take down a larger variant,
say three Dreadnaught class Heavy Cruisers versus a single Imperial class Star Destroyer.
The same can't be said of inferior crafts such as multiple Nebulon B class Frigates versus a single Bellator class Battle cruiser,
every frigate that engages will most likely be vaporized.
The only mitigating factor in such a battle would be support craft such as star fighters & bombers ,
to inflict as much structural damage as possible prior to the fleets engagement.
It's assumed that players will come in factional conflicts during Warship Space Zone GCW Events,
as all ships from star fighters to gunships can participate.
However only a organized fleet stands a better chance of assaulting of defending VIP warships, or installations,
thus the player pilot & Naval community will often be called upon yet again for these conflicts.
I imagine massive fleets will not initially be available for some time and the community as a whole would have to embrace the expansion,
that being said it's more likely that player sponsored events will be the way to go.
How To Implement the Mariner Profession: A Second Look:
Another means to create a Naval Character is to simplify it as a sub Profession as with Pilot on a XP Wheel,
and offer Naval Academy Expertise in a method similar to Beastmaster.
This second option not only makes basic Warship combat available to all players,
players who invest in NA Expertise would gain enhanced & advanced abilities.
So a Factional Navy XP wheel would earn players rank abilities & Warship hull clearances',
while the optional NA Expertise trees would further develop their proficiencies.
Without going into details these would be enhanced tactical abilities common to the NA Profession,
to more Advanced Factional Tactics like The Ackbar Slash or Thrawn Pincer maneuvers.
I believe this method would eliminate the need for a exclusive Profession to facilitate epic Star Wars fleet combat,
however I feel its best that players initiate a quest unlock the Naval Sub Profession.
Requiring players to complete elements of space and ground combat to acquire their first hull certification,
thereafter players deploy that ship as Captain or crew to gain exclusive Warship Space XP.
As I've stated previously Warships will exist in larger zones away from JTL to avoid adversely effecting normal game play,
in addition only Warship Space XP advances the Naval Wheel in their Factional sub Profession.
Star fighters & PoB in Warship Space only earn Space XP in small support vessels,
Naval sub Profession requires a Corvette hull class or larger to gain Warship Space XP.
Fractalsponge always seems to amaze me, this design is no exception.