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  1. Shadow Reaper

    Liberator Attack Wing

    I'm not that interested in invasions, though any merc group I'm in will likely be available to large fleet engagements for TEST. I'm interested in asymmetrical warfare, otherwise known as "guerilla tactics", stealthily striking at supply lines, scouts, patrols, destroying small installatiions...
  2. Shadow Reaper

    Liberator Attack Wing

    There is still a use case here, and given 3 members of a group committed to the idea of running the Sons of Orion storyline together already had Eclipse, it'd be easy to go this way. Certainly that's simpler than one person dishing out $1k for a Polaris, and the Polaris really does need more...
  3. Shadow Reaper

    Xenothreat - Ares Ion vs Retaliator and Eclipse

    If you look at damage over player time, the Eclipse seems impossible to beat. The Tally is way too vulnerable without turret gunners. I think so long as you can get torps on target by vitue of other players' distractions, the Eclipse rules. Just launch, restock, return, rinse repeat.
  4. Shadow Reaper

    Liberator Attack Wing

    My interest began when it was ranked as an A class fighter in a vid I posted a week or two ago. View: https://youtu.be/LGUNVMxhOFo?t=1317 The X-85 has twice th guns of the Razor, and given such a high ranking, I thought it might be a better choice. However, like the Razor it has had its...
  5. Shadow Reaper

    Liberator Attack Wing

    I am really looking for an attack force to play through the Sons of Orion storyline, attacking the Vanduul and tipping the tides of war with them. The Kraken is very expensive--between 3 and 4 times the cost of the Lib. I forget the numbers, but for skirmishing, probably three Eclipse flying...
  6. Shadow Reaper

    Broken Numbers?

    I'm browsing in SC Unpacked, comparing fighters and don't know if I should believe what I see. Looking at the acceleration and maneuverability of light fighters, I see: Main Acceleration--Gladius 10g, Arrow 13g, M50 14g, Razor EX 8.1g, X-85 15g Maneuvering Acceleration--Gladius 9g, Arrow 9.2g...
  7. Shadow Reaper

    Liberator Attack Wing

    For putting ships inside, the biggest issue is likely the height. The Lib is 25 meters tall so the inside hangar is probably not more than 6-7 meters clearance. A 2 meter tall ship should fit. The Lib is 119 meters long, so if you can park on top of the rear ramp you might get 9 X-85s inside...
  8. Shadow Reaper

    Which is a good couple of ships to start with.

    If there is ever going to be a way to capture a Vanduul Void Bomber intact, it will probably be by use of a Raven. View: https://youtu.be/-A5CrMWpz-Y
  9. Shadow Reaper

    Liberator Attack Wing

    CIG furnished very few details about what will fit inside. We know the lower deck doors are about 25 meters wide because they published a Hornet sitting on the upper deck and it was slightly less wide than the doorway. Using this for scale means the entire lower deck is about 70 meters, give...
  10. Shadow Reaper

    What should a starter ship flight test cover?

    Star Marine is much, much, much harder than the FPS missions. It's not just the difference in capability between PCs and NPCs, but it is the playstyle. In Star Marine players generally run all the time and often shoot from the hip. If you are not running, they will run up behind you and kill...
  11. Shadow Reaper

    What should a starter ship flight test cover?

    The FPS calcuator I love is down right now, but the buildout I recommend is basically as much armor as you can wear and still have the 0.9 movement necessary to thwart all AI. They just don't hit players moving at 0.9. If you've seen the many vids online of players clearing the 890J mission...
  12. Shadow Reaper

    What should a starter ship flight test cover?

    I think working from first principles requires you choose a career path before you choose a ship, and then recommend one of say three ships under $100. The Lancer and Cutty are not starter ships. They're ships to aspire to early on, at least according to CIG. I have been wondering about a new...
  13. Shadow Reaper

    Liberator Attack Wing

    I'm thinking of what's the optimal carry for a Liberator assault wing, especially what ships can fit in the tiny vehicle bays. I confess I was very surprised by the combat ranking awarded the X-85 a couple weeks ago, and think that may be an excellent way forward since it is even more squat...
  14. Shadow Reaper

    Which is a good couple of ships to start with.

    I have a special interest in ships that will fit inside the Liberator. The Raven is one of few very compact ships that are survivable because they are so hard to hit, and that might escort wings of Eclipse off a Lib. They're not actually much smaller than the Warlock but they are much more...
  15. Shadow Reaper

    Which is a good couple of ships to start with.

    The Lancer is still Chris Roberts go-to every day uber ship. It's an amazing vessel. Cutty guys don't get how extremely good it is in each of its variants. The standard stock has the lowest signature of any medium craft, unless that's changed recently. The Max hauls fabulous cargo solo, and...
  16. Shadow Reaper

    Which is a good couple of ships to start with.

    That's a pretty eclectic mix. I doubt it takes more time to learn to PVP than it does to mine. Anything you want to do well requires serious effort. Miners are not slouches. If you don't care what you do then it doesn't really matter what sort of ship you fly. Stick with the Aurora...
  17. Shadow Reaper

    Which is a good couple of ships to start with.

    I think he was pretty clear he wanted a ship in addition to the one he has. It's a shame we can fill an entire thread with our opinions about a ship he never said what he'd do with it. An entire thread for pushy people. Meh. How embarrassing.
  18. Shadow Reaper

    Which is a good couple of ships to start with.

    You can afford to do that with the 315 because it comes stock with stealth gear. That's not true of the Titan, and another reason to prefer the 315. There are very few ships in game that come equipped for what they're best at. If you want a fast, stealth smuggler you can live out of, the 315...
  19. Shadow Reaper

    Which is a good couple of ships to start with.

    As Mich said, this is not the best ship for PVP, but it is certainly the best smuggler in game. The added 50% cargo is useful for smuggling, but beyond that would be superfluous since smuggling cargos are small. The added 40% range is always useful and the fact the 315 is faster and stealthier...
  20. Shadow Reaper

    Webb Space Telescope Takes Flight

    Just some last thoughts in case people are interested why US human spaceflight is in the shitty place it is right now. During the Clinton era, NASA decided the replacement for the Space Shuttle needed to be more efficient and cheaper, and decided on the X-33/Venturestar program, which was...
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