The edge of failure.
Yes, good way to describe it. My 1st run was a disaster but the 2nd one was over before i hit sector 4. By the time i whooped the flagship i had my weakest ship (sans weapons) ever. 2 Shiels + lvl5 Engines only, and hold the teleporter. Because even with that it was a guaranteed win.
And because i skipped sectors 6 and 7 entirely.
The Derelict is painfull at the start of the game because you must grab enough scrap to upgrade Weapons Control otherwise you can't use both weapons. And they are delightfull weapons as well. Good thing the Laser isn't heavy, it would make it considerably easier if it was. Following the weapons upgrade, the player must collect 150 scrap and find a shield for sale and this part is very dangerous. It could be made slightly easier by upgrading other systems but that further delays Shields. You may not live to see them.
Love the balance of this cruiser. It's very hard, but not too reliant on the RNG. Having a Breach Bomb MkII and ghost crew are huge advantages but only for the later 2/3 of the game, the 1st you are in terrible danger. I want to play this ship again a few times just to see if i can fare better (or worse) and because it is a high quality mod. Excellent work!
As for my victory, it had to do with getting a beutifull random weapon drop very early on. Burst Laser 2 just as i had enough power to use it with either the Breach Bomb or Hull Laser. Either way i was not going to be denied by any ship until at least sector 4. And so it proved. With shields up, and a ship totally impervious to boarding and fire hazards i was extremly clumsy to love 4 ghosts! Well, they have very little HP.
For reasons that i really can't explain, i kept a free human crewmember alive, complaining about the lifesupport costs along the way. Good thing i did keep him xD It gave me something to moan about and he was a handy gunner in the end.
This is a superb mod. If you haven't played it, get to it! Beautifully drawn, well designed room layout, good balance and most important of all, very fun to play! Despite the difficulty.
Here is the gripping finale of my 2nd run. I did not bother at all with the flagship except a little bit during stage 2. If i sound cocky, it's because of the BL2
Oh and the Hull Repair drone FTL - Only fools rush in