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by Gus Smedstad
Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: Tips, Strategy & Guides
Topic: Whats the point of hitting engines?
Replies: 7
Views: 6646

Re: Whats the point of hitting engines?

Another scenario where engines-first makes sense is if you're using a weapon that does more than 1 point of damage. A Breach Missile or Breach Bomb is much more effective against a 3 point engine room than a 1 point bridge. I also second UltraMantis's points - even 1 point of helm repaired fully res...
by Gus Smedstad
Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:45 am
Forum: Tips, Strategy & Guides
Topic: What is (are) your favorite weapon(s) and why?
Replies: 61
Views: 30792

Re: What is (are) your favorite weapon(s) and why?

I get a big kick out of the Mini Beam i gotta admit. For a beam you couldn't ask for faster reload or lower power consumption, yet it is still capable of nasty damage when shields are stripped. A lot of the supposedly "backward" weapons are really pretty nice. The Dual Laser being a prime...
by Gus Smedstad
Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: Tips, Strategy & Guides
Topic: Unlocking the Mantis ship
Replies: 9
Views: 17769

Re: Unlocking the Mantis ship

UltraMantis wrote:If you're not a big fan of boarding, you aren't missing out on much with either of the Mantis cruisers esp. the type B.

I just feel the need to complete the game with all the ship variants. I've won with everything else at this point.
by Gus Smedstad
Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:14 am
Forum: Tips, Strategy & Guides
Topic: Unlocking the Mantis ship
Replies: 9
Views: 17769

Unlocking the Mantis ship

I'm really annoyed with the process required to unlock the Mantis ship. I've unlocked all the other ships, including the B variants, and still no Mantis. People complain about the difficulty of unlocking the Crystal ship, but it seems I run into the stasis pod regularly, and most games I never see t...
by Gus Smedstad
Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:43 pm
Forum: Tips, Strategy & Guides
Topic: Crystal / B
Replies: 6
Views: 5917

Re: Crystal / B

You can port your crystals into AI ships - they're are resistant to sufffocation, and can take down a system before they choke out - take out the weapons and get outta dodge That's a good idea. I wasn't boarding AI scouts at all unless I had an asteroid field or flare sun, since doing the final poi...
by Gus Smedstad
Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Tips, Strategy & Guides
Topic: Crystal / B
Replies: 6
Views: 5917

Crystal / B

Wow, the Crystal / B has an annoying start, about on par with the Stealth / B. The complete lack of weapons makes it impossible to touch Zoltan ships and AI scouts, which are quite common in sector 1. And I thought the Slug cruiser was bad in that respect! While you can get a ton of scrap from the s...
by Gus Smedstad
Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:53 pm
Forum: Tips, Strategy & Guides
Topic: What are your favorite upgrades / augmentations? [SPOILERS]
Replies: 31
Views: 20019

Re: What are your favorite upgrades / augmentations? [SPOILE

The gods of random already hate me since I never get one of these but. Ion Cannons + Weapon pre-ignite + auto reloader The various ion weapons don't work well with the weapon pre-igniter, since they tend to be fast charging and thus get minimal benefit. If you manage to luck into a weapon pre-ignit...
by Gus Smedstad
Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:06 am
Forum: Tips, Strategy & Guides
Topic: Kestrel and Fed cruiser
Replies: 5
Views: 4912

Re: Kestrel and Fed cruiser

United Federation is a lot easier to get with the Kestrel B, since you start with a varied crew. Since it's very chance dependent, and Tough Little Ship is something you can shoot for very deliberately by finding an enemy or asteroid field that can damage you slowly near a shop, it's easiest to do t...
by Gus Smedstad
Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: Tips, Strategy & Guides
Topic: The stealth ship
Replies: 21
Views: 17284

Re: The stealth ship

Small nitpick here, you're reversing lasers and beams. Lasers do miss, and do shorten your cloak. Beams don't miss if cloak, and don't affect your cloak time if you use them. Minibeams have a charge time of 12 seconds. Even cloak-1 will allow you to fire first with the Stealth/A, but the Stealth/B n...
by Gus Smedstad
Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:18 am
Forum: Tips, Strategy & Guides
Topic: Nebulas - Yay or Nay
Replies: 17
Views: 20213

Re: Nebulas - Yay or Nay

Whether you can fight effectively in an ion storm really depends on how energy-efficient your weapons are. The Stealth / B for example has a terrible time until fairly late, because you need a minimum of 4 energy in weapons. A ship with a Burst Laser II like the Kestrel is perfectly happy in an ion ...