wow, this game sure is interesting. I didn't want to post again until I had my first planet captured. And god it took me more than 2 hours
2 out of the 5 bordering enemy worlds turned out to be mk IV. "Could be worse",I thought. Well probably it could, but it was painful nonetheless. The worlds were reinforcing faster than i could kill off ships (and they still are). The numbers of enemy ships were going into the 200... on ultra low caps -.- Sending my fleet in would be suicide and I didn't have the resources to handle it. so I send waves of caps mk I and II fighters. I had to attack about 3 or 4 times to kill a single guard post. The enemy starts out with Tractor Platforms -.- have a few fighters get taken away, destroy them before they enter another wormhole, and TP still goes into that system, waiting there as threat. After I few maneuvres involving fighters and frigates (I have way more crystal income) I could finally destroy 2 more guard posts. My ships die and a threat of 70+ ships stalks the wormhole. A wave launches and the threat comes by to join the fight. Damn, that was tough. Good thing I had gravity and tractor turrets up everywhere already. About 100 mk I and II ships really isn't enough to kill 70+ Mk IV ships before they reach your home command lol. Thank god I had plasma siege starships, they saved the day by succesfully destroying large chunks of enemy engines.
After I managed to destroy the attacking threat, I noticed I had free game on that mk IV world (the one in the corner), so I send in what little remained of my fleet and my full caps of mk I and II blade spawners... Blade spawners did all the work, destroying guard posts and enemy ships from afar. Finally victorious. It will soon be time to take out the other mk IV world, which is getting close to the 300 ships now.
I don't think it will be possible for me to get very far in this game, but so far I'm enjoying the early epic battles
As a side note, enemy Armor ships are Extremely hard to kill. Even bombers do fairly little damage, even though they're supposed to be hard counters. 24k armor on mk IV... Yeah, they're Armor ships allright.
A small list of the goodies I've found so far in my galaxy:
co-p and Warbird factory on Ember
Zenith power generator on Rime and Balm
ARS on Eclipse and Neptune
Factory Mk IV on Spark
Black widow golem on Sleet
Hive golem on Flower and Fog
and my favorite and most important target for now:
Botnet golem and Blade spawner mk V fabricator on Haures
Black widow, hive and botnet planet are all in a straight line at the upper edge. If I can reach the Botnet I can pretty much take care of my defense for the rest of the game (I hope) and actually move my progress "inland". But getting there is another story since it's 5 hops away
I already figured it would be best to destroy every single wormhole guard post whenever I neuter a planet... And I neuter a lot.
First spire shard is on a planet deeper in enemy territory (Balm). I figured I'd wait with the first shard until I have that botnet. Or at least the black widow.
So far very entertaining and really challenging already. Not enough challenge to run me over, but enough to keep me on my toes. I have to admit I have already savescummed several times though. Not because I lost the game, but simply because I knew I could play more optimal and have fewer losses. Learning new strategies along the way I guess. I'm so not used to playing dif 9 games
Adding screenshot of current galaxy. More to come!