Not sure if I should write an AAR about it though.... it's so time consuming
That they are, but I find it worthwhile. Both to review my own strategies and to have input from others. If nothing else, hopefully a few of them will make their way into newbie's hands as they try to work out their own way of playing.
Ya, I'm thinking my next game I'll do up a full AAR. I think my current game is a loss, I've put myself into a pretty big hole.
Speaking of that, log for Tuesday evening.
As mentioned, I find myself in something of a hole. I went and unlocked fortresses before I had enough systems to give me the needed resources to support them so I sat there with my resources flatlined for quite a while not expanding.
All my adjacent systems have 800+ AI ships in them now and I'm not in a very secure position. I find I'm having to lighting missile waves to survive and that's driving my AIP up also. Going have to suck up the reduced efficency on my energy reactors and fortify massively to survive the counter attack that will come as soon as I stick my head in an AI system, which means it will be all that much bigger when it hits.
I'm not ready to give up on this game yet so let's see where I can take this.
1st edit, gametime 2:54
Hmmm. How do ships get loose to become threat? I'm watching the threat meter slowly creep upwards with no reason that I can tell from any action on my part. Do high population systems release some of their ships as threat?
I'm still trying to dig myself out of this hole I'm in....
2nd edit, gametime 3:07
There's something wierd going on here. I had 300 ships loose on threat sitting on the other side of a warp point. As the defences on the other side of that warp point are iffy, I lighting missile them to get my threat back down.
From a different system
that only had 1 ship on the threat meter (scout is present) a 530 strong wave just jumped through to ruin my day. No warnings, I have not touched that system for ages and I have no clue what's caused this.
4th edit, gametime: done for the night
Alright, this ships just appearing thing is screwing me up. I'm already playing so far beyond the edge in this game I just can't handle these ships popping up out of nowhere.
I've attached a save that I think will show what's going on. If you run the save note that Mirtusara has a threat of 2. Run forward until shortly after the wave of fighters arrives, the ships loose on threat will warp in to support. However, from Mirtusara, 50 ships arrive. I can't figure out where those extra ships are coming from.
Note that I consider the attached save an impossible situation. Take a look if you want but don't expect to survive more then a few minutes.