Well, I'm currently rebuilding. Ugh. The last hour has been clearances and raids. I had to free the dyson, it'd popped enough of the Mk IV world I got concerned. 20 more AIP. I also raided deep to the east, popping 3 Data Centers. Taking Llama, a Mk IV world with 300 units and Ceasar with 500 wrecked out my fleet, so I retreated. I also cleared the fortress off Blackjack.
Once done, I decided I need to get that Co-Processor off Earth. I'm going to be forced to raid it. I try. Ummmm... a sec.
In the meanwhile, the AI's been being cute by buying stuff like black hole generators and replacing ion cannons. My fleet deals with that annoyance in Cyborg while the Raids make their way down towards Earth.
I sit the fleet on the wormhole towards Earth in the Cyborg system, figuring if they can take the raids as they come inbound I'll be alright, right? Riiiiight.
I'm getting little waves (500 + 200) of Mk IIs at the whipping boy, and they're holding strong, particularly since they got a rebel revolt. I know I can fall back if I have to, but we're going to try this.
A few things happened I hadn't realized I was going to trigger.
1) I sucked about 50 core ships each off both Kirk and Earth. Mk V Guardians with the wave didn't help (not yet).
2) The raids didn't stagger in travel as much as I'd expected.
I shouldn't have tried to defend in Cyborg. I actually have an Ion V on Kerensky that I'd captured when I took the world (I scrapped the dual Is that were on it). I also have a fortress and bonuses. I lost dang near most of my fleet. I retreated with 300 ships. They sent in a small chase squad behind me who got eaten up and about 150 more Mk IV/V ships are hanging off the wormhole. So, in the last hour I cleared some pretty heavy Mk IV systems and got my AIP down, but I need to take those Co-Processors all the way down so I can whipping boy on Kirk. I won't survive the setup against Dual Raids if I don't.
However, this has some possibilities. Deep striking at the coreworld isn't necessarily a wise plan due to roaming threat but I'm still hard-choke pointed at Kerensky with a fallback at Twycross. If I keep draining off troops from Earth and Kirk I might be able to get myself into Kirk and up and running before serious issues occur. I kind of wish CSGs were off right now. I've still got As, Bs, and Ds to clear. If they were I'd raid the raid engines.
However, if I can eventually pop all the Co-Processors, I'll get myself down to ~97 AIP when I setup the whipping boy against the homeworld. If I'm VERY specific about my next hits, I only need 60 AIP to pop all the CSGs, leaving me around 160. I intend to take Liao's Fact IV for the B-Class (Canopus has one too but I need to be able to deeper strike into the eastern arm) and I'm hoping to find a D-Class enroute to Riker. I haven't decided if I'm going to take Eridani or not yet. I might free-float the whipping boy on Kirk for a while to keep the silliness at a reasonable level. The problem is I'll need my fleet... which is cause for concern. Last time I couldn't hold Kirk without the fleet, and that was against *1* Raid Engine. I might have to make due with a partial fleet for a while.
Oh, and one side note. I haven't got my Maws to MK III yet. I meant to and then didn't, getting distracted by other things.
This is some serious ugly.
(Thank god for K-Raids)