Small ship Rebalance
So I have a suggestion for the game, I know that Keen is not the biggest fan of the small ship grids. However, I love them as a thing, they may not be, but could be.
Lets address the elephant in the room... Small Ships stand no chance against large grids. Turret are pin point accurate, and ship battles can be summed up witha few things being address:
Q: Are the Ships of the same gridtype? (Small or large?)
A: No: Q: Does Large grid have turrets (Max range) A: Yes: Large wins/ No: small wins
A: Yes Q: Does one have turrets? A: Yes: The one with more turrets wins A: No: better pilot wins
I like the challenge of having pilots skills dictate fights, not just who can do the more numbers of damage on the other player. So I have a few Suggestions:
1] Make all turrets have a slower rotation ,therefore there tracking will lag slightly (only slighty) behind a skilled pilot, that way as a player drives head on, they still get shredded. However, if they weave around turrets lines, and combining different lines of sight will lead to small ships still getting shredded, not just it is a turrret so it wins.
2] Increase fixed weapon damage to be slightly higher than large ship counter parts (For instance, gatling fixed is a +0.25% damage or something)
3] Alter max range of turrets as follow
Fixed weapon: + 0.5% of the max distance of turret counter parts (for small ship + 0.25%)
Missile Turret: 1000m max
Gatling Turret: 750m max
interior Turret: 500m max
4] Add a few new weapons to diversify combat
Railgun: You charge up a shot (using alot of energy power draw) whn the shot is charge, player relaases the shot to fire a projectile that moves the fastest in the game, one shot should decemate most small ships from a large ship, no turret counter part.
Flak Turret:This gun should have round that explode in proximity to the target, like a slow shot gatling turret. It should have a range of up 800m and fire as fast as small ship gatling. It still lags behind the target, however the proximity explosions should allow the turret to still hit slow moving targets.
I honestly love this game and you guys have done alot of good for it. However I think these changes would help alot, bu I would want these done after more stability has be brought to the game. Server connection has been made much worse as time has gone on and the complaints about those should be heard before any of these changes come. Thank you for yourr time Keen