Ship design

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Player's Design Suggestions

Specification and Roles

First thing to do is to decide what is the design for. What must it be able to do? What are optional abilities?

Tactics and Strategies

Main article: AI Tactics and Strategies
Main article: Human Player Tactics and Strategies
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Runners, Kites

Kite ships keep out of range of the the ship, while keeping their own weapons in range. Kites normally use missiles because they have the longest range. However, the ring of death is a big problem for kites.

Brawlers

Swarmers

Multiple ships (or one ship that splits apart into more ships) that swarm the enemy. normally smaller than the enemy ship but can do more damage to different spots. However, this normally means less dps. Before the introduction of the explosive charge separation depended on connected structures getting destroyed by enemy weapons or by using mod parts.

MP:Ring of Death - Pushers

These ships push enemy ships out to the ring of death, which does steady damage over time to each part in the ring of death. A similar design to a rammer.

Ship Configuration

Decide on the ship's design configuration:

Broadside Configuration

Also known as Line of battle ships.

Barrage Configuration

Also known as Bomb vessel ships.


Diagonal Configuration

Game building specific due to use of limitation of square tiles, giving rise to this extra configuration. The advantage is a relative more packed frontal surface for weapons. This naturally allows more packed or focused fire. First explored by Lafiel.

Triangle

Usually a more angled version to reduce frontal size while merging the front and sides in order get rid of the corner weakness. Also called pine type by some players. First explored by Lafiel.

Plier / Crab Claw

A design which employs side armored covers for protection. It's a similar approach to hammers while allowing an opening in the center for spinal mounted or other weapons. Usually the center is a focused fire design which is either convex or concave. Also called Armadillo by some players. First explored by H4zard.

W ship / M ship

A design which explores fire focus of diagonals combined with weapon firing range arrangement such that all weapons are firing. First explored by Lafiel.

Square Configuration

The most costly and all-round design.

Rotating Ring

This variant is designed to rotate and bring all its weapon to bear. This allows the ship to efficiently put all its loaded weapon by constantly moving from used up weapons to fresh weapons. First explored by H4zard.

Pincer Configuration

An offensive design using extended section to pin down and using barrages on the enemy. First explored by H4zard.

Anvil Configuration

A defensive design using a section, usually front, for maximum protection against enemy fire.

Stick Configuration

A variant of the broadsider and anvil.


Crystal Configuration

A pseudo symmetric cluster of smaller sections. It can be designed to rotate. It offers a larger surface area, hence, can bring more weapons into battle. The vanilla Beast is of this design. First explored by Lafiel.


Composite Configuration

A ship which is composed of many ships locked together. First explored by Lafiel reaching a record of 20+ km with Cosmoteer 0.9.13 to 0.10.x.

Morphable Configuration

A ship with moveable parts or sections. First explored by Lafiel; inspired vanilla mechanical parts.

Drive section/Rammer Configuration

Mostly a square form build with only thrusters, crew compartments and reactors. Sometimes with armor for ramming and shields for protecting the rather vulnerable reactors. First expressively designed by Lafiel.

Size

The size requires changes as construction progresses. However, for an efficient build the following should be considered: Theory on Surface, Theory on Surface line, Theory on Area, and Theory on Volume.

Weapons

Based on the role of the ship a set of weapons has to be determined. Theory on DPS, Theory on Alpha Strike, Theory on specific weapons

Support System

Based on the weapons determine the support systems required. Read on Theory on Full-power, Theory on Efficiency, and Theory on Supply line.

Defense

Appropriate defense has to be made to protect the internals. Read on Theory on Shields, Theory on Armor.

Flight System

Based on the ship's role and mass decide on the appropriate amount of thrusters. At just ship size and configuration as needed. A ship's design and placement of thrusters influences a ship's handling and the AI's flight logic. Read on Theory on Speed, Theory on Thrust-control, Theory on Maneuverability.

General tips

The absolute most important thing about ship design is logistics. A ship with a good logistical design is cheaper, more effective, and more protected. The next important aspect is damage control. How is your ship going to take damage and how do you minimize it. A ship with bad damage control can be destroyed in only 8 standard cannon shots no matter how thick its armor is.

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