This page explains the basics of Ship Combat. For more in depth strategies see Ship Combat Strategies.
Willingly or unwillingly every Star Trader Captain will have to engage in ship to ship combat during their career. For some it will only be with the thought of escaping as quickly as possible and for others combat will be sought out with dreams of illicit riches, pursuit of glory, or bitter vengeance. The possibility for combat exists any time the captain encounters another ship while navigating the void. In the initial encounter screen various options will be presented to the captain depending on the other ship's type, Faction conflicts, rumors, Faction Reputation, and available Talents which factor together to determine contact's hostility. If the result of the encounter is combat, the captain will immediately be brought to the Ship Combat screen.
Ship Combat Screen[edit | edit source]
The player's ship will always be on the left and the enemy ship will always be on the right. Each combatant's key statistics are found above their ship and the turn and ship range indicators are placed between them. The lower part of the screen hosts the Command Console, which the captain will use to give orders to his crew. Ship Combat is turn based, with each captain giving simultaneous orders which are then resolved at the same time, when the captains select the End Turn button. Each turn, the captain can give three types of orders; move orders, weapons orders, and talents. Each of these orders may consume Reactor Points, so it is up to the Captain to decide how he or she will use the Reactor Points the Engine generates.
Movement and Range[edit | edit source]
The first order a Captain will be asked for is move orders. These orders will affect the distance between the two ships, known as the combat range. This is indicated by the rangefinder, displayed between the two opposing ships. Range varies from 5 (farthest) to 1 (closest). It should be noted that distance between ships on screen will not actually change. Only the range indicator will tell the player how far apart the ships are. Captains will be given the choice to either advance or retreat, both of which cost Reactor Points. Issuing movement orders is not mandatory, and can be skipped. This is regarded as attempting to hold distance and will not cost reactor points, freeing up more points for weapons. Since both ships are issuing separate and possibly opposing move orders the final results will be determined after the End Turn button is pressed, and after all Talents and attacks have been resolved. Depending on the skills of the Captains and the stats of their ships, it is possible that range will be held, gained or lost.
At each end of the range spectrum special options are given. Combat starts at range 5 and a retreat order at this distance is an attempt to escape combat. If successful, combat will end. If unsuccessful however, the other ship may be able to hold or even gain range. At range 1 the captain can issue a Boarding order. If successful, this will result in Crew Combat, as his or her ship sends over a boarding party to raid the enemy crew, killing some and, if victorious, allows the ability to directly damage the enemy ship components. Certain talents can also allow for boarding at ranges greater than 1.
Beyond escaping and boarding, range is important because various weapons only function at or function better at certain ranges. Depending on the stats of the ships and weapons he or she has equipped, each captain may have an optimal range from which they prefer to do combat.
Weapons[edit | edit source]
Successful attacks may result in crippling effects being placed on either the player's or the enemy's ships. These will appear as little icons just below the image of each ship, which can be viewed by a mouse hover or tap. Some crippling effects can be caused by weapon damage alone which is based on the weapon's damage type. Others debuffs require the the use of Talents and a successful hit with a weapon.
Talents[edit | edit source]
Defeat and End of Combat[edit | edit source]
Ship combat ends when either party is defeated or successfully escapes. In the case of escape, each ship is left free to resume travel through deep space, though they may have sustained heavy damage and/or casualties.
A ship is defeated in combat under one of a couple of different scenarios. Take these conditions into account to create the best ship combat strategy possible. Resilience to defeat is a critical part of surviving harrowing combat in the void.
- A ship reduced to 0 Hull suffers a hull vent and total collapse. Everyone dies.
- A ship whose Captain is reduced to 0 Hit Points surrenders in battle.
- A Ship whose components no longer provide 5 Pilot Skill Pool points cannot be flown effectively in combat and surrenders. This can be caused when either a ship's Pilot components are so damaged that they can no longer provide Ship Pools, or the crew is so devastated that they can no longer provide the 5 Pilot Skill points to power the working components.
- A Ship whose components no longer provide 5 Ship Ops Skill Pool points cannot be operated in combat and surrenders. This can be caused when either a ship's Ship Ops components are so damaged that they can no longer provide Ship Pools, or the crew is so devastated that they can no longer provide the 5 Ship Ops Skill points to power the working components.
- A Ship whose surviving crew is reduced to less than 20% of maximum cannot be operated and surrenders.
- A ship whose Engine component suffers more than 60% damage loses its ability to maneuver and must surrender.