From: My Own Private Hell
I'm not familiar with the pirate playstyle, as I have been playing only empires since the release of Shadows. However, I've noticed that pirate raids seem to be successful even when I kill all their attacking ships.
For example, in my present game, I have a defensive base which is completely obliterating all the pirate attackers, but every single time they seem to take money, or resources or even tech.
How do I stop the raids from being successful?
Once you have the basic ship tech (shields, armor, reactors and a decent weapon of choice) put these at the top of your list, start at 1 and work through to 7, once you get used to the game a bit more and your chosen race you will know when to get started on this as you will need the population to get the centers and facilities built, but these 7 will make sure no raid causes you any problems once they are on the ground. Once you are used to the tech tree a bit more, aim for the increases to 50+, get the planetary defense increased first if you can then just work up the tree, working the increases into your overall weapons research.
< Message edited by Darkspire -- 6/18/2013 1:37:11 AM >