Let face it, why big ship will always win against a smaller one in DW? Because it is obvious. DW combat system use the rule that favor to bigger ships. A ship that has 2 shield and 4 weapons will always win against a ship that has 1 shield and 2 weapons. Well, unless the smaller one has the best weapons in the game while the bigger one use the early tech.
Then how to make a smaller ship useful? You can't. Unless you put more rule into the game combat system. So here it is, a system that can expand Distant Worlds into a very different, more complex but interesting combat system.
1. More complex radar system
- Like it or not, space combat always happen in BVR area (Beyond Visual Range). Even if you have a big screen like in the enterprise, it still happen in BVR area. And BVR combat always depend on radar and another electronic systems. But also radar or sensor or camera always have the same rule. That it is harder to detect small ship than the bigger one. So here it is, smaller ship has 1 advantage to a bigger one.
2. Electronic Warfare
- And here it is, war is not always about shooting the enemy with gun. Sometimes, you must blind their "eyes", the radar or camera, or other gadget. So here it is, ECM won't only to add a ship defend, but can also blind the enemy ship. This way, you can render a big ship helpless if their visual capability become zero. So with this, you can send a small stealthy growler to blind the enemy's strongest ship before your force come into contact. Another winning strategy.
- What is stealth? it is not a cloaking device like what Romulan has in Star Trek. It is a system that reduce a jet fighter RCS, thus decrease the detection of an enemy radar. For example, a radar that can detect F-16 from 200 km, can only detect a F-22 from 70 km. So, imagine a small ship with stealth armor and equipped with electronic warfare system come to your fleet base, blind your best, biggest star ship, and then go away, after their fleet come to destroy yours. Or a group of 150 Kton starships with stealth features come to your long range radar station to destroy it before it run away and left you blind. That is a new spectrum of warfare that make DW more interesting.
Yes, you can make a big (300 KT ship and more) ship and put stealth and electronic feature in it. But, it still not perfect as it is big, thus has not the small frame advantage that make it very stealthy.
< Message edited by Brainsucker -- 12/22/2013 6:39:56 AM >