How do I stop my civilian run freighters from repeatedly entering hostile systems and getting blown away? Several times the same freighter enters, is attacked by pirates, successfully escapes and heads right back in. I don't want civy pilots with suicidal wishes - is there a way to 'guide' them? Thanks all.
With your problem with private freighters being destroyed by enemy ships, instead of trying to work out how to keep the freighters away from enemy systems you need to work out how to get freighters to survive an attack.
First thing to do is to make sure the stance of the freighters is to flee when encountering enemy ships.... Enemy ship detected... Let's get out of here. If you don't have the stance set at flee the freighters will stay around.
You also need to make sure the freighters are not armed or they will classed as military ships... You don't want that.
Add more armor and shields if possible to help when attacked...
Increase your maximum speed so the freighters can get away faster.
Also make sure your jump drives will activate faster so your ships aren't waiting around for the jump to kick in.
The trick is to get them to escape when enemy detected, have more defences if attacked... And a quicker activating jump drive.
Thank you for advice. All sound basics.
Was w/ starting warp tech - not warp bubble - next tier.
Freighters stance IS ALWAYS set to flee upon sighting hostiles. They flee, when outside system, head right back in. Rinse, repeat. Did same thing years ago when Return of S.. came out.
Freighters are NOT armed. I never arm them.
Always put max thrusters on them, max speed possible. Tend to go with max armor - as more shields sap energy. Using only drive I have, the galaxy - whatever. When I max the research on that drive I add the one with the quickest jump time. I also push research of the better caselon fission power source - smaller, more efficcient, increases ship speed, range yada, without adding more fuel cells or engines. However, thats future, still at baci (post bubble) tech.
Your last sentence sums up my approach as well. Thanks for replying. I still wish the government / military could issue 'avoid this system alerts. Welcome to the forbidden zone :)
Do as you would be done by.