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  1. I am waiting to see what kind of territory control mechanics (including space control mechanics) and electronic warfare systems are added to the game before making any judgments. If this civilization building game turns out to be just a pvp arena then it will fail. If builder types cannot create a mostly secure environment for themselves then most builders will leave and most "pvpers" will then leave because they no longer have no easy pickings at the edges of civilization.

  2. What will make or break this game is the high level game design surrounding PvP and territory control. This will have deep roots in the code and so it should be discussed now.


    Having all or nothing battles requiring timers breaks immersion and unbalances the game by giving too much emphasis to raw military force relative to economic and diplomatic power (soft power). A PvP specialized guild should be on equal terms with an equally large guild specializing in soft power. The soft power guild needs to be able to rebuild its defenses as quickly as they are destroyed and be able to get resupplied using its own traders and those of its friends.


    Distributed defenses are networked and multilayered defenses where a central fort has many outlying guard posts which need to be destroyed before the main fort or settlement can be reached. Such defenses involve not only outposts but the links which connect the outposts together for reinforcement and resupply. This would have to be for both space and planet based assets. Taking down the outposts of a decent size guild should require several days if not being actively rebuilt. Think of the modern Iraq wars for real life examples. Iraq had such a multilayered defense network which took some time to take down before the final assault.


  3. You are not the only one. Game has developed network issues with all the new players starting Friday so I think they are limiting player numbers. While I think some hot patches were put in over the weekend a true  fix will not come until later in the work week. Still, the devs need to get in the habit of telling us what is happening instead of letting us guess.

  4. If we have proximity sensors, collision detection, and engines which are linked then we will have AI programming for constructs. So in order to avoid battle fleets of robotic ships the game needs to limit such free construct programming to claimed territories.


    Simple AI is not difficult to implement. Fortunately, LUA code line limits will prevent any really intelligent AI.

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