Just wanted to write down a few things here, skip over the parts that you already know about or are already covered in another topic.
First of all, I'd like to say this game is coming along quite nicely
. This last months release has seen some great improvements. But here are a few things I've noticed that need looking at.
Enclave of the Mind- I'm not sure if the effect of this structure was SUPPOSED to be accumilative but all you need to do is build 4-5 of these and your research potential goes to the thousands. Kinda like a "cheat" button for researching for players.
The AI is branching out and putting outposts nicely, however that's all it's doing. The AI uses troop ships to take over neutral settlement(it even took over one of mine!). But aside from the initial colony ship you start out with, all the AI does is create outposts on asteroids and gas giants, it doesn't settle any actual new planets.
The combat is what is troubling me right now. When one of your ships is over an enemy settlement, your situation report says "A battle was fought HERE". But the only damage that seems to be done to the planet at all is on the construction value. Not the population or heath or any defenses. Is this supposed to happen?
The new planetary defense is good, but right now its WAY too strong. I'm not sure how combat is resolved at this point and time, but it seems to me that two outposts with a population of 1 and a defense of 5 should NOT be able to wipe out a fleet of 4 ships with 40 HP and 40 shields.
The AI is building ships, ALOT of them in fact. But the problem is that they can't seem to be able to build anything beyond a Mark II. This is because the AI isn't building any new structures yet. The Mark III and IV both take a new hull that takes a new structure to make it from. Can the AI switch out parts yet to use new tech? Maybe a whole slew of new premade ships like the Mark series can be introduced to help this along.
Is there gonna be an "engine" ship part coming soon to help with improve starlane and combat speed? My heavy asteroid ships take forever to get anywhere......
Does stealth effect combat at all? Or is it just something to effect travel on the map screen.
Any feedback would be appreciated.
Thanks for all your work and effort.