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Subject: Questions regarding Research and Plasma Missles rss

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Sascha Heib
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Hi there,

i've got 2 Questions:

1) May Ships be upgraded with as many Plasma Missles as one wishes? Last Game the Research tile for Plasma Missles was only available once. Friend bought it, upgraded his big ships with 6 of them and went all crazy. 2 Ships flying around, having 24 orange dice, before anything else happend. Couldnt do a thing, even 6 Hulls (3 times Improved Hull) didnt hold up against it.

2) May one Research the same technology again? Theres 2 reasons, one would do that: So that other players cant resarch that technology or to get (more) VP. It changes the feeling of the game a bit. The last, ninth round is all about "lets reasearch all them cheap technologys over and over again". e.g. friend ended up with 4 neutron bombs. Felt... i dont know... "cheap".

Im looking forward on clarification. Thanks a lot in advance

Greetings,
Sascha
 
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Mikko Saari
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1) Yes, that is legal. That was bad, but how much can just two ships do anyway? Build Interceptors and go around the big ships.

2) No, you can only research each technology once.
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Radosław Michalak
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The only limit is power consumption and number of tiles for ship (+ required drive).
6 missiles + power + drive = hit only on 6 + automatic lose if any ship survive missiles attack.

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Rules explicitly forbids buying the same technology twice!
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Sascha Heib
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Thanks a lot!

(Wasnt only 2 ships. He did quite a good job defending himself with starbases with 1 plasma missle and 3 +1 Computers)
 
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NemesisWhip wrote:
Last Game the Research tile for Plasma Missles was only available once. Friend bought it, upgraded his big ships with 6 of them and went all crazy. 2 Ships flying around, having 24 orange dice, before anything else happend. Couldnt do a thing, even 6 Hulls (3 times Improved Hull) didnt hold up against it.


Hopefully he didn't cover the dread's only drive? (That would be illegal.) If not, then unless he was Orion (or Eridani with Axion Computer) he couldn't have been powering any computers, meaning 6 missile tiles would only hit for 4 damage on average (per firing dread.) That's generally not a huge problem or a very efficient way to run missile ships (unless it's a desperate attempt to get around enemy shields by firing in bulk.)

The problems with missiles tend to arise when they're powering multiple Gluon Computers along with the missiles. Tons of improved hulls, shields + improved hulls, swarming to break pinning, and other strategies can be used to mitigate missile strength. They're still a bit overpowered but only a bit... most of the problem comes from inexperience.
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