As you develop technology you will want to design new ships to
take advantage of the advanced weapons, force fields, computers,
and engines that you have developed. Only six designs can be in
commission at one time, and you may have to scrap other ships to
make room for the new designs.
Technology is not the only consideration in ship design. Ship size
also limits how many devices can be mounted on the ship and cost
determines how fast the ships can be produced.
In order to change a ship’s equipment, press the mouse on
either the title or name of the item to alter. If the item cannot
be increased in size or power due to space constraints or lack of
technology, it will appear darkened. Once selected, a list of all
available technology will be shown on the screen, with their cost,
space, and power requirements. The total space column shows the
total space requirements for the item including extra engines needed
to power the item. Any item too big to fit on the ship as currently
configured will be darkened.
Ship Name: Each time that you design a new ship
it will have a default name that suits the current ship size and
your race. If you wish to change the name, press the mouse on the
name field and enter the new name.
Ship Size: The size of a starship determines
how many devices can be placed on a ship, how much damage the ship
can take before being destroyed, and how maneuverable the ship is
in combat. Smaller ships are more maneuverable and so are harder
to hit in combat while the larger ships are much easier to hit.
Battle Computers: Battle computers direct all
ship’s fire. The more advanced the battle computer the better
the chance a ship has of hitting an enemy target. In addition, in
combat better battle computers provide faster response time and
improve a ship’s initiative (the order in which ships move
Shields: Force fields are essential to the survival
of a starship. Shields absorb damage from all incoming attacks an
amount equal to their class. For example, Class V shields absorb
5 points of damage from all attacks. Obviously, a superior shield
can make a ship nearly immune to enemy attacks.