1. Is there a way to tell the exact coordinates of a ship? This would
help me immensely
to try and get everything into formation.
There is no way to get the exact coordinates of the ship. However, you
can use the short range sensors to figure out what ship is where in your
formation. This is how I find out if my ships are in a formation and how
close or far away each ship is from the rear or leading attack elements.
2. Will the v-formation I'm describing work well for shooting down the
Hard to say. There are a lot of random elements in STFC such as enemy
formation, what style of attack the enemy will choose, whatever. In one
game that formation you described will work well. In antoerh game that
same strategy or technique will fail miserably. You will never know what
trick or tricks the enemy has up their sleaves.
Here is a case in point. One time I gathered all my ships at Earth
Station McKinley. Then, I launched them into Klingon space. The Klingons
ameet me head on and and blasted all five Klingon ships into dust and
lost no ships in the encounter. I thought I was doing pretty good,
patted myself on the back for a job well done, and thought i could head
back tot he station for resupplies. No such luck. The Romulans sprang an
attack from my rear and blew away two ships before I knew they were
there. I was low on firepower so I was basically throwing what i could
at them to try and escape. No Such luck. They were fresh, my ships were
not, and I lost everything except the Defiant in that Romulan attack. It
then became a very difficult challenge using the Defiant to perform hit
and run attacks to even the score. I took several enemies with me before
i was finally over run.
The moral of the story is I started out with a grand strategy. It was
working well until the Romulans pulled a fast one on me. I hadn't
expected an all out attack on my rear flank. I figured based on passed
experience, and having written the enemy AI, that the Romulans would try
and take out the stations while they were undeffended. I wasn't
expecting the AI to come up with such a briliant counter strategy. It
does that some times and it amazes even me.Rule of thumb watch out for
the unexpected to happen from time to time.
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