Twenty-fifth Session – The klick keep on coming with bigger and bigger ships; also kroath in the refugee ships board and smack around power armored marines pretty easily. The session summary is short because blow by blow descriptions of combat aren’t all that entertaining, and because I wasn’t there to spice up the conversation.
Whew! Our Lighthouse campaign is up to 25 sessions. And these are long sessions; 6 hours on average. On the main campaign page I have all the back session summaries if you’re not caught up; also up to date character sheets from whichever players bother to send them to me.
We’ve gotten the hang of space battles. So has Paul our GM; he wrote a program to do it all to avoid the “roll 100 times” syndrome of Alternity “Warships” style ship combat. Anyway, here’s the secret. Fire all your missiles immediately. All of them, as many as you can get into the air. That’s it. Beam weapons and other stuff are for feebs (well, ours are, the enemies’ are all more powerful). More wimpier missiles are better than fewer bigger missiles – we had this big deal with getting “zero point” hellacious missiles but they’re worthless, you just wing as many little plasma missiles as you can and get lucky with crits and take out systems. It’s effective, if not really very entertaining. I don’t like the Warships rules; we basically end up never using any of our ship skills! “Oh, you can only use Space Tactics to roll initiative.” “Can I use Defenses or Sensors to do something useful?” “Not really.” I want to like space combat, but Alternity makes it hard to.