Originally posted by Carolus Rex
A question about assessing the combat strength of fleets.
Sometimes I enter a starsystem early on with, say, two battleships. There is only a starbase, yet my two ships are destroyed. On the other hand, whenever an enemy fleet (or a single battleship) enters one of my systems, everything I have is destroyed. Not once have a starbase of mine defeated enemy ships...
Worse, if I have ships in the system they just die too... Only once did I have a defense worth the name... Some race sent in wave after wave of ships and I won all the time, but have no clue why...
In other words, I find the combat system somewhat random and quite hard to predict (I don't play in tactical combat mode).
In Civ 2, the icon of the units reveals some information about attack and defense values. When I see a phalanx, for example, I know it has two as defense value. True, I don't know if it's a veteran or not, but I have a fair notion of its strength.
I've sent in large fleets and they just die. Then I'm wide open and lose the game a couple of turns later. How do you assess whether you have a fair chance of winning in battle in this game?