Orbital Combat

Orbital combat occurs when an attacking fleet enters the orbit of any planet.

Battle will go roughly in the following order:

  1. Attacking transports drop troops on the surface of defending planet
  2. Ships and troops engage in battle
  3. Attacking Barges attempt to capture mines
  4. On possible withdrawal: Troops are loaded in Transports

All ships fire according to Firing Order Table which you can see below. The lower the firing order, the earlier the ship fires.

SHIPORDER NUMBER
Scout1
Cordova2
Ripper3
Continental4
Transport5
Fortress6
Dominator7
Barge(8)

All ships have designated targets they fire at. Each ship fires only at the ships that are listed in their Targeting Order. All ships - except Barges - have at least three targets.

IS TARGETED BYTARGETS
ShipsScout Cordova Ripper Continental Transport Fortress Dominator Barge
Scout 3 ----- 4 2 ----- 1 ----- -----
Cordova ----- ----- 2 4 ----- ----- 3 1
Ripper 2 3 ----- ----- 1 ----- ----- -----
Continental ----- 2 ----- ----- 3 ----- 1 -----
Transport ----- ----- 1 ----- ----- 3 ----- 2
Fortress ----- 3 ----- 1 ----- ----- 2 4
Dominator 1 ----- ----- ----- 2 3 ----- -----

Here's an example of how this works in practice. Please note that attacking and defending ships fire at the SAME time, as opposed to what was listed before. As we can see from the Targeting Order Table, Scouts fire first. So:

Firing Order 1:

Firing Order 2: ... etc etc.

Note: Multiple fleets attacking the same planet join and fight together against the defender(s). Same applies to multiple fleets defending one planet.

V:27 February 7, 2005, 10:23 pm - Fancy
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