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This article refers to a tactic which only works with the original host

From: Dacian Hantig Date: Sat, Oct 4 2003 2:55 am Groups: alt.games.vga-planets

Hello guys,

Since I received several posts regarding this matter I think it's time to play my cards.

What is this all about?

I found a post that says something about the Sacrificial Lamb tactic and I replied that I found a way to tow ships to my wolf packs and get to the destination fuel less (with my tower). That involves no fighting and the enemy can do nothing except jettison all the cargo/fighters/torps/money after he realizes he's going to be robbed.

Some of you will say that they used this tactic before, but there COULD be changes in cargo, so the normal tow can end up with >=1 kt of fuel on the tower OR the tower will get short with >=1 lys to the waypoint. This leads to the Sacrificial Lamb tactic or to luck. My method does not involve ANY luck (except, of course, the risk of hitting a mine during the tow or by "meeting" one of those towing conflicts ) and is 100% accurate (I tested all the distances using the latest THost 3.22.047).

Ok, I think it's time to present the idea :)

Any privateer player will "visit" enemy's planets to see what is there (but this tactic can be used in deep space as well). Use (if possible) low ID ships, so that you won't "experience" a towing conflict if there are many enemy ships (what could be a towing conflict is not the intent of this article, and can be found on Donovan's site). After you "see" the prize, look into the table below: Is it a cloaker? Damn! :) Forget about it :) The towing distance vary? Damn. Use another tactic to steal the ship :( There are ONLY 11 (Hope I counted them right :)) ship types that cannot be stolen using this tactic The towing distance is 4 lys (The ship is a beautiful Biocide :) )? Drop all your fuel from the tower except 1 kt - doesn't matter the rest of the cargo) and tow the Biocide 4 lys (exactly 4 lys) to the South (180 degrees), North (0 degrees), East (90 degrees) or West (270 degrees). Don't try other angles. Now, your client will probably tell you that the ship has not enough fuel to get there by towing the Biocide. Forget this! You WILL get there, I assure you. Now get with your wolfpack to the destination (in advance) and the next turn ROB, ROB ROB it blind :) However, be aware, that the Biocide can "feel" that its days are now over and the next turn will jettison all his fuel, so leave some fuel (10 kt will do) on the robbing ships and be sure to have 100+ kt on the tow-capturing ship (that Biocide is HEAVY and will dry your fuel tank when moved large distances), so that they won't be fuel less by moving a few lys. Any Privateer should take this case into consideration.

ONLY gravitonic ships count (so use for this tactic only the following ships from the standard ship list: BR4, BR5 or MBR); for other cloakers or ships (as towers) it is another matter.

ANY type of gravitonic ship can be used as tower BR4, BR5 or MBR equipped with at least one beam (What sane Privateer player would build a gravitonic without beams? ;)), having W9 as engines and having ANY cargo - except the fuel tank which must be only 1 kt of fuel (don't worry, those little gravitonic ships won't be able to carry much :)).

Also this tactic is useless to tow Cloaking ships (except the cases when these ships cannot cloak: due to lack of fuel or damaged).

Hereafter is the table with all the data needed.

I know the text-only version is not good-looking :) (I didn't have time to play with special table-border characters). I have the original Excel sheet. Donovan are you interested into publishing it to your site. I didn't included this Excel as attachment since it is a little big (has colors :)).

Exemplification

Ship "Super Transport Freighter" has associated the distance of 10 lys, but is marked with "..8" (or red color for Excel version) because there is a Dangerous variation of distance till 8 lys. That means that the towing could end anywhere between 8 lys and 10 lys distance (depending on the weight of the tower and of the Super AFTER the turn is done) Ship "Gorbie Class Battlecarrier" has associated the distance of 4 lys. That means any gravitonic can tow this behemoth 4 lys by having only 1 kt of fuel and arriving fuel less at the destination (doesn't matter how much the Gorbie is loaded). Ship "Dark Wing Class Battleship" has associated the distance of 4 lys, BUT this is marked with *(or yellow color for Excel version), that means the ship can cloak immediately after you seen it, so you can't rob even if you're able to tow it to the destination. Avoiding using this tactic against cloaking ships (except against poor opponents :) ).

Legend

.. X The tow may not finish on the intended destination. This depends on the weight of the tower and towed and renders this tactic useless against this type of hull * The ship is able to cloak, so this tactic is of no use against this ship (except the cases when the ship cannot cloak: damage or no more fuel)

Ship name Distance to Tow in lys Dangerous Variations in lys

Gorbie Class Battlecarrier 4
Annihilation Cls Battleship 4
Merlin Class Alchemy Ship 4
Biocide Class Carrier 4
Golem Class Baseship 4
Neutronic Refinery Ship 4
Nova Class Super-Dreadnought 4
Rush Class Heavy Carrier 4
Virgo Class Battlestar 4
Automa Class Baseship 4
Dark Wing Class Battleship 4 *
Diamond Flame Cls Battleship 5
Victorious Class Battleship 5
T-Rex Class Battleship 5
Missouri Class Battleship 5
Instrumentality Cls Baseship 6
Cybernaut Class Baseship 7
Madonnzila Class Carrier 7
Crystal Thunder Cls Carrier 7
Scorpius Class Light Carrier 7
Ill Wind Cls Battlecruiser 7
Super Star Cruiser 7
Pawn Class Baseship 7
Super Star Carrier 7
Super Star Destroyer 7
Bloodfang Class Carrier 8
Diplomacy Class Cruiser 9
Emerald Class Battlecruiser 9
Resolute Cls Battlecruiser 9 *
Valiant Wind Class Carrier 9
D7 Coldpain Class Cruiser 10 *
Kittyhawk Class Carrier 10
Moscow Class Star Escort 10
Thor Class Frigate 10
D7a Painmaker Class Cruiser 10
H-Ross Class Light Carrier 10
Nebula Class Cruiser 10
Lizard Class Cruiser 10 *
Super Transport Freighter 10 .. 8
Tranquility Class Cruiser 10
Onyx Class Frigate 11
Saber Class Frigate 11
Arkham Class Frigate 11
Fearless Wing Cruiser 11 *
Iron Lady Class Frigate 11
Skyfire Class Cruiser 11
Super Star Frigate 11
Gemini Class Transport 11
Lady Royale Class Cruiser 13
Large Deep Space Freighter 13 .. 12
Quietus Class Cruiser 13
Banshee Class Destroyer 13
Cat's Paw Class Destroyer 13
Firecloud Class Cruiser 13
Ruby Class Light Cruiser 13
Saurian Cls Light Cruiser 13 *
White Falcon Class Cruiser 13 *
Cobol Class Research Cruiser 14
Deth Specula Class Frigate 14 *
Loki Class Destroyer 14
Dwarfstar Class Transport 14 *
Sage Class Frigate 14
Vendetta Class Frigate 14
Sagittarius Class Transport 14
D19b Nefarious Cls Destroyer 15
Taurus Class Scout 15
Brynhild Class Escort 15
Cygnus Class Destroyer 15
D3 Thorn Class Destroyer 15 *
Meteor Cls Blockade Runner 15 *
Nocturne Class Destroyer 15
Patriot Class Light Carrier 15
Sky Garnet Class Destroyer 15
B222 Destroyer 16
Bright Heart Cls Destroyer 16 *
Guardian Class Destroyer 16
Q Tanker 16
Little Pest Class Escort 17
Outrider Class Scout 17
Red Wind Class Carrier 17 *
Aries Class Transport 17
Armored Transport 19
Opal Class Torpedo Boat 19
Little Joe Class Escort 19
RU25 Gunboat 19
Topaz Class Gunboat 19
Iron Slave Class Baseship 19
Medium Deep Space Freighter 19
Reptile Class Destroyer 19 *
BR5 Kaye Cls Torpedo Boat 21 *
BR4 Class Gunship 21 *
Serpent Class Escort 21
Watcher Class Scout 24 .. 23
Swift Heart Class Scout 24 *
Mig Class Scout 27 .. 23
B41 Explorer 27 .. 20
Eros Class Research Vessel 27
Bohemian Class Survey Ship 27
B200 Class Probe 27
Deep Space Scout 27 .. 15
Falcon Class Escort 27 .. 23
Small Deep Space Freighter 27 .. 23
Small Transport 27 .. 23
PL21 Probe 30 .. 27
Neutronic Fuel Carrier 34 .. 9

Have fun, Privateers ;-) Dacian Hantig (Dacus)

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