Star Traders: Frontiers Update #263: Heavy Rails Apr 22, 2021 12:20:59 GMT -5 strega and exxodus like this
Post by fallen on Apr 22, 2021 12:20:59 GMT -5
Update #263 delivers on some new and devastating railgun platforms to round out the weapon set at level 8, a huge heap of card art for the Salvage, Explorer, Blockade, Spy and Patrol, a new card for the aggressive orbital ops and new enemy carrier AIs in some big, powerful carrier ships.
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We've added 2 new Railguns to round out the class for the late-game. These powerful, level 8 weapons platforms are story-sensitive, just like all of the level 8 weapons, and are not released until the end of the Consolidation or Dissension Eras. However, when they do arrive on the starport shop floor, they are worth a look! The Demon-X Heavy Rail hits with a high Crippling Rate and best-in-class Damage and for a medium weapon it requires a mighty 4 Reactor Points. The Demon-X Fast Rail only demands 3 RP from your void engine in trade for a downgrade in Damage, Craft Hit %, and Crippling Rate it still is a powerful contender as the only level 8 Railgun that can be railed off at 3 RP. Be sure
Card Adds and Revamps
We've added a new negative card for the aggressive orbital operations -- Blockade and Spy -- which can result in loss of Reputation with the local faction. This card mirrors the result you can gain in Patrol for supporting the faction and gaining Rep. It is a great one to knock out with Talents if you're looking to do your work quietly. Looking at you, intergalactic spies.
We've also improved and replaced a ton of visuals across the card set in both Explorer and the entire orbital ops group -- Patrol, Blockade, Spy and Salvage. The new card sets make the game easier to read without checking as much text -- you can now see a large weapon or gear icon when you've got valuable loot appearing in Salvage, etc.
With this update, we've finished the testing and analysis of two new high challenge level faction carriers -- the Javat Mortifor and the De Valtos Dreadnought Battlecarrier. The second is especially kitted out for battle, so beware of De Valtos Bounty Hunters sailing the stars in such a mighty vessel. Or maybe you're also kitted out for battle and you might be looking for that peak Salvage price tag or -- if you're really into making money -- using a Prize Ship Talent to bring that Dreadnought home in one piece and under your banner.
Either way, make sure you're defenses, autocannons or your own craft are primed if you run into either of these in the late-game.
Small Craft Maintenance
The cost to maintain early Class 1 and Class 2 small craft has been reduced with this update. Running a carrier is not a cheap operation, but for those getting their new carriers off the ground in the mid-game, it just got a little more reasonable.
v3.1.53 - 4/22/2021
- New level 8 Railgun: Demon-X Heavy Rail (4AP, High Crippling Hit & Damage)
- New level 8 Railgun: Demon-X Fast Rail (3AP, High Critical Hit & Void)
- New "Reputation Loss" Card introduced for Spy and Blockade
- Added "Mortifor Carrier" Javat Military Officer AI
- Added "Dreadnought Battlecarrier" De Valtos Bounty Hunter AI
- Improved card visuals for Orbital Ops (Spy, Blockade, Patrol, Salvage)
- Improved and revised visuals for Exploration
- Improved visuals for several Orbital Cards, such as "Reputation Bonus"
- Reduced Maintenance Cost for Class 1 and Class 2 Small Craft