- Random appeals meant you could get really screwed for reinforcements just by chance. Of the four total losses, each of which was followed by a reinforcements check by the loser, two of the reinforcements rolls came up 1s. Likewise, tech was simply too unlikely to be useful, as were special appeals. The arbitrary nature of special appeals rankled as well.
- Overloaded flotillas were absolute bears to kill.
- High-engine, low-cost striker carriers could launch every game and then evade enemy fire, meaning that guns were largely useless except for shooting down incoming ordinance (or against foes also using guns). That strikers were recovered for free after the game added insult to injury.
- The ability to field the same ships over and over seemed unrealistic.
- The ability to capture only one system per game, and even then only half the time, meant that expansion would be unduly slow.
- Scenarios felt somewhat contrived - the whole point of scenarios, as expressed in Starmada Core, was to give the game a little variety beyond "Last fleet standing." In a campaign system, this is unnecessary - sometimes you will want to run to conserve your forces. Basically, a campaign system does a better job of providing a context to a battle than a scenario could.
And so, without further ado, I give you our Starmada Campaign Rules, V2. It's not written up all pretty-like, but it'll do for a 'working notes' draft.
Kudos to Matt Britton, Tim Vaughan, and Jared Goerner for helping in development (we saw how well solo development worked out last time...). Tim, Matt, and I ran a first playtest turn this last weekend, but Jared was out of town, so we've put it on hold until he gets back (because we really don't want to leave his empire in stasis and have it come back only to face a single, monolithic enemy empire, or to be marginalized on the borders of two much stronger warring states. I think there'd be a lot of opportunity in such a situation, but hey, that's why I'm playing pirate). I'll post a map here post-turn 1 after Jared's run his first turn. I'm also sad to say that it seems unlikely that our other two pirate players, Mark and Alex, will be as able to play as they wished... This is part of what I'm looking to fix in the upgraded pirate rules, but I'm still not sure how I'm going to do it. Suggestions, internet?