Ships & Classes
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Introduction[edit | edit source]
Starpoint Gemini 2 possesses all kinds of starships, from tiny gunships to mighty Titans. Ships can be customized however you desire, and some of them are able to cloak as well. Any ship that's larger than a fighter can be flown by the player.
There's 83 ships to choose from, and everything can be flown by you, except for the fighters.
|Fighters||Fighters cannot be directly controlled in the game. They are controlled by the AI, or are directed by the player commands.|
|Gunships||Smallest playable ships, fast and agile with the basic weapon systems. It is a favorite among beginner space-farers.|
|Corvettes||Common upgrade of the Gunships, small enough to be agile, large enough to carry a decent firepower. Ideal for security patrols.|
|Frigates||Powerful ships that can take quite the beating. They are very frequent in both security detachments of companies and militaries in Gemini.|
|Destroyers||Good firepower, frequently of the heavy weapon kind, and reasonable speed and maneuverability make this class the ideal capital ship killer.|
|Cruisers||Cruisers are capable of sustaining, but also dealing heavy damage. This class excels at long distance patrols and larger fleet battles.|
|Battleships||Together with the cruiser class, the battleship class is the most standard part of any Gemini war fleet.|
|Dreadnoughts||Great, you have a Dreadnought. What are you waiting for, go destroy something.|
|Carriers||As their name suggests, Carriers rely on swarms of their AI fighters to wreck havoc across the battlefield.|
|Freighters||Basic ships for players who like to focus on Economy and Mining. Freighters are most common non-military vessels used for cargo transport and trade.|
|Freightliners||Freighters on steroids, with enough cargo space to grind whole Asteroid fields to dust and carry their ore to markets.|
|Titans||As indicated by their name, Titans are the largest ships available - up to 2 times larger than the largest ships in Gemini.|
Ship Customization[edit | edit source]
Main Article: Weapons, equipment and enhancements
This section covers the basic aspects used to upgrade and customize your ship - primary components, weapons, equipment and enhancements. Check out the separate article which holds additional information about every item, weapon and upgrade in the game. You can only upgrade your ship on stations and planets. Use the Drydock panel to make the wanted changes. Primary systems (Power core, Shield generator, Propulsion…) can only be enhanced, not changed for a completely different system. Light weapons, heavy weapons and fighter crafts are a different matter. You can both switch them for a different weapon/craft and enhance them with the various enhancements on offer. Use Beams to melt down the shields and Rail Guns or Rocket Launchers to grind down the hull. You can already use more than 150 different weapon systems, ranging from light weapons such as rail guns, lasers to powerful rocket launchers that can easily force their way through the enemy's hull. On top of that, each system can be upgraded even further to increase their rate of fire, recharge rate, damage, range and so on. With the advanced skills and perks system (which is still being developed), the level of your ship's customization becomes infinite.
Remember that you can't obtain all ships from your starting HQ, nor that you can buy every single ship. Gemini system is filled with powerful factions, with some of them focused on the ship manufacturing. Naturally, these factions will sell unique ships, for the right price. Explore the map to find these factions and their shipyards.
Weapons[edit | edit source]
You will be able to equip more than 150 different weapon systems, organized in two main groups - Light and Heavy weapons. Light weapons have infinite ammo, but need energy to fire. Energy is a resource that regenerates quickly over time and can be affected by several modifiers - skills, equipment and so on. Heavy weapons need ammo, so be aware of that fact during the longer battles. Some of them might last for 20 or even 30 minutes, so make sure you are smart about spending your expensive ammo. Over 100 types of Light weapons are categorized as Rail Guns, Lasers (beams) and Plasma. Heavy weapons are, well - heavy weapons. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. More info can be found in the main article about ship customization.
Primary Components[edit | edit source]
Most of the primary components can not be replaced. All ships need Power Cores, Sensors, Shields Generators and so on. However, you will be able to upgrade those components with enhancements which will affect their balance and increase their regeneration rate, range, area of coverage and so on. More info can be found in the main article about ship customization.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
Equipment can be purchased on stations and planets or salvaged. Every equipment has a limited number of charges. When all charges are spent, the equipment disappears from inventory. Equipment is not calculated into the Cargo hold capacity, but has a separate inventory (also limited). Equipment can be placed into the equipment quick bar for faster use. More info can be found in the main article about ship customization.
Enhancements[edit | edit source]
Enhancements are special add-ons installed directly into system slots and they are linked to the slot. Replacing a weapon on a weapon battery does not remove or replace any existing Enhancements on the battery. Every system slot can sustain only one Enhancement, but the installed Enhancement can be replaced at any time. A special attribute of Enhancements is “Manufacturer”. This shows what faction produced/created/thought of it. This is important since some Enhancements are only available when player is in good standing with a faction. More info can be found in the main article about ship customization.
Buying a New Ship[edit | edit source]
Use the Shipyard panel on stations and planets to buy new ships. You can control only ONE ship at any given time, so when buying new ships, you’re actually exchanging your existing ship for a new one. A portion of the value of your current ship is calculated in the transaction.
You can also purchase a ship directly into your garage, if you have an empty garage slot. This will deduct the full price from your Credit account and store the new ship directly in your Garage, while you remain in command of your current ship.
When you reach a high enough Rank, you will be able to hire additional mercenaries to travel with you as your fleet. You cannot influence how those ships will be outfitted. Their captains take care of them themselves.
Assemble a Fleet[edit | edit source]
The player has the ability to command a fleet of up to 2 additional ships. These ships can be hired on stations and planets, and must be paid salaries on a monthly basis. The ships and crews in the player’s fleet match the player’s experience level and improve with the player (both in ship upgrades and skills).
The player is not able to hire additional crews from the very beginning. That ability is gained with higher ranks. Also, the player can only hire a ship if that ship’s captain is of lower rank than the player. Example: If player is of rank "Commodore" (Level 50-54), he can only hire captains of rank "Captain" (45-49) or lower.
A hired captain’s skill improvement is limited by his Rank, which unlike experience levels and overall ship status, does not level-up with the player. The hired captain’s Rank is also an important factor in his pricing.
Reputation[edit | edit source]
It is important for the player to watch his Reputation with Gemini's factions. Their behavior towards him/her depends on it. A better reputation with a faction can unlock special options and bonuses.
Your Reputation is represented by a single progress bar, spanning from -2500 to +2500 points, with the player normally starting on an even 0.
The two opposite sides of the bar represent two distinct alignments: Lawful and Outlaw, with Outlaw factions belonging to the negative side and the Lawful on the positive side of the bar. As the player progresses to the negative side, he/she'll get a better standing with the Outlaw factions. Same goes for the lawful factions, only on the positive side.
Behavior of every individual faction depends on that reputation bar and specific points on it. The following example will show behavior dependency on the Reputation for Korkyra and the Rogues.
Korkyra will act friendly towards the player when player’s Reputation is at +2000 points and over. When the player’s Reputation drops below -1000 points, the Korkyran ships will attack the player on sight. Any value in between those two, the player's relationship with Korkyra will be neutral. The Rogues, on the other hand will act friendly when player’s Reputation drops below -2450 points, and they will attack him on sight when it crosses over +150 points.
As it can be seen from the above example, it's not possible to have a good standing with all factions. There are variations, but the basic idea is the player chooses to be either lawful or outlaw.
More parameters are taken into account, but this sketch is the simplified version, suited to explain the basic principles.