This comment was mine. (I was active to a small degree on MT forums in 2014-2015 under the name CodyScheer, just registered here)
I think I may have elaborated on this comment in a later survey response, but maybe not. What I want is for towing to be standardized across the game. I could go either way as to how it works; either using the derelict towing rules or flotilla towing rules.
With that being said, I would probably prefer derelict towing rules being the standard as you suggested in your post Ben. This would decrease the average speed of flotilla tows which is a good thing. The vast majority ships would only be able to pull off an S+S move with the addition of a helmsman.
On the flip side, flotilla towing rules being the standard could be kind of fun too. This would of course increase the average speed of derelict tows. This could make a lot of cheap smaller/faster ships viable that aren’t currently. Many of these ships have a good base move but lack the guns/cargo to be a gunship or gold ship. Adding a helmsman to these ships is just spending more build points on a ship that could easily be sunk in one volley. If base move could be used when towing derelicts, these ships could be used to dart in quick and start towing away an enemy derelict while your gunship holds the line. This would be in line with the theme of the game: pirating.
So I could go either way. However, I think the flotilla rules are easier to abuse, so using the derelict towing rule would make the game more balanced overall.
- This reply was modified 3 years, 7 months ago by Scheer.