Author Topic: Keeping units in formation  (Read 774 times)

Offline Sarnian

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Keeping units in formation
« on: November 26, 2010, 06:08:43 PM »
Trying to neutralise the threat of a Mk IV world bordering one of my planets, I decided to follow advice given on one of the forums and send a fleet of about twenty ships (mainly starships with a mobile repair centre) in under cover of two Mk II force fields. I arranged all of the ships under the overlapping force fields, then set everything to formation mode and sent them through the wormhole.

Instead of being able to manage a cohesive formation of ships and concentrate on switching the force fields on and off to allow for repair, my formation decended into chaos the instant it emerged into the enemy system. Each ship seemed to forget about formation and rushed out from cover in a suicidal race to certain destruction. I kept pausing the game and trying to direct seige starships etc back into the force field, but it was like herding cats -as soon as one was brought back into safety (carefully leaving space between units), something else charged off. To add insult to injury, the AI had a minefield around the wormhole and my ships repeatedly moved back and forth until every single mine had been detonated.

I have a couple of questions;

  • How does anyone get this tactic to work -the ships just don't have the discipline to obey orders and stay within the forcefield
  • Shouldn't formation move force ships to keep together regardless of what's going on around them? If it doesn't, it's not much use!

Am I missing something, or should I log this in Mantis please?


Offline Signata

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Re: Keeping units in formation
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2010, 01:38:54 AM »
(a) Send chaff through to detonate mines; a bunch of fighters or other cheap units. These will also soften up any immediate defences.

(b) Immediately send through your main fleet. The chaff will soak up damage as you position your main fleet. Try to focus on moving the FFs instead of the ships. By that I mean leave a pocket in the middle for them, and then move them instead of trying to herd the cats. A larger pocket is required for Spire shield bearers.

(c) Have an Enclave building more chaff for you in the staging planet if you can.

Offline Winter Born

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Re: Keeping units in formation
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2010, 12:37:45 AM »
There are some contol settings that will affect you.

My money is on this setting messing with you:
Auto FRD Military -- sets all mobile military to Free Roaming Defender mode (make sure it is off)

also make sure the formation move toggle is checked so the formation is remembered going through the wormhole.