.com.unity Forums
  The Official e-Store of Shrapnel Games

This Month's Specials

Bronze - Save $8.00
winSPMBT: Main Battle Tank - Save $6.00

   







Go Back   .com.unity Forums > Ibology > Approaching Infinity
Notices


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old January 23rd, 2015, 10:58 PM

Dubious Dubious is offline
Corporal
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Lansing, MI, USA
Posts: 118
Thanks: 88
Thanked 30 Times in 20 Posts
Dubious is on a distinguished road
Lightbulb Most helpful skills?

Now that there has been some time to get a better feel for the game (and even win it by some non-beta players), what are people finding to be their preferred "Captain" skills in the early game, and why?

I find "Shuttle Ace" extremely helpful in the beginning, because it gives you a random LZ every time you touchdown on a planet. Without it, many areas are not accessible unless you have lots of Away-Team enablers like "Water Walkers" or "Mountain Climbers".

I also like "Warp Specialist" because it reduces the remaining "cool down" of the drive after warp (by 23 turns in my case with a basic RNG:1 CD:75 drive).

-Dubious-
__________________
All sources are dubious until their reliabilty has been repeatedly proven. Even then their information should be independently verified.
- The unwritten spooks handbook
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Dubious For This Useful Post:
  #2  
Old January 24th, 2015, 05:36 AM
Tim Brooks's Avatar

Tim Brooks Tim Brooks is offline
Major
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Cary, NC, USA
Posts: 1,022
Thanks: 26
Thanked 191 Times in 69 Posts
Tim Brooks is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Most helpful skills?

I used to always go for Targeting, thinking better skills in fighting would be helpful. But now I always go for Shuttle Ace for the same reason you do.
__________________
Tim Brooks
Shrapnel Games
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Tim Brooks For This Useful Post:
  #3  
Old January 24th, 2015, 08:51 AM

JimSB JimSB is offline
Corporal
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 55
Thanks: 0
Thanked 25 Times in 10 Posts
JimSB is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Most helpful skills?

In the early levels, I have found the most useful skills to be field medic and damage control (its a game and my captain often goes out with the away team early). FM allows your away team to survive the slings and arrows of outrageous combat much more often, and DC heals the hull. After you get going, an engineer or engineers with the combination of "Build it Better 3" and "Efficient Construction 3" along with lots of crafting parts will give you the ability not to get some kick-butt weapons (one of my favorite away team sidearms is a plasma mini-gun, range 10, adjacent 7+, damage 200+ - it can clear the eyeballs and bashers), empty your cargo hold of all but the most essential equipment and build what you need "on the fly", and also get tons of cash when you need it (crafting good reactors gets about 500K credits in the pawn shops). Most of the other skills are duplicated by a device, but the crafting skills are not.
Reply With Quote
The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to JimSB For This Useful Post:
  #4  
Old January 24th, 2015, 09:55 PM

OrionM42 OrionM42 is offline
Private
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 24
Thanks: 30
Thanked 31 Times in 16 Posts
OrionM42 is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Most helpful skills?

Still learning -- I have been playing for about 10 days. For the present, I prefer my Captain to be of the Science Officer class, with a starting skill of Ship's Surgeon. Obviously the Ship's Surgeon skill increases the survival chance of Away Teams; but it does so without requiring the Captain/Surgeon to accompany the Away Teams. As a result, I can choose another officer (usually from the Tactical Officer class) to be my Away Team leader. Choosing a Captain from the Science Officer class also dovetails well, with my usual choice of an Explorer class ship, to be my starting vessel. Other early promotions that I typically seek for my Science Officer class Captain are Researcher and Analyst.

Last edited by OrionM42; January 24th, 2015 at 10:05 PM..
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to OrionM42 For This Useful Post:
  #5  
Old January 25th, 2015, 01:43 AM
zircher's Avatar

zircher zircher is offline
Sergeant
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Oklahoma, USA
Posts: 216
Thanks: 4
Thanked 16 Times in 11 Posts
zircher is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Most helpful skills?

I subscribe to the JimSB plan of Field Medic Captain and craft mastery. :-)
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to zircher For This Useful Post:
  #6  
Old January 25th, 2015, 03:26 AM

Dubious Dubious is offline
Corporal
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Lansing, MI, USA
Posts: 118
Thanks: 88
Thanked 30 Times in 20 Posts
Dubious is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Most helpful skills?

Quote:
Originally Posted by zircher View Post
I subscribe to the JimSB plan of Field Medic Captain and craft mastery. :-)
I note both of you have either finished or are deep into the game sectors. It seems to me that Crafting skills are more likely to be useful in mid to late game, when you have had the chance to accumulate sub-components. Can you recall how early in the game you were able to craft anything useful?

-Dubious-
__________________
All sources are dubious until their reliabilty has been repeatedly proven. Even then their information should be independently verified.
- The unwritten spooks handbook
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old January 25th, 2015, 05:34 AM
Tim Brooks's Avatar

Tim Brooks Tim Brooks is offline
Major
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Cary, NC, USA
Posts: 1,022
Thanks: 26
Thanked 191 Times in 69 Posts
Tim Brooks is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Most helpful skills?

Quote:
Originally Posted by JimSB View Post
In the early levels, I have found the most useful skills to be field medic and damage control (its a game and my captain often goes out with the away team early). FM allows your away team to survive the slings and arrows of outrageous combat much more often, and DC heals the hull.
Field Medic would be an excellent choice if you are willing to risk your captain. I really like this skill and always promote a science officer to this skill. However, I play loose with my away teams and sending out my captain just ends in a loss when my away team dies.
__________________
Tim Brooks
Shrapnel Games
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Tim Brooks For This Useful Post:
  #8  
Old January 25th, 2015, 09:11 PM
Cyberis's Avatar

Cyberis Cyberis is offline
Corporal
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Earth, USA
Posts: 83
Thanks: 34
Thanked 53 Times in 21 Posts
Cyberis is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Most helpful skills?

I really like "Shuttle Ace" and make that my Captain's initial skill. I also like the Cargo Specialist skill so I can get major cargo space in a Light Explorer ship. I haven't had good results with crafting yet but I have put some points in Build It Better. I should probably work more at my crafting skill. Archaeologist doesn't seem to have helped me at all. I like Ship's surgeon too so I don't have to hire so many crew. I'll probably add damage control since hull repairs are still pretty expensive.
__________________
Cyberis AKA "The Manly Geek"

If I can't program it then I will kill it. If I can kill it I will eat it.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Cyberis For This Useful Post:
  #9  
Old January 28th, 2015, 04:31 PM

Waltorious Waltorious is offline
Private
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 25
Thanks: 0
Thanked 27 Times in 10 Posts
Waltorious is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Most helpful skills?

I do long-term planning and start my captain off with one of the crafting skills. Basically I want to get "Build It Better 3" and "Efficient Construction 3" (and even "Crafting Consultant 2") as fast as possible, and I'm willing to spread those skills out over multiple officers. Although note that More than one office with "Efficient Construction" won't stack, which is why it's nice to have the captain get an early start to get the higher levels of one of those.

For crafting, it's also important to disassemble extra equipment rather than selling it, as this will often increase the crew's base crafting skill. Finally had this explained in the manual! If there's a ^ next to the item on the salvage screen, it means it will increase your base crafting level if you salvage it. I was crafting some decent stuff by Sector 10 or so I think, but the really awesome stuff wasn't until I had the officer crafting skills maxed out, which takes longer. It also varies a lot depending on what it is; I had good luck making new space suits and sidearms, but it's a lot harder to craft a good engine and it's often possible to buy better ship weapons than you can craft until you get highly skilled.

Oh also be sure to take the first Tentaculon quest as it gives you a lot of crafting bits for free.
Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Waltorious For This Useful Post:
  #10  
Old January 29th, 2015, 07:49 PM

JimSB JimSB is offline
Corporal
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 55
Thanks: 0
Thanked 25 Times in 10 Posts
JimSB is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Most helpful skills?

In one game I just got an artifact with a "build it cheaper" which did stack with my level 3 engineer. I am now building things with a cost of 1! I had fun crafting a bunch of weapons, shields, etc, essentially for free. Note that I am deep into the game at this point, and trying to figure which of the winning paths I am going to take. I still think crafting ultimately the most useful of the skills.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to JimSB For This Useful Post:
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:30 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1999 - 2017, Shrapnel Games, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.