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Will exploration require escorts?

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8 hours ago, Fizzlefuse said:


Oh man, I'd love to explore a derelict bengal with a few people. I imagine walking around on the massive flightdeck and countless hallways in complete darkness would be the ultimate exploration/salvage mission. Oh boy.

Oh man I didn't even think of a BIG dark spooky ship to explore!! I feel overly excited right now, or maybe just the right amount of excitement for how amazing this will be. I will have to put this on the SC bucket list. 

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14 hours ago, EavrusM said:

Oh man I didn't even think of a BIG dark spooky ship to explore!! I feel overly excited right now, or maybe just the right amount of excitement for how amazing this will be. I will have to put this on the SC bucket list. 

Got to 2nd this. Though exploration won't be my main career, as I believe it will take long hours to find anything interesting, I would love to go and have fun looking for something like that.

 

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On 16-7-2016 at 11:43 AM, FoxChard said:

Nobody will pick on our convoys if there are 50 escort fighters lol.  

It depends... what is the convoy hauling and is it worth the risk for the pirates to attack?
I imagine a convoy with a sh*tload of fighters can justify the costs of everyone's time and fuelcosts.. I mean a convoy like that MUST be carrying something valuable, right? It all depends on what information about said convoy trickled down to the pirates and if they choose to act.

Also, they could just be looking for a good fight. I imagine people using some interresting tactics to draw away the bulk of the escorts to later come in with boarding vessels or whatever.

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Remember, the it all depends on the region of space you are in and if its controlled by the UEE or other Life form. In  my personal opinion think that Exploration ships aka:

-Aquila          -Anvil Carrack

-Terrapin       -Freelancer DUR

-315p          -Reliant Sen

Would be fine as long as the stay in within relative safe areas. Obviously Larger ships such as the carrack and Aquila can go deep deep :) . But real talk, its probably going to be ok with the information we have from streams and forums you will be fine as long as you don't get over swarmed by pirates.

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The beauty and tradgedy that is exploration comes in that unkown. Do you make it to deep space, avoid mass swarms of pirates or hostile orgs and find the riches that are out there waiting to be seen? I for one can't wait to get out there and carve out a notch in the SC history manifests for the things I found, charted, or brought home. Escorts are undoubtably necessary for the protection of certain assets. Far less protection will be available for those taking the plunge into the far depths. I like that challenge!

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My hunch is that escort missions will be a major form of game play.
And there is no reason that it has to be NPC-driven either. 
We can run escort missions within Imperium ourselves.
I think this will be a lot of fun in low security space.

 

 

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I heard that the Carrack is designed to be out in the middle of nowhere for months at a time...if we're able to control a shitload of NPCs  I might try a Carrack with a Gemini and Hammerhead as escorts, so fuel and protection won't be issues.

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