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Title: Slashing Beams
Post by: Vellos0x1 on October 24, 2017, 07:52:11 am
I don't really get slashing beams actual purpose. Like it deal a lot less damage than non-slashing beam, and sometimes it even misses the target completely.
Title: Re: Slashing Beams
Post by: Spoon on October 24, 2017, 08:08:32 am
They look cool
Title: Re: Slashing Beams
Post by: Commander Zane on October 24, 2017, 08:10:55 am
They tend to have a higher cycling rate than direct beams and because they move across the hull it's much more likely that subsystems are destroyed.

They look cool
This too.
Title: Re: Slashing Beams
Post by: Kie99 on October 24, 2017, 10:48:09 am
Much more chance of wiping out unfortunate fighters.
Title: Re: Slashing Beams
Post by: Mito [PL] on October 24, 2017, 05:56:56 pm
One could make an in-lore explanation of why both slash and direct-fire beams are present. For example, slash beams may be cheaper and easier to construct and maintain, have less space, energy and targeting requirements, they can be far less susceptible against EWAR attacks (in BP: WiH beam jamming doesn't affect slash beams in some cases), or they can be utilised to deplete large fields of active armor on enemy warships in order to soften them against subsequent slashes or bomber strikes...
Slash beams could even be just one of two modes (second being direct-fire) of a beam cannon, profiting from one of the above.

They are present in the game because a)
They look cool
b) they are a kinda big reason for the player not to get between fighting warships,
c) capship weapon balance - a certain warship might have a bit weaker beam cannon than other ones and player has to take it into consideration when prioritising his targets, but it would be hard to distinguish between 7 sizes of a beam, all the same color. When you see a slash beam you automatically think "It's weaker than the direct-fire beam, better take care of that other one first.". Right?
Title: Re: Slashing Beams
Post by: Trivial Psychic on October 25, 2017, 01:02:57 am
Slash beams do have a greater chance of causing more subsystem damage than direct fire beams.  Direct fire only causes damage to one subsystem per shot, while slashers can damage many subsystems in a single slash.
Title: Re: Slashing Beams
Post by: Colonol Dekker on October 25, 2017, 01:15:29 am
They could be designed for orbital bombardment like.   Makes sense to me that it'd raze more ground per "volley"/"salvo".