So, playing the demo, I ran into a pirate. I was ill-prepared for the encounter, but it ended in an interesting way that really sold me on the game.
My ship had no countermeasures, or weapons, or… anything other than what it has when you buy it. I’d already made a few lucrative runs from Sagan to Leo, doing some trading, and I wanted to go that one step further into Carruthers’.
When I got there, I had to navigate some very irritating asteroid fields to make it to the space stations, where I found some high-value goods for sale. I decided to hit one last station, across the system. My greed was punished by a pirate. I’d been threatened before with no consequences, and I had a lot of money in my cargo bay, so I ignored him.
Sure enough, I get a torpedo alert. This was my first ever actual combat; I hadn’t even played the scenarios. When it became obvious I couldn’t make it to the station, I turned on EmCon, rotated my ship 90 degrees, turned down my thrust, and burned.
I watched the missile’s heading, and it didn’t change - I figured my ploy had worked. Just before running out of power, I turned the reactor back on, and within 5 seconds the torpedo was changing its heading rapidly.
By now, it was right on top of me. Out of ideas, I decided to try again, only this time without leaving EmCon once my batteries were out.
Once again, it seemed to work. The missile didn’t change heading, but it was still getting closer. Just before running out of juice, the proximity alert for torpedoes started going off. It continued even after I was out of power, which was weird but very engaging.
Eventually, the alert got more urgent, before stopping. Just when I thought I had escaped safely, there was an explosion. So I activated my reactor and got to the station as fast as humanly possible.
Turns out, I didn’t take too much damage - I don’t know even now if my ploy worked, but it was too late to avoid all damage, or if the torpedo saw me at the last minute and made a course correction. Either way, it took out my sensor suite - which means I couldn’t dock at any other stations. I don’t even know how I made it to that one, since I had to reboot my system. The station didn’t sell the parts I needed, so I was forced to cannibalize my comms module to get my sensors working, so I could make it to another port for repairs.
Let me tell you, that was hugely fun and immensely stressful. You guys have certainly delivered on the feeling of tension!
Anyone else have an engaging tale?