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Starfleet Commander => Original Universe => Topic started by: 2$Bill on April 13, 2010, 03:49:37 AM

Title: the houdini
Post by: 2$Bill on April 13, 2010, 03:49:37 AM
I love this little manuver.  No it's not where you spit on the girls back.  It's where you take a few thousand probes and clear the resources off of a planet that is being attacked.  Then at the last min you FRS and when they do a followup probe, the ships are still there but everything else is gone.  I am doing one right now.
Title: Re: the houdini
Post by: NerdRage on April 13, 2010, 03:55:14 AM
that just sounds retarded

a few thousand probes?...seriously...

the whole thing just seems stupid....

just FRS 10 seconds before the attack lands...no muss, no fuss...

ezmode
Title: Re: the houdini
Post by: 2$Bill on April 13, 2010, 04:00:10 AM
i don't take this that seriously.  this game is more entertaining this way
Title: Re: the houdini
Post by: SGS 6 on April 13, 2010, 04:10:57 AM
I did something kinda similar the other day... I needed about 1500 more ore on one of my colonies, to start the next building, so I did two round-trip transports with 185 probes...
Title: Re: the houdini
Post by: NerdRage on April 13, 2010, 05:04:10 AM
don't get me wrong...i'm all about quick turn around...

but thousands of probes...?

seriously?
Title: Re: the houdini
Post by: Vastet on April 13, 2010, 05:04:47 AM
I've used a swarm of probes to move small amounts of res very quickly myself. It only takes a minute to gather them all in one spot. And even 500 can move a few k res in minutes. Not practical for massive amounts of res though.
Title: Re: the houdini
Post by: Archon on April 13, 2010, 05:27:12 AM
Quote from: "NerdRage"
don't get me wrong...i'm all about quick turn around...

but thousands of probes...?

seriously?

No! In fact, there's nothing "serious" about this maneuver at all!   :)
 If it's serious, you've missed the idea; It's just a pointless (and rarely, but maybe even costless) way to amuse yourself and confuse some dude who's watching you, thinking you are his prey.  :roll: (BTW, isn't that a big part in the point of this game???)
Title: Re: the houdini
Post by: Aaria.moon on April 13, 2010, 05:56:58 AM
You can transfer 12M with hercs or 7.2M res an hour with atlas or 2.5M with probes.

I think having 30k probes would be pretty cool though :P Would suck though 2 million hydro for the probes and only 65k for the atlas :P
Title: Re: the houdini
Post by: NerdRage on April 13, 2010, 06:15:41 AM
it just seems like a massive waste...

and dumb

as for personal amusement...

there's a reason why i posted that minor rant of a hate mail...

it makes me gigglesnort

specially when he ranted about how its just a video game...that he's busy ranting at me about

oh the lulz
Title: Re: the houdini
Post by: 2$Bill on April 13, 2010, 10:37:13 AM
that many probes also comes in handy on the counter espy, as ship count comes into play on interceptions.
Title: Re: the houdini
Post by: A_Malott on April 13, 2010, 10:41:29 AM
I usually keep about 1-2k probes, I would have more but I like to add them to my fodder in attacks.  They are very handy for transporting resources in system because each probe can transport ~4.8 rez per trip in a ~35 second trip.
Title: Re: the houdini
Post by: poeticmotion on April 13, 2010, 12:07:14 PM
I prefer to shut my mines down and fs with a few seconds to go. Time it right, and the planet's ore production on its own leaves them 1 ore.

It's like leaving only a penny to your waiter. It's more insulting than stiffing them entirely. Someone burns through godawful amounts of hydro to catch me and gets 1 ore. :D

Especially if it's one of my defended worlds and I grab the debris.
Title: Re: the houdini
Post by: 2$Bill on April 13, 2010, 01:04:48 PM
I actually had a moon shot work out about 10 min from his attack landing so i turned the hydro synth on for a min to give him a hydrogen.  A little bit of bubbly to celebrate i figured.  He did send 40 hades and 40 posiedons, so i figured he was entitled to a door prize.