Of all the times I have seen ITA attempted, I can honestly say I have not yet seen it result in a better methodology than autoscore. Too much weight is trying to be placed on things that really don't matter which forces people to play they way others think they should be played. Each race has their own strategy(s) that work. What does it matter if a planet is 5 light years away verses 2500 gamewise. I am sure the Borg don't really care. Why reward tech levels if your a carrier race and don't intend to build torpedo tubes on most of your ships.
Yes, autoscore can be manipulated as can any scoring system. The true measure is to allow game to play out long enough to where there is no doubt whom the winner will ultimately be. All scoring systems are cheap substitutes to letting the play determine it.
Don't build the tech levels if you don't want to then, but everybody uses the tech levels on SB's, rather its a maxed out SB vs a single tech10 base used to build low level ships to be recycled later for its parts and PBP's( worthy tactic vs the build junk ships just to clog up the Q). As for distance scores from HW, doesn't matter what race you are playing, you are fighting to control the cluster, rather you do it by ship to ship fighting or if you capture a ship, the Plantes are whats important. Even the Tholian's and Pirates have to take over planets. Rewarding extreme distances is kind of pointless as HYP ships can abuse the crap out of it, or just crossing the seam can do that as well, I was thinking of you(don't take it personal) when others started talking about distances, half your score was on a bogus distance settings. YOU are correct that letting the game run out is THE BEST way to decide things. But I can attest to at least 1 game, where Cherek and I fighting, he was loosing territory like mad had to recyle ships to keep them from getting captured, where he was building more of the little buggers in his inner area. He was the Bot and I was the Tholian and I couldn't catch him score wise, he kept up the PBP's by recycling(the thing to do) and building big ships,and keeping his score up, I was building a few ships, but as the Tholian I prefer to capture the little buggers instead, and only had a few ships for recycling purposes
But with the Doom bonus on, I would have captured the lead or at least came close, He took out 2 races, and I took out 5 races in that game. Planets in control would have played a big difference as well, I controlled almost 3 times the amount of planets, and all Neighboring clusters were mine, my ally had planets on the other side of the seam, so more Points for zone2, zone3, control will reward those that are conquering the cluseter not just blowing other out into space with overpowering, and miss configured CV's. It will force some end to NAP's, that alot of players try to use. Limit the points for zone1 and limit the points for over zone3 as those planets are normally HYP or seam crossing planets. As in the game I reference and there has to be more, the Race with the lead at turn 125+ was NOT the race in command of the game, but had the right race with the right ships, to keep the lead(and thats the way it is)
I wont get into your style of play as it wouldn't be right, you have 1 taught me alot and 2 play in your own style and fashion that should not be aired out, but your style of play is a product of the system, not abuse, but a product of the system, you are used to it, you truely belive there are NO worhtless ships, and can give a good case for every ship, I respect it, I just don't agree with it in some cases. Scoring can be fixed as well as the Ship configurartions.
When you compare Similar ships mass, cargo, fuel capacity, Fighter Bays, Engine slots. To what it takes to build them, things are WAY out of whack, there should be some reasoning to how a ship with 700 or so mass, 10 fighter bays, 10 Beam Slots, 6-8 engine slots, cargo in the 300 range, and fuel capacity over 1500 on the minerals and mineral combo's need to make ships like that.
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