You don't actually get experience by being in an ion storm -- you get experience by flying around & being in combat, etc. That experience can help you survive stronger ion storms, but that's really all it's good for (doesn't help you combat odds or anything else). (Yes Cherek, I will point out that I'm talking about a standard Tim-host game, NOT PHost
These are the main effects of a storm (see Donovan's
for more info):
- Most cloaking system will fail when within any ion storm. The 2 exceptions to this are the Dark Wing & Resolute battleships. This is a definite disadvantage to cloaking races (nothing like an ion storm hovering over your enemy's area, making it impossible to sneak attack!), except for the Birds. Having Resolutes & Dark Wings hiding in an ion storm can be quite effective, given their immunity to all ion storm effects. If you're fighting a cloaking race (especially Privateers or Lizards, and Fascists to a lesser extent), a slow-moving ion storm lingering over their area is like a big "attack now!" sign
- Dragging - class 4 & 5 storms will drag starships along with them, at 75% of the storm's speed (again, with the exception of the Resolute & Dark Wing -- but only when they're cloaked!)
- Damage - class 4 & 5 storms can kill crew & damage ships caught within them (this is where experience can play a factor). Ships' shields will also be rendered inoperative when in one of these levels storms (yep, you guessed it -- again, this doesn't apply to the Resolute or Dark Wing WHEN CLOAKED)
- Minefield hiding - enemy minefields whose centerpoint is covered by a storm cannot be detected or swept, with the expection of if you're the Colonial player, who can sweep fields covered by storms. This leads to strategies like flying along inside a storm towards enemy territory, laying mines if he comes out towards you (he can't see or sweep them, but certainly can HIT them!). This is also one case where an ion storm over your area can be a plus, provided it's not too strong and you don't care about cloaking -- if you're under attack, you can pop some fields in the storm which can't be seen or swept by incoming attackers (until the storm moves on, of course). Both of those strategies are particularly effective if you're playing as the Birds, since you can lay mines & recloak within the storm using the Resolute or Darkwings.
**Edit** Whoo hoo, post #500!