JonnyDoH wrote:Hey, folks.
I am asking-- no, BEGGING, the community to shed some light on how to get around the viral field ability.
(sorry, couldn't resist)
The Cybernaut is limited by two things. The viral field has range of 50 lightyears, and there can't be another Cybernaut within 100 lightyears. Trust Rimstalker to make sure the second thing won't happen, and concentrate on the first limit.
Basically, you can attack the Cybernaut as long as you're coming from 50+ lightyears. That will mean digging through loads of minefields, but it can be done. The Borg should have a massive economy, with plenty of cubes with heavy phasers.
If you figure out how Jupiter's cube intercept works, you've got an even better shot - you can attack from some odd 160 lightyears out.
Attacking is gonna cost you, but that is what the game is about. You'll lose a bunch of ships to fight through the defending Golems (oh wait make that Biocides), but eventually you'll get to the Cybernaut.
Your ally has Dark Wings and other cloakers, so cloaked intercept is also an option. Mind the 50 lightyears range of the viral field, and you can bypass the defending ships.
Your main problem is that you're only looking at the Cybernaut and how to counter that. You should concentrate more on the Borg, and it's strengths. First look at basic VGA Planets economy and tactics. Then to Jupiter abilities.
I read your rant against Rimstalker in the other thread you're referring to, but face it - the guy has a point. The Pit is a perfect scenario for the Borg, with a large central cluster to assimilate before people even get there and a good homecluster where you can safely develop without fear of early agression from Lizards or Fascists. Quietus Strip gives you an enormous economic advantage, even allows you to heat up arctic planets. With the Quietus, the cube intercept, Fireclouds and your cloaking ally on top of a good Borg economy, you should be able to take care of most if not all opponents. So look at that first, and then to Rimstalker or his Cybernaut.
Rimstalker had a pretty shitty starting cluster, at least compared to mine. He sacrificed a lot of his economy to be the first with doomsday missiles. He succeeded, and as a result you are now all basically screwed on that end. But do the math on those things: he and I have some 20+ launchers ready or under construction. That's 200.000 megacredits and 100.000 of each mineral. Those would make a lot of bases and battleships, heavy phasers, fighters and/or torpedoes. But despite that massive investment in launchers, he still has a base on almost every planet, and more Golems than most people have proper battleships.
My point: yes the viral field is awesome, and when used properly like Rimstalker is doing it is hard to counter. But that holds true for most Jupiter abilities, when used correctly. Either way, when a guy manages to outbuild you by that much, you're screwed anyway with or without addons.