Woot! I don't know what to answer first.
First thanks to all for this hot discussion and ideas you posted here, keep it on!
Will you still be able to put 4 star bases in the grav well with the Dyson Sphere?
I first idea on that was to allow a maximum of 2 starbases per player and 150 mines per player, as a mix of a normal companion star and a planet from my mod. I think 4 star bases ar too much, cause it is not a star that can directly jumped into from another system.
Why not make it so that capitals are unable to bombard? Maybe only fighters and small frigates (siege frigates only?) are small enough to navigate inside of the dyson sphere in order to take out the population so it can be recolonized? This may not be feasible due to game engine constraints, but would be much more realistic.
good idea, than the health increase will not that much. I am not shure if this can be done with an ability. But still you will not see frigates and fighters entering the sphere. cause the "bounding box" of the mesh keeps them of.
Can the TEC shield be used by a planet and not just structures?
You can use the planetary shield orbital module, as it counts as a planet.
I agree it should require a high level of research to be able to colonize a star, but I don't think it should be much more expensive to upgrade than a fully upgraded starbase.
The research for colonizing a dyson sphere will be called :
- Xeno Archaeology (TEC)
- Ancestral Relevation (Advent)
- Xeno Assimilation (Vasari)
It enables you not only to colonize a dyson sphere but also other "acient planets". So there is a counterpart for the sphere, working title is "The Citadel" (everyone who played Mass Effect should know it).
While the Dyson Sphere has its focus on population and logistics, The Citadel has its focus on tactial and defense. But you posted a lot of arguments here that make me reconsider it.
I haven't decied yet what tier the researches have for each faction, but one idea I had was to increase the planet upgrade costs for these structures. So maybe you can have an early access to the research, but the upgrades costs much more than for a normal planet. Also the Vasaria and Advent will get it earlier than the TEC.
P.S. I just noticied I've got a third of the post on this thread so far. I don't mean to take over, TohKlidan, I just really like this idea.
No problem this is why started this article. So keep posting.
Another good idea I read here is the homeplanet setup, this will be adjusted too. Some way like I did it with the gas giants and "no atmosphere" planets, they also get a lower homeplanet bonus compared to the other planets.
And finally i am think about a "Guardian Fleet" the protects the "ancient planets" until their first colonization. Maybe i make a special race and unique ships for it, but only if I have enough time. My first goal is to get the sphere into the game and next will be "The Citadel".