I really love this game, but one thing really bothers me: the sky is full of massive ships but not a single fighter or support ship.
I'd love to implement a runway on a few of my ships with hangers and elevators to move the planes around. Planes could be loaded with ammo and coal then move up to the runway via elevator. They could then take off and fight then land when they've run out of either resource and be carried back down to the hanger to be restocked and repaired. There could be a low-tech fighter and bomber hanger with ornithopters (planes that have wings that flap like a bird) mounted with a rifle or grenades for fin ships and higher tech propeller-powered planes with better weapons for steam ships.
(they should also be able to fly through ships instead of ramming the edges of them and be autonomous)
Having a balloon or VOTL (vertical take off and landing) that you could send up that stays in the vicinity of its home ship to boost accuracy like a telescope would be pretty great.
Having ships that carry your marines to enemy ships without trying to chase them down and ram them with your lighter-than-air behemoth seems a little more practical to me. It would also make boarding more difficult by allowing the craft to be shot down before reaching their target instead of having 40 marines on your opponent's ship that your riflemen don't even bother to target until they're already in your ship with their rifles to the back of your crews' heads. Please end the reign of the OP marines. I'm sick of building ships and loading them with more guards than crew just to stand a chance against some of the people who build cheap ships and cram them with 100-something marines in each.
Having scores of smaller craft in with all the massive ones would make battles much more interesting for me, and would make rifles a much more useful addition to airships.
Just some thoughts.
Air Lord, Engineering Corps
We've discussed most of this in great detail across three posts, concept art and developer feedback included.
(If you see this I'm still looking for the link to that on the forum, or I got distracted and in that case you can use the handy search function on the top right.)
Boarding craft have not been discussed though, and that actually seems like a good concept for making boarding combat more interesting than the current Ram and win or (rarely) lose style.
Changing it so boarders require a small boarding craft that can be shot down would be a very welcome change, and may even fix boarding combat to be better (not that it's broken, but it could be improved) because:
It balances out boarders by giving them a 'vulnerability' period by traveling, therefore making them easier to defend against while still making them formidable during boarding combat.
It gives boarders a ranged ability, so boarding ships don't need to be close combat ships. This means non-armoured boarding ships could be allowed to exist as they don't need to fly close to cannon fire.
It gives a new niche for airship weapons, like anti-boarding craft flak guns. This gives designing a ship more meaningful options and roles to fill.
New boarders and craft could be added in response to the airship weapons. (Anti boarding killing your 8 person dropships? Try the smaller, faster, 2 person boarding module!)
In addition, it would also make combat look and feel much more interesting when smaller ships are flying about the battlefront.
I'd like to hear some counterpoints on this idea.
@Firebird11 Ya, I found that other post of yours, and I like the idea of a smaller floating ship way more than a plane. It fits better with the other ships and won't have to be constantly moving. I didn't add the fact that they would be harder to hit but I had that in mind when I posted this which is why I said rifles would have more use for their anti support craft capabilities. Since there are already several posts on fighters/bombers I guess this one will focus on boarding craft.
Flying aircraft carriers would be the best thing to ever happen to ACTS, nuff said.
ACTF has much better features than aircraft carriers... It's better someone modded it than adding it. There are much more important and fun things than aircraft carriers. Check on Steam for mods, idk...
Firebird has been here long enough to see quite a few people suggest runways and hangars XD. So fear not men! They will be implemented eventually.