Fleabum wrote:Having ships in a sandbox game you can't fly is bad. I agree with Nanook, playing the game as the Xenon or Kha'ak offers interesting dimensions and different play styles.
If you think that either capturing or flying Xenon and/or Kha'ak will break your immersion, then don't. If you happen to disable the computer core or power supply to a Xenon ship and don't want to capture it, then destroy it. You have that choice.
As soon as you force your gameplay style on others you force them not to be able to fly ships they want to fly, in essence you force others to play by your chosen playstyle, and that's pretty selfish. Those players would have no choice.
Personally i'd prefer that you can play AS the Xenon or the Kha'ak like you would choose the Teladi Profiteer or the Terran Fleet Pilot starts.
People can get their want for flying those vehicles that way.
Nanook is right, Xenon Ships could break down and be salvaged that way.
But last I remembered, Xenon ships don't have cockpits? They're essentially Artificially Intelligent Drones and CPU Ships?
You'd need to Gerry-rig a cockpit to them which is not what reverse-engineering is about?
The Old CPU ships had Control areas as Terran Conflict, Marines get on board a rogue CPU Ship during the Story Plot? But Xenon have evolved since then?
Same for Xenon ships. Why allow reverse engineering almost any ship in the game except Xenon/Khaak? It just doesn't make any sense.
RE'ing Xenon ships isn't a problem for me: they're (ultimately) human-designed & use the same materials according to lore
Khaak ships, however.. I'm in two minds over. They're a completely different species, owe nothing to X-verse tech & may well be made from & operated by completely different materials (eg chitin/ceramic vs steel/titanium; organic nerve fibres rather than metallic/optical cables for internal data transmission). RE'ing such a ship would be v hard but doable; reconstructing it for <race> use may be impossible
Could essentially be like the US Military trying to Reverse Engineer a crashed UFO.
Kha'ak Tech could be completely alien to the Commonwealth? Maybe Terran's could make Head or Tails of it but perhaps that's the point of the Kha'ak, they're supposed to be a Mystery. Heck, we don't even know what they essentially look like apart from mentions of insect-like creatures that are a Hive intelligence.
Perhaps keep them that way? Like the Chigs from Space: Above and Beyond, not knowing what they looked like through the series until the End was what made them so cool.