How do you see minefields working in space, exactly?
Huge aid for TALL strategy , Isolationists and Pacifists.. defend your territory WITHOUT declaring war ! Make the mines FORMIDABLE !
1. Deploy and Remove
**** the minelayer (constructor ship with mine units) would have to expend a unit to lay a mine in a hex and likewise to remove it the sweeper (constructor )would have to expend a removal unit it or sacrifice a ship or two to eliminate it... a special sensor (or SPIDER citizen) is necessary to detect the mines would make the constructor so armed unique ***********
2. EFFECTS.. DAMAGE
A, B and C strength based on tech level researched with radial effect
a frontier that ships invading take damage depending on the strength of mines or type, chance of damaging certain ship systems like the warp drive etc.. other random effects
invisible to the unfriendly force and detectable with minesweepers , detonates on non-allied or non-friendly ships
mine once layed in a hex, represent a field affecting adjacent hexes as well , lay one every other hex to make your perimeter , with limitations on proximity and making enemies if placed too close to other races
3. PURPOSE..DEFENSE...KEEP OUT TRESPASSERS !!!
when it is not our turn - we dont want to be ravaged !!
prevent a wild TRANSPORT from wreaking havoc.
used to Isolate a resource or planet until it can be colonized , setting up bases , influence , camping out in your space with attackers
stop ships flying right through your space without penalty. .
Defending your commonwealths and allies too !!
The PIRATES could defend their bases too.
Just imagine putting a minelayer on auto to lay a minefield around your system !!!
How does that sound ?