When two enemy carriers meet at a star, a combat takes place.
Combats are fought automatically and are instant. A summary of the battle is placed in your event log to review next time you log in.
If two players approach an unoccupied star and are due to arrive at the same time, the ship that has traveled the shortest distance will claim the star first and will receive the defenders bonus
The defender is the player who owns the star at the time of the combat. The defender strikes first and with +1 Weapons Tech bonus.
Starting with the defender, each player takes turns destroying enemy ships until only one player has ships remaining.
Each player destroys a number of ships equal to their Weapons Technology each round.
Working out who will win a combat can be difficult to guess so the top of the carrier and star inspector windows is a battle calculator. It will help you predict the outcome of battles. Simply enter the number of ships and the weapons technology you think each player will have.
When a player has more than one carrier in a combat, all damage will be applied to the largest carrier first. A carrier that has all its ships destroyed will also be destroyed.
Defending players will suffer casualties from the stars garrison before any carriers are pulled into the fray. It's best to drop all ships when carriers jump to a star for defense.
When a star is captured its Economic Infrastructure is destroyed and the winning player earns 10 credits in salvage for each point destroyed.
The Industrial and Scientific Infrastructure is not damaged and will start producing ships and research points for winning player
Warp Gates are also undamaged in combat.
Defender has 4 weapons technology (+1 for defending) and 10 ships. Attacker has 6 weapons technology and 10 ships.
Round 1: defender does 5 damage, attacker loses 5 ships leaving 5 ships.
Round 2: attacker does 6 damage, defender loses 6 ships leaving 4 ships.
Round 3: defender does 5 damage, attacker loses 5 ships leaving 0 ships.
Defender wins with 4 ships remaining!
In combats that involve more than two players, you can imagine each participating player sitting around a table in the order shown in the character portraits across the top of the screen.
Starting with the defender, each player will attack and deal damage to the nearest enemy to their right.