I've been working on a TC based on Isaac Asimov's classic Foundation series. Specifically, the first part of the second book, Foundation and Empire. I've reached a point where I could use some playtest feedback, so I'm tossing this public alpha out into the wild, just to see what comes back. Click here to download it and check it out.
What I need playtested right now are the ship designs (graphics and stats). In particular, I need to know if the opposing sides' ships are decently balanced against each other, with neither side having any strong advantages. It's particularly tricky just because the Foundation's major strength is in their ships' speed and agility, which is tough to balance against powerful weapons and shields.
The alpha has only three systems: Trantor, the Empire's capital; Terminus, center of the Foundation; and Siwenna, an independent world that doesn't really serve any purpose here. All of the major warships from both sides are available for free, so you can just grab them and go.
The only missions are geared toward testing the ships. You can fight any of the ships, singly or in groups. You can take any of the groups as an escort. Or you can witness AI-controlled battles between any of the ships or groups from the two sides.
So, I'd appreciate it if you'd take it out for a spin, kick the tires, and let me know what doesn't work. The Readme includes a lot of info you might find useful, so make sure to check it out. Thanks!