Originally posted by Zax:
**The Reberate Destruiser
Indeed. Although personally I prefer the Confederal Friguiser or Corvestrel.
My favourite ship in Escape Velocity has always, and will always, be the Lightning. It's comparatively weak enough that the game is more challenging than if you were, say, flying around in a Rebel destroyer, Rebel cruiser or Kestrel (those three having to be the three most powerful vessels in the hands of a player), where there's next to no element of strategy required.
I tend to modify a Lightning to be used as a long-term craft, with laser cannons and javelin rockets coupled with extensive upgrades, though I have tremendous respect for the AI versions of these craft: ever since I made my own über fighter called the Eclipse, piloted it myself and fell to two Lightnings, and when I played a plug-in where I saw a Lightning take out somebody else's über fighter. The combination of laser cannons (superior to proton cannons), javelin rockets, heavy rockets and missiles on a fighter-bomber is quite terrifying.
I had a brief affair with a Rapier using EV MAGMA (can't stand how they normally look), but it turned out that with a layer of tritanium, I was essentially invincible, which took all the fun out of it. Wasting about twenty destroyers, frigates and both government cruisers without landing was kinda' fun, but still...
In conclusion, I vote Raphtning.
Am I posting in Just Chat or B&B;? If so, I'm probably joking.