nweismuller wrote:I've been wondering for a while, now: what precisely are Phidi sales commandos? Given that I'm habitually a (very peaceful) Phidi player, this may be relevant to my interests- maybe it will be another tool in my box for when I finally prepare to liberate the enslaved masses under the Marauders in my games.
My concept is that they're an active trading mechanism; you take them in cargo holds to foreign systems and conduct "sales raids." Something for your Trade Ships to do. Just need to figure out a way to make it fun and not tedious.
Sounds like a difficult concept
The AI does not particularly need additions funds, nor seems to be able to differentiate between standard ground troops and special unit types like this would be
From the player side, there is also not much need for additional funds especially when playing the Phidi as income is generated more rapidly and war is less likely with other factions o siphon the treasury.
In order to make such a mechanic useful, costs should be raised considerably e.g.: via starbase and ship maintenance update cost increases. As the later have already been done, and pushing it further would necessitate considerable AI improvement to handle the shortage for all other factions + using the commandos, I would skip on the concept.
If you already have the art though that should not go to waste so here are a couple of ideas you might like
1. Have them operate as a Minor faction harassing colonies like Marauder Raiders. Though they would not serve much as a faction feature, they can serve as pirates. The problem here is with the lore which should not support Phidi popping up in far away star systems. Possible solution: these pirates would be generated on the periphery of Phidi Empire, from revolts, or randomly within the empire itself (to keep he Phidi player busy in its long peace time)
2. Replace tank battalions directly with Commandos as the Phidi ground unit. They would have slightly lower combat strength then the generic armored battalions, but would be cheaper and increase morale of Phidi pop when stationed on a colony or income when serving on a trade ship. This would make sense lore-wise as the phidi cannot use tanks underwater, are naturally less likely to tend towards war machine (being the pacifist they are) and also do not need an effective invasion troop type. These troops would be more easy to produce for protection and would still be able to keep up with invasion forces via research gradually increasing their strength
I find the second option the bast way to go as it does not require any AI modification and enhance the immersion for the faction