zolobolo wrote:But why not set to 100 to get a balanced result?
How would you know what's balanced until something is changed and the result can be observed and compared?
Observing the AI having three times as many ships as a player with a similar population suggested that reducing this value to 1/3 would be a useful starting point.
And it did
produce sensibly sized (imo) fleets, but it doesn't work well with the current AI which expects
to have more to work with.
So it just does nothing, ever. Which is not a good result.
One thing I've noticed in many of my games, is that there seems to be 2 specific empires which are almost always incredibly aggressive because they have economic advantages that translate directly into more ships via this fleet_power rating.
The Phidi, who have a really good economy by default so can support a larger than normal amount of ships.
Plus the ability to 'summon' ships on demand for cash+influence, which the Phidi have lots of.
And the Orthin, with thier odd hab preference can make decent use of almost all the 'good' planets they find. Along with the ability to also use one of the most common 'trash' planet types gives them a fairly easy time expanding and building.
The huge irony here being that these are the two guys who should, by rights, be the least interested in military adventurism. Orthin because it's wasting valuable science time, and Phidi because they explicitly don't like it (even if they are giant hypocrites who give you a diplo malus for being at war at all, but they throw thier weight around all the damn time - perphidious fish).
Of the two, the Orthin are by far the worst in this regard.
Starting with an Orthin or Phidi neighbour can be incredibly frustrating because they get really beligerent as soon as thier economies let them support more ships than you. (Granted, this would be the same for any
empire, but its only these two that seem to be an issue.)
The Orthin also give you a diplo malus when they're ahead of you in tech, which they will be early on because they are Orthin.
This doesn't help.
Interestingly, the two empires you'd expect to be more aggressive; Yoral and Gremak, are actually really chill neighbours who are a easy to get along with.