Trek73: Set Phasers to Obfuscation!

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  1. zeraan says:

    All I have to say:

    (If you can, fix the image so it shows up in comments, thanks!)

  2. Chris W. says:

    First, the DOS version I played doesn’t require you to enter the entire command on one line. You can enter the numeric command, and it’ll prompt you for each part of the command after that. The all-on-one-line format is for when you get familiar enough with the commands that you don’t need to be prompted. Also, you don’t have to type the entire name of the enemy ship — just the first letter is fine. If you’re fighting multiple ships, each one’s name will start with a different letter. Honest!

    Now for tactics. Speaking as someone who played this game a lot (on a teletype terminal) in junior high school, the first thing you want to do is pursue the enemy, but specify a *negative* warp speed, so that you’re backing away from the enemy! This gives you more time to lock and load your weapons, as they’ll have to come up to speed and chase after you. Try warp -4 or -5; that’ll give you some room without using up your fuel too quickly.

    Now load your torpedoes, lock them on target, lock the phasers as well, and fire your torps. Keep using the position report command (12) to track how far away they are, and 13 to get the visual display (which includes incoming or outgoing torps). As long as they’re still a good distance away, keep reloading and firing torps. Once they get close enough, switch to phasers. Your phaser range is only 1000, but if they’re, say, 1800 away and coming in at warp 11, start firing phasers now because they’ll be way too close by your next turn.

    When you start feeling comfortable with these basic tactics, try using your phasers to detonate their incoming torps. When the torps look close enough, fire the phasers with a wide spread to make sure you hit the torps.

    Hope that helps!

    • Brian Rubin says:

      It does help, thank you!

      • Chris W. says:

        Glad to hear it! Oh, and instead of typing “123456” to refer to all the torpedo tubes, or “1234” for the phasers, you can just type “all” (without the quotation marks).

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