Found the rules in the book (big dark box), but one thing seems "buggy" to me.
In boarding combat, the ship with the highest "crew value" gets a bonus. While this sound quiet fine at first, the crew value still is a PERCENTAGE of the aprox. total crew. This would mean a Cruiser with heavy crew loses (down to 75% of his crew) would be at a high disadvantage in boarding combat against a raider at full crew (100%).
Whatsoever, in "men" the raider will have about 24.000 crew total while the Cruiser would still have about 70.000 crew men total. If one is to assume that both have the same "percentage" of "fighters" in the crew, the advantage should be with the Cruiser. Or wouldn´t it?
Whilte counting and re-counting crew total is a little much for a smooth game, shouldn´t ships gain a kind of "boarding bonus" for there size?
Like +10 a frigatte, +30 for a light cruiser and +50 for Cruiser?
While on the topic, why are the "Barracks" not giving any bonus in boarding combat? The fact that I have (another) 2.500 to 5.000 ("thousands and thousand") of trained soldiers on my side should make some difference in combat. Or shouldn´t it for some reason (like "these are ground soldiers and useless in space boarding actions")?