Hi all, I have a problem with one specific rule concerning overlapping bases that I would like to illustrate:
Consider a dogfight, one fighter tailing the other. One Pilot has a higher pilot akill than the other. Tailing should be good, staying close behind the enemy in a dogfight is good right?
Lets start with the higher skill pilot tailing the lower skill pilot.
Overlapping can only occur if both maneuvers end up in the same space. The lower skill pilot advances first, then the tailing higher skill pilot flys into him, looses the action and cannot shoot him. So far so good.
Now lets look at the lower skill pilot tailing the higher skill pilot. Now two scenarios are possible in which overlapping can occur.
a) The maneuvers of both pilots have overpapping endpoints (like above) -> This would occur if the tailing pilot chose a too far going maneuver :
Since the lower skill pilot moves first he will "overtake" the tailed pilot, who will move after him and fly right into the previously tailing pilot. Since the rules state that he is moved back until touching, the previously tailed pilot with the higher skill is now actually behind the previously tailing pilot. Nice, so the higher pilot skill was worth its price (although the action is lost and he cannot shoot at the touched lower skill pilot.)
The problem comes with possibitily b) The tailing pilots (lower skill!) maneuver overlaps with the tailed higher skill pilots starting position.
First the tailing pilot moves and flying into his target, is moved back, loses the action. Now the tailed higher skill pilot flys on. Since the rules states that if the bases are no longer touching, ships can again fire at each other, the tailing (lower skill) pilot can actually take a shot now (assuming the targer is in his firing arc). The action is lost, but the opportunity to fire is still there!
In short: While the higher skill pilot chasing the lower skill pilot ends up having no action and no shot, the lower skill pilot chasing the high skill pilot looses the action but gets a shot! So the lower skill pilot has the clear advantage here!
In order to remedy this I would like to suggest to omit the rule saying that ones the bases no longer touch, ships can fire at each other. In that case our lower skill pilot would loose its action but although the tailied high skill pilot has moved on (bases no longer touching), he would loose the shot, just as the high skill pilot would. It would be fair again.
Please let me know what you think. I am going to try this with a friend and see how it goes.