No Zuul so no War CRs. I got 4 Tarkans, 1 Liir, 1 Morrigi, 1 Human and 1 Hiver in this game. Morrigi CRs are superb long range targets for DF-AMs btw.
The biggest AI empire (a Tarkan one) had Disruptor Shields, Deflector Shields, Mark 4 Shields, Shield Magnifiers, Quantum Capacitors, AM Cannons, Heavy AM Cannons, AM Projectors, Gravy Beams, AM Torpedoes, Cutting Beams, Quark Resonators and +9999 to Tech Luck.
'course, all that tech is negated by my superior tactical technique known as 'not charging in blindly while screaming war-cries'. If I were playing that AI empire, I'd have just stopped at long range and battered the Magnoceramic Hiver CRs to bits with Torpedoes and Heavy beams.
Warcat, the Disruptor Torpedoes are to take on the Disruptor Shield busting duties that were originally the province of the single Shield Breaker turret. I don't use the Disruptors as a damage dealer. As long as they can bust the shields during the head-on meeting phase, I'm happy. The DF-AMs will be able to fire past shields once the fleets have inter-penetrated.
Zedf, it's true that the Bar section has 2 less medium turrets, but I would actually only be giving up 1 medium turret from my broadside as the two missing mediums are located on opposite sides of the CR. The broadside that's facing away hardly gets to fire anyway. The large turret on the Ar that I'm currently using to house the shield-breaker gets converted to a double-turret DF-AM on the Bar. There's no change in the total number of DF-AMs but there's a effective gain of 1 DF-AM on the broadside and a loss of 1 APHD. 1 DF-AM has slightly more dps than a APHD.
The major reason why I considered the switch to Bar was the additional PD that the two small turrets gave me. The AI uses corrosive and nanite missiles on it's Bar CRs and Med platforms. The lower maneuverability is a small issue and I can no longer chase down the runners so I'd need to keep two or three of the Ar designs in reserve for chasing duties.
I just got Fusion Torpedoes. What if I switched the Large turret back to Shield Breakers and the Disruptors to Fusion Torpedoes?
I managed to get 3 Tarkan empires to surrender on the same turn
Only one of them surrendered to me though. The other two surrendered to no one and just shut down their empires.