It's big, beautiful, you never know if there's the random navigational hazard (like an asteroid field or even a pulsar) hiding in there somewhere. It's like the Bermuda Triangle of space - the last place any self-respecting helmsman wants to fly into (at least the way "Trek" games like Legacy and Starfleet Command use them).
Your sensors are blinded. Your shields are barely effective from the interference. You have to cut your speed and your deflectors are working overtime because all that dust and gas could potentially destroy the ship - and there's still the enemy to deal with.
A nebula is pretty, and from an explorer's point of view it's amazing because of everything we can learn from them. But it's the last place you want to have a ship-to-ship duel. Of course, that's also why we like seeing nebula fights so often.
That's true. It's both a saviour and curse to any captain that's attacking/running away.
I love them in Klingon Academy as I can easily beat the crap out of much larger ship. By going nice and slow with power on silent running I can knock out the engines in a couple of salvoes. Once that is done it's plain blowing the ship up. Damn I love that game, if anything it taught me to turn dis-advantage into advantage as well it's all ways possible to even out the odds.
Also who doesn't like to see nebula battles, TWOK proved that!
Agreed! Klingon Academy and SFC were made by the same folks, so I can understand how you feel. I also considered Nebulae "the great equalizers" - I was able to knock out a massive Klingon battleship with a Federation Heavy Drone Cruiser (a Constitution class whose torpedo tubes were replaced with missile rails) in a nebula because I was less affected by the nebula's crippling effects than the Klingon ship was.
They're the great nurseries of space - the place where stars are born and die. Who would have thought they would also make some of the most epic battlefields in space? Actually, come to think of it, I would also think it would be really neat to see a starship fight around one of these things.
Damn the video is not allowed in my country. I was curious what versions of SFC do you own? Orion Pirates can be played online and it would be damn cool to play against some real people for a change.
The science that surrounds Nebula is also pretty interesting. I like when stars go nova that the stellar gas and dust left over can reform back into a new star.
A real space battle in a nebula would be brutal. The loss of navigational sensors could render your ship blind and at worst you could be stuck in one forever. That, also of the hull stress from pockets of intense gravitation distortions could rip the ship apart. The gravity involved in a nebula is immense considering the weight of all that stellar gas.
Indeed - like we said, no self-respecting helm officer would ever want to fly right into a nebula.
Well, when I had SFC, I had SFC1 and SFC2 but not Orion Pirates - I never did get the online part to work. Not only that, I'd figured out how to use Shipedit and because of this the copies of SFC that I have on my other computer back home are somewhat... "reprogrammed." So I wouldn't want to sic those on anybody.
I can't believe a plain YouTube video like that wouldn't be allowed in the UK. >_< Oh well, it won't be as interesting but I can send a link to a Wiki article instead. I was talking about what would happen if you had a ship to ship fight near a Pulsar.