We all know that mine-laying is not an effective defensive tool. So what are they?
Last night I was out prancing with my dreadnought pirate fleet because I was bored.
Wanted to see if there are any other fleets to engage with.
Instead my neigbour freaked out and went to a system where I had the fleet and put 1200 mines there. So half my ships blew up before I even realised. Then I warped in a sweeper and limped back with my fleet. How fun…
Is this how this game is going to be like?
I mean if I wanted to attack him, I would have brought several mine sweeping fleets with plenty of escorts and his minefields would have been swept. So it is not a good defensive tool it is a good tool to annoy people with and prevent casual PvP.
Please remove this anti-fun mechanic and, if you want a good defensive tool? Introduce an cultural aura building, which once built, will put a constant speed reduction if any non-ally ships to warp 1. That will give good homefield advantage for any defending fleet and thus a good defensive tool and know that no one is going to be ninja killing your colonies while you are sleeping.
It will also double as borders as it will give off a visible aura, which can be turned off if you want to hide.
Couple this with system AI guardian fleets, when you are offline, and you are fairly safe when you are not playing.