Formation Naming Conventions

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Each unit can be individually renamed, so if you already have a fleet you can still use this method. To change a unit’s name, select the unit, look at the unit information window, and click the name of that unit. You should now be able to change the name. Be sure to press enter when finished, to complete the renaming action. With “Name” as the sort type in a formation, you can do very complicated things.

The most obvious thing which name sorting a formation can do for you is to sort out different versions of the same hull type. Using Ctrl+S will select ALL units of the same hull type. For instance, if you have used the Angel hull to make two different versions of a combat escort, Ctrl+S will select both of them at the same time. A move order will arrange all of those units randomly without respect to design variances. Should you set up a formation, you can use a difference in name to separate them. Once done, simply go through the neat line/square/columns you have created while designing the formation, then find where one version ends and the next begins.

Name sort can also be useful in combat situations. Escorting vessels may not necessarily differ in design compared to the rest of your ships. Let’s assume you created a group of fifty identical ships to crush the fleet of another empire. Your fleet met your enemy’s forces in a hostile section of space, but your fleet prevailed. However, during the fight, ten of your ships lost entire arcs of armor. Barely escaping destruction, you managed to move them out of the fray to safety. Now, behind enemy lines and with a fifth of your fleet crippled and vulnerable, you would prefer to get these ships back to your empire intact. You have concluded that the best way to do this is to surround the damaged ships with the relatively undamaged ones.

In this case, you need a way to sort out the damaged ships. Simply rename those that you feel are more vulnerable with a character you know will supersede that of any of the other ship. Now, create a formation which places the first ten slots in the formation at the center with the outer layer somewhat spaced out and removed from the center.

Tip The ideal formation contains several different unit designs in order to maximize efficiency, through specialization.

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