[GSS]Bandit wroteColonA pilot with Natural Touch of 9, could thus fly the aforementioned Groundhog at speed 5 risking only the default failure of a natural 1. Granted, NT 9 is quite Top Gun, but anyway: What are your thoughts on this? Anybody ever seen the need for limiting how far you could push your plane? Or allowing such a push only every other turn? Or is it balanced enough by the 10% risk of stress damage and engine flareout which keeps people from attempting this too often?
I think it does kind of fit the setting that there will occasionally be such a skilled pilot that they can make a plane do things others would have said is impossible. Admittedly, I've not yet seen someone try to abuse it so maybe I'd feel differently if I had; I don't know. As you say, the risk of stress damage and flareout might be enough, but don't forget also the balancing factor of the points build for pilots/wingmen.
You only have so many points to put into your pilots, and a Natural Touch of 9 is an awful lot of points that could have gone towards something else, Deadeye or Steady Hand in particular for a bigger plane with bigger guns. Each of the pilot skills can be important. Even a too low Sixth Sense can make you cry when you finally have to make that oh so high combat bailout roll. I think the limited points available are probably the most balancing factor. Maybe there could be a problem though near the end of a maxxed out campaign, but I doubt most pilots or campaigns can go that distance.
[GSS]Bandit wroteColonApart from that it seems a little unrealistic that a plane with a regular top speed of 1 or 2, could fly at speed 5 round after round after round... (same goes for Max-Gs and Max Accel)
Off the top of my head, there is
an every other turn limit on Max-G's. You can max your G's every turn, but, after the first, each turn after that you perform a 3 or more G move without giving your plane a chance to rest you'll add a +1 modifier to the roll for every
G of that maneuver rather than just for every G over your plane's capabilities.
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