I frankly am reasonably happy with the phase jump degredation of the current starbases. What I'm concerned about is combat in the local well, not bypassing fleets. Are you arguing for a PJI/PJI improvement in starbases that prevents jumping deeper into an empire?
I wasn't arguing for it (although it may be a fine idea). I was saying that someone else (was it you?) seemed to be arguing for it. But if you now say that you are unconcerned with bypassing fleets, rather you are concerned with combat in the well... I suppose that's a different concern than I thought you had. Perhaps I misunderstood earlier.
Excellent point ... that's definitely a hard, interesting choice, and if all three factions had to face it I'd say it's all good. But it's hard to justify taking that agonizing decision from one of the factions and giving their base an almost infinite capacity to cover a well.
Are you certain that the vasari don't have to face other hard, interesting, agonizing choices that the other factions don't have to face? I'm not certain whether they do or don't, that's why I'm not going to pound my fist on the table too strongly here. I'm just asking if YOU are certain?
Furthermore, perhaps my faith is misplaced here (anytime one puts their faith in people, it generally is), but do you really think the devs are closet vasari freaks, secretly rooting for the vasari, secretly scheming to give vasari all the goodies, and screw all the other factions? Perhaps they are jerking off over how they've given vasari a moving SB and denied such an "OP" unit to everyone else? I just don't think that's the case (I could be wrong). More realistically, perhaps you just think they have made an honest balance mistake? Certainly wouldn't be the first time for any developer, but in the end I'm not sure this is correct either.
Look, I'm by no means a "defender of the establishment" or "defender of the status quo." You got concerns, by all means voice them. Lord knows I've done it enough times. Most of the time I might be right there with you. This time, I'm not convinced, but I'll keep playing the beta and try to keep an open mind on it.