Hey everybody ! While nothing seemed to apparently move for quite a while here, things have been hectic below the surface ! In this thread Steve and I will show you the ships of Imperia. Their classes and types will be kind of standardized in this thread, but will gain personality in the game as work progresses. For the moment, the paradigm will be close to pre-dreadnought/ dreadnought eras: ships will include battleships, protected cruisers, destroyer leaders, scout cruisers, missile-boats and even pocket battleships, monitors, commerce raiders, drone carriers, amphibious assault vessels, corvettes, patrol crafts, juggernaut drones etc... So far in our design documents there are well over 85 classes of ships oriented towards a mission. But more will be said about ship design in another thread. Here we will focus on the ships and the fleets of the game. Ships in Imperia belong to factions/ design schools. Most big power blocks have yards that produce ships that cater to their needs, and they tend to stick to some design threads. So ships tend to come in families (smaller entities or independent planets tend to buy ships from them as well). Let's have a peek at some of the ships YOU get to command at the beginning of your reign. Mind you, there will be many designs of battleships in your fleet. Some are museum pieces, and some are just about to start their maiden cruise. The Imperial fleet left by your predecessors where mostly the fruit of emperor's Justinian naval expansion program. At its peak, around 100 years ago, the imperial 'golden fleet' could muster several dozens battleships, and could project its might well beyond the imperial core systems. In those days, the crown had almost a monopoly on starship building, and made good use of it. Now, after several decades of indolence and corruption, the fleet is in a sorry state, just a shadow of its own older self. Will you be able to restore it to its past splendor and make it the prime tool of your power ? Or will the fleet rot in some forsaken orbit ? In a following post, we will look at the design thoughts at work behind the imperial vessel's shape. take care all, P.