dacis2 said:I've been reading David Weber's Starfire-verse, and I was wondering. Wing Commander Jump points are rather small areas of space, no? So why not fort up the whole place, shove mines, turrets, stations everything around them?
ChrisReid said:Right, as people pointed out, the jump points are a product of gravitic phenomenon, so they shift as the different bodies in the system orbit. In some places they will be more stable than others, and we do ocassionally see very well defended points. The Confed Superbase that defends the Ella -> Talos tunnel in WC4 is a good example of this. Another aspect to consider is that jump points are not necessarily the most stragetic location to place your base. If every point had a pile of mines/turrets/stations around it, then the enemy would just float a few gigantic bombs through the node to clear the way in advance of its fleet.
dacis2 said:Of course, you could deploy your defences slightly further away from the jump point...
But the main problem is them shifting. Got it.
Primate said:Just curious, any idea how the minesweepers in wing commander work?
Fenris Ulven said:Are the jumps point some kind of wormhole?