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Old January 16th, 2011, 12:44 PM
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Default "High Guard" and fuel skimming

There's a meme about vulnerable fleets skimming fuel, a particularly dangerous operation that leaves them vulnerable, and thus necessitating the use of other ships flying overwatch, in the "High Guard" position, during the operation.

As a corollary, there's the heroic SDBs lingering, undetected, beneath the ammonia clouds of the Gas Giant and waiting to strike at invading fleets, perhaps just as they are starting to skim.

Yet I've not seen much documentation about the fuel skimming process, it difficulties, and how it makes ships vulnerable. Also, I haven't seen how SDBs (who are ostensibly in the same environmental conditions if not actually skimming themselves and perhaps even deeper in the gravity well) are I guess immune to the combat limitations of a skimming fleet, thus tilting the board in the SDBs advantage during this tricky time.

So, just curious about how this bastion of lore doesn't seem to have many mechanics tied to it.
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