|Benchak the Nightstalker Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 8|
I don't know the ship building rules that well yet, so I wanted to run this by the boards to see if there's something I'm missing.
As far as I understand it, your ship's size limits what sort of power core you can install, and what sorts of weapons you can install (no capital weapons on tiny ships), but it does NOT limit what sorts of shields you can install. Is that correct?
So, provided you have the PCU and the BP for it, you can buy outrageously powerful shields for your little Medium explorer ship.
My players just started book 4 of Dead Suns today. They upgraded their ship to Tier 7, and spent a big chunk of their BP on a Nova Ultra Power Core (300 PCU) and Heavy Shields 480. This gave them 120 SP in each arc.
We had a laugh about it, and the players enjoyed feeling like badass space explorers. However, unless we're all missing something in the rules and their ship build is illegal, I'm probably not going to run another space combat for them anytime soon.