Hey man first things first... sorry I somehow missed your second post and so if I looked like I ignored it in Return from Exile... I kind of did. However I fixed that on the latest post. Will be more careful in the future (that one post was a bit of a rush job).
Anyway battle is almost over and your character is key to a clean get away... If that jump engine isn't ready in time the Ark will take one heck of a beating before she can jump. She will jump... but how your character gets things working (or not if you prefer him to not get things right the first time) will determine how clean or damaged the Ark gets before she escapes.
If you have any suggestions or feedback on how I'm including your character let me know. I don't want the RP to be boring to you since your not a character in charge of a ship.
I like the thought of deciding where technology goes. I'm thinking I'll focus more on reverse engineering alien programs. It would be nice to have shields on our ships. I might do a bit of improvement on our technologies like the rail gun. Perhaps use alien technology to create an energy railgun. Many possibilities.
The drones, I think I'll have to do. Maybe create some mechs that control an attack craft or something like that. Right now I'll just stick to advice and maintenance.
Hey I have some ideas on how your Character in Return to Exile can become very critical and have more to do in battles.
First your character will be the one deciding the Human's technology advancement. Whether its pursuing reverse engineering captured alien tech, improving current technology, or developing new technology.
Technology can be both war or survival focused... whether its improving weapons, enhancing the Ark's research facilities/engines/ship factory, or whatever you want to come up with.
In Battle I like how he is giving advice, and your welcome to do that more... from finding weak points in shields, enemy ship's blind spots, or even giving suggestions for players to do with their ships. Also if you desire later you can develop Drones you can control in battle OR you can get on board other player's ships and improve their performance while aboard.