Gravity Well

Spacecraft
Updated 2/3/2015

Spacecraft form the backbone of commerce in Gravity Well. They are also useful platforms for launching attacks on enemy cities.


Station
Stations orbit over cities to defend the space over the city. Stations have heavy armor. They are armed with three turrets and a bay weapon.

Vehicles who dock with a station can purchase modules from the city on the planet below.

A city must have a spaceport before it can launch a station.

Players can take a berth aboard a station but they cannot become the captain. When a player's vehicle is destroyed, the player is automatically recovered by the spacecraft on which they hold a berth.

Stations refuel, repair, recharge and rearm vehicles docked aboard them.

Players can change vehicles while docked with a station. Modules are transferred to the new vehicle. The player's current vehicle must be fully repaired before changing vehicles.



Freighter
Freighters haul cargo between cities. Cargo consists of finished goods, raw materials, food and modules.

Space Truckers and Freighters Union rules prevent players from taking a berth aboard freighters. However, freighters will accept movement orders from players docked aboard them. Upon arrival to a player ordered destination, freighters will loiter for a short time before resuming their work.

To issue a movement order, click on a world, wormhole, or a location in space.

Freighters are lightly armored. Freighters are armed with one turret and they will fire at enemy units. They are not brave. When damaged by enemy fire, freighters often surrender rather than die. They're allowed to do that; it's in their contract.

Freighters refuel, repair and recharge vehicles docked aboard them. Freighers sell modules from their hold to vehicles who dock aboard them.



Destroyer
Destroyers are used for offensive assaults on the enemy.

Destroyers are heavily armored. They have two turrets and a bay weapon.

Destroyers can be commanded by players. The first player to take a berth aboard a destroyer becomes its captain. That player can issue orders to the ship.

To issue a movement order, click on a location in space or on a world, wormhole, or friendly building or spacecraft. Click on an enemy building, spacecraft or vehicle to issue an attack order. You must be in the same solar system as your ship to issue orders by clicking on things.

Use Call Ship on the button bar to summon your ship to your current location. Your ship responds even if it's not in the same system as you.

Use Position Report on the button bar to order your ship to announce it's current location to you. Your ship responds even if it's not in the same system as you.

Additional players can take a berth aboard a destroyer but only one of them is the captain. When a player's vehicle is destroyed, the player is automatically recovered by the spacecraft on which they hold a berth.

Destroyers refuel, repair, recharge and rearm vehicles docked aboard them.

Destroyers sell modules from their hold to vehicles who dock aboard them.

Players can change vehicles while docked with a destroyer. Modules are transferred to the new vehicle. The player's current vehicle must be fully repaired before changing vehicles.



Merchant Ships
Merchant ships travel between worlds in the sector.

Merchant ships belong to an empire that is friendly to all player empires.

Merchant ships refuel, repair and recharge vehicles docked aboard them.

Merchant ships sell modules from their hold to vehicles who dock aboard them. They often bring modules from other sectors that cannot be found in the current sector.

Players are not permitted to take a berth aboard a merchant ship because the merchant's empire is different from their own.



Scout
Scout ships of an alien empire are sometimes encountered.

Scouts seem to be lightly armored. They have two turrets and no bay weapon.

Scouts are hostile, furtive. Their mission is unknown. There may be a connection between scout craft and harvester drone activity.



Harvester Drone
Harvester drones appear to be renegade construction equipment at a gigantic scale. Some people speculate that harvester drones are remnants of the ringworld engineers.

Their mission seems to be to collect the core material from all worlds.

Extremely tough, few pilots have ever reported putting one of these out of commission.