Is Any way to get a fight (not flight) simulator with the designer, where we could build a mock fleet to test against a fleet of ships of a type currently on the game board ?
I'm thinking of doing this to test the performance of a new ship design.
Sometimes for example, I can have a incoming fleet of ships and all I have are a couple of cargo ships I have to modify to meet them. However cargo ships have low HP so re-designing them to fight can be tricky. It's like trying to figure out the best configuration for a Sloop or Merchantman to take on a Spanish Galleon.
Some enhancement can have a fleet wide effect on weapons / defense but to see if it is worth it, a simulated fight would be a good way to go about it.
To limit this so it does not become a cheat, the ships available to the simulation could be ships of a type either encountered by my ships on the board or ships which were traded. So one way I could hav mock battles would be to purchase one of the other civilization's ships.