Hello to everyone. I’m new here.
I’m really enjoying SS and I have already spent a great deal of time playing it. I’m actually warmly suggesting it to all gamers that I know that are even remotely interested in rogue-likes and/or GREAT storytelling (and I think everyone here knows how great it really is).
I was actually going to write a really long rant out of frustration but, after thinking about it, I did reconsider.
Truth is, when I was finally able to upgrade my ship for the first time since I began playing, I went for the Lampad Cutter. Her stats were already telling me that doing so would have probably been a really bad idea, but I still wanted to try her at least once. In the end, her absurdly low crew cap got me killed in one fell swoop after a failed Iron challenge in the "A Blemmigan Colony" event. (I would like to stress out that I had "full crew").
So, after assessing that buying the Cutter is a really bad idea if you are not going to be really discriminate about what you’re going to do with her, and after gaining further knowledge regarding the game mechanics (in this case, that the number of crewmen that can get killed by an event isn’t a percentage based upon the maximum crew capacity of your current ship but instead an arbitrary number) I decided that it was finally time to ask more game-savyy zee-captains about something that is really bugging me. That is, the question that is the title of this topic.
I was firmly set on never going to switch to Merciful Mode even once but after this last playthrough (the best one I ever had going on, at least for now) got destroyed in an instant by the RNG, I may have to reconsider my approach. I still don’t want to switch to Merciful (the thrill I got after winning two high-risk gambles in a row so to recover from having maxed out Terror while at zee, with almost no supplies nor fuel left to spare, is something I really don’t want to give up) but I think I really need to know in what circumstances you can get killed in one fell swoop without any forewarning of sort, even if you are in the best condition possibile (for me that probably would be: Terror <20, Fuel >15, Supplies >10, Crew >10, Hull >50).
I know that I could just begin to read some spoiler-free guides, but I really don’t want to. I think it should be up to me to imagine the best trade routes, the best set-ups before starting a new journey out at zee, etc. etc. I am already doing that and I think that getting that spoiled would be, at least for me, almost as bad as having some bits of the story content spoiled.
So, if you are going to help me, please don’t spoil me anything of the game that actually suggests you (even if in a really subtle way) that you can die by doing something even if you are in pretty good conditions. What I would like to know about are those events that don’t actually suggest something like that. Either way, thanks for reading.
EDIT: Maybe I wrote too much.
What is the maximum amount of hull damage, terror and number of crewmen killed that a single event can inflict upon you?
Obviously, events in which you are going to get the terror maxed out, your hull destroyed or your whole crew killed regardless of their level prior to the event itself are not to be considered.
edited by Blacklight on 2/21/2016