After the last patch I have found myself under constant attacks from pirates in my game, for 8 consecutive turns I have been attacked by pirates in one of two particular systems.
Is this intended and I am just unlucky, or have I stumped onto a bug. It is annoying for me to sit and fight a 10 minute battle against pirates every turn, I don't want to lose more than the condemned freighter every damn turn.
I had a spat of games where every other turn one of my three starting systems would be bombarded by asteroids. It seems that the % chances of these sort of events happening have been increased to somewhat stupid levels.
They are treated as random encounters based solely on freighters, if you have freighters Pirate attacks will happen at random occasions, the problem is that after the latest patch pirate attacks are all too frequent and since the way freighters are treated (no player control to just tell them to retreat and thus the pirates almost always get a kill) my trade income has plummeted.
Well damn, built 5 Police Cutters on my trading planets and the Pirate raids stopped altogether, not one in 20 turns. If I had known that earlier I would have expanded at least twice as much in the 100 turns I am in my current game.
The more freighters you have in a system the more police cutters you need to fend off the pirates. I've found a ratio of 1:1 cutters to freighters up to 10 cutters essentially eliminates pirate attacks. Major trade hubs are very vulnerable to this sort of thing but the police cutters are handy against random encouters, pirates, slavers, etc. Even enmasse with a combat fleet they can put some hurt on the AI.
I've never seen a police cutter show up in combat. When I build one, they're automatically set to the side like how freighters are. They show up on the list to repair, so I know they exist, but they never participate in battles that I can tell. Do I need to do something different?