You have a really confusing mindset.Maybe you guys enjoy blockspamming 30+ layers of armor, but fact is; game assets, almost all community content, and casual players do not build to this codex.
This config is fine for MP-servers that want to play like this, but Forcing it on the entire community (singleplayer included), is BS.
I do not doubt the quality or intention.
The intention is clear, it is all about elite hardcore Pvp...
I recall reading something about hopes that the current code-limits will be lifted so that more than 32 layers of armer are possible.
This was not just "balancing", everything has been re-written to fit accordingly to the elite PvP agenda (of this small closed group), and as far as I can tell; balance issues are still prevalent.
... and it is a very restrictive config, it's that simple.
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Do you think we want small npc ships with 30+ layers of armor in front? Do you think it is possible to make armor work without putting armor on a ship? Do you think buffing thin armor layers wouldn't make small ships unbearable tanky?
Your posts don't make any sense. If you want to tank with armor you need armor. If you want to fill your ship with systems then do it but as soon as your shield breaks people will rip through all your systems in no time. That is called shield tanking and armor tanking. That is not a high and mighty pvp concept, just general ship building concepts. Also I'm not sure why you want to limit balanced combat only to pvp. At some point pve will happen in starmade and you want interesting fights and a variety of ships there.
Out of your statement I read that you want that only shield tanking is viable (or killing small ship combat entirely) which makes me think you want to downgrade and restrict building options we opened back up which will also work on pve ships.
Your so called 'pvp agenda' you accuse us of is in reality a combat agenda and combat is a essential part of starmade since a very long time. Even without other players you can fight pirates and npcs. If fights are not interesting there is no reason for that whole feature and we could simply downgrade starmade to a ship voxel editor.