Ships are the vessels that each empire builds as it explores the galaxy and expands its empire. Ships come in a variety of configurations, but serve two main purposes;

  • exploration -- your ships gather information about the galaxy via two types of scanning: short-range scan (SRS), which reveals detailed information about any sectors that your ships occupy, and long-range scan (LRS), which reveals fewer details about adjacent sectors within scan range of your ships. Each ship has a scan rating that determines how many sectors distant it can gather LRS data.
  • combat -- your ships will attack other ships to conquer and defend worlds in your empire. The number of guns and defense points (DP) that your ships possess will determine their relative strength in combat.

See the section on Ships for more details about them.