I'm a total beginner in regards to MoO, but I think I understood colonies/research/production/etc. pretty good by now. The only thing I get lost about is designing ships. Every ship I design seems to be either horribly expensive to produce, gets shoot down within seconds, or doesn't do enough damage. Are there any general rules about ship design, like "use X of your space for weapons/computers/etc. to get a nice ship"? What are generally useful types of ships? I've read some of Sullas reports, and he mentioned things like "Gunboats" or other such names. Are those general abbreviations that are used throughout the community to refer to specific types of ships? If yes, is there a list of those?