I created the first weapons in the game yesterday, which were a few Beam Lasers. Sometime later today they should be installed on a starship for the first time.
I was going to just develop the starship combat first for 1 vs. 1, but I've decided to go ahead and have it account for other ships joining in since it would involve a lot of rework later on. This means I'll have to do a little more pre-work before I get started on the combat, but should be much more satisfying when it's done.
All combat will begin by one ship clicking Attack on another ships, but then friend vs. foe lists will be checked for any other ships/colonies at that location so if you have the defending ship on your Defend list, you will join in on their side. Conversely, if you have the attacking ship on your Support list, you'll join that side.