Against an enemy i should have, and could have defeated easily, i was hindered by misses.
You know, that thing i have no control over, that's just a roll of dice that either makes things work out well, or makes things not work at all.
then, as i struggled to disable the shields, every time i managed to hit it, it resisted the damage to the subsystem.
So i wasn't defeated by a more powerful foe, i was severely damaged by a random number generator.
But i held on, and searched desperately for a store, Through an entire sector, and then through 75% of a second one, and no store.
And then finally, i die.
Not to fleet artillery, or a missile weapon, not to an acid hazard or mine field, not to boarders or a full volley, not to a shield piercing beam or ASB, no, none of those.
BUT TO A RANDOM EVENT.