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Old May 2 2013, 01:20 AM   #3436
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Did I miss something? When does all that Romulan stuff go online to play?
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Old May 2 2013, 01:29 AM   #3437
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May 21st!

Baby steps to the 21st... baby steps to the 21st!
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Old May 2 2013, 12:08 PM   #3438
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I thought 21st or did they change it? 19th is the new film isn't it?
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Old May 2 2013, 07:50 PM   #3439
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D'oh! Your right, it comes out the 21'st. Sorry.
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Old May 4 2013, 10:50 PM   #3440
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The more I have tested Legacy of Romulus on Tribble, the more impressed I am with the quality of writing and direction in the expansion. Some of these Romulan episodes are incredible. The story is pretty gripping, and many of the new environments they've crafted are beautiful. Hakeev's ship, the New Romulus command center, the animated singularity core. All very lovely.

I am surprised at how many typos, spelling errors and incorrect word choices there are, though. An astounding amount. No wonder there are so many errors still on Holodeck, years after stuff has been released, if this is the level of care they've taken in the text in the past.
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Old May 5 2013, 03:34 AM   #3441
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I thought 21st or did they change it? 19th is the new film isn't it?
In my part of the U.S. it's the 16th. I'm not sure where most of you folks live, though.

Anyhoo, I'm looking forward to the new Romulan stuff. Very excited!

Right now I'm conflicted. I'm flying an escort (so I can do more PvP), and while I'm good at the pewpew, flying an escort doesn't feel like flying a starship. Yes, it's the Defiant, and it's got a lot of Trek history, but I prefer flying cruisers. The problem that arises with this is that cruisers don't do much of anything in PvP.

I've geared everything towards this escort, even using up most of my fleet credits and dilithium to outfit the ship with canons and gear to help me do better in PvP, and I am! In STFs I can obliterate enemies without getting much more than a scratch. In PvP I can do shield melting damage in seconds! But it feels like work now, instead of fun, imaginative, Star Trek play. Does that make any sense?
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Old May 5 2013, 06:30 AM   #3442
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Ok, here's what you do.

Log on on tribble, take the Excelsior out of mothballs, or the Sovereign refit if you want to go 24th century, fit her out with either Quantum (180° arc if you have it) or transphasic breen rapid fire torpedos.
Two launchers front and rear.
The rest phaser turrets.
Then you train your tactical officers torpedo skills.
Get those doffs that reduce your torpedo fire cooldown to an absolute minimum.
Reduce weapon power to a minimum, torpedos don't need it and the turrets fire at a high enough rate and proc relatively often to shut down subsystems.
Put enough power into the engines to get a good turn rate and the rest into a balance of shields and aux depending on how important your sci powers are to you and how much shields you need for survivability.
Respec and max out your torpedo/kinetic weapons, targeting skills, evasive and defense, you don't need a single point in energy weapons anymore.

Get a tractor beam or two, maybe a tachyon beam if you have the room.
Engineering should be standard defense, power to shields and engines, aux to structural integrity and a good offense power: warp plasma to shake of all the stubborn escorts in your rear.

Experiment with the fine tuning of this build.
Once your satisfied, copy the build on holodeck and have fun in pvp with a cruiser.

All careers should do well here. Engineers can survive the longest under heavy fire which is important with a torpedo build, as it's not a spike damage build, but deals steady heavy damage over time. Balance between shields, engines and aux should do well.
Tacticals max out the damage you will do. you have two arcs you can do heavy damage from. Thanks to the warp plasma, you might even be a little better from your rear arc which negates the disadvantage of your turn rate. High power to engines is a must.
Science can mess with other players systems and distract with holofleet and stuff. High power to aux to maximize your science captain powers.

This build should also work exceptionally well in a science ship like the Vesta or Intrepid which feels cruiser like enough. The Nebula might also be a very very good choice if you want that cruiser feeling but have more science power.

This build will not be a fast killer like the best escorts, but you will consistently score high, be competitive and contribute in a meaningful way.

Maybe get a refit console that compliments your build for an additional power.

my starting thought behind it is this: While everyone moans about killer cannons and escort zippy flying being mandatory and beams sucking to no end many people forget torpedos as a very canon weapon.
my inspiration for it was the final battle between General Chang and Kirk/Sulu. No one fired a single phaser shot in that scene. It was all torpedos.
Sure they lose massive damage against a sliver of shields, but they STILL deal impressive damage over time. Quantums by virtue of having the highest non-heavy torp damage and fast travel rate and transphasics by having a high bleed through (and if you don't care about the name they still look photon torpedo like enough).
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Old May 5 2013, 06:38 AM   #3443
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This sounds like a plan! I'll get right on that. Thanks Timelord Victorious!
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Old May 5 2013, 07:57 AM   #3444
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Timelord_Victorious wrote: View Post
Ok, here's what you do.
That's so great I'll giver that a try! Thanks you!
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Old May 6 2013, 01:27 PM   #3445
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Timelord_Victorious wrote: View Post
Ok, here's what you do.

Log on on tribble, take the Excelsior out of mothballs, or the Sovereign refit if you want to go 24th century, fit her out with either Quantum (180° arc if you have it) or transphasic breen rapid fire torpedos.
Two launchers front and rear.
The rest phaser turrets.
Then you train your tactical officers torpedo skills.
Get those doffs that reduce your torpedo fire cooldown to an absolute minimum.
Reduce weapon power to a minimum, torpedos don't need it and the turrets fire at a high enough rate and proc relatively often to shut down subsystems.
Put enough power into the engines to get a good turn rate and the rest into a balance of shields and aux depending on how important your sci powers are to you and how much shields you need for survivability.
Respec and max out your torpedo/kinetic weapons, targeting skills, evasive and defense, you don't need a single point in energy weapons anymore.

Get a tractor beam or two, maybe a tachyon beam if you have the room.
Engineering should be standard defense, power to shields and engines, aux to structural integrity and a good offense power: warp plasma to shake of all the stubborn escorts in your rear.

Experiment with the fine tuning of this build.
Once your satisfied, copy the build on holodeck and have fun in pvp with a cruiser.

All careers should do well here. Engineers can survive the longest under heavy fire which is important with a torpedo build, as it's not a spike damage build, but deals steady heavy damage over time. Balance between shields, engines and aux should do well.
Tacticals max out the damage you will do. you have two arcs you can do heavy damage from. Thanks to the warp plasma, you might even be a little better from your rear arc which negates the disadvantage of your turn rate. High power to engines is a must.
Science can mess with other players systems and distract with holofleet and stuff. High power to aux to maximize your science captain powers.

This build should also work exceptionally well in a science ship like the Vesta or Intrepid which feels cruiser like enough. The Nebula might also be a very very good choice if you want that cruiser feeling but have more science power.

This build will not be a fast killer like the best escorts, but you will consistently score high, be competitive and contribute in a meaningful way.

Maybe get a refit console that compliments your build for an additional power.

my starting thought behind it is this: While everyone moans about killer cannons and escort zippy flying being mandatory and beams sucking to no end many people forget torpedos as a very canon weapon.
my inspiration for it was the final battle between General Chang and Kirk/Sulu. No one fired a single phaser shot in that scene. It was all torpedos.
Sure they lose massive damage against a sliver of shields, but they STILL deal impressive damage over time. Quantums by virtue of having the highest non-heavy torp damage and fast travel rate and transphasics by having a high bleed through (and if you don't care about the name they still look photon torpedo like enough).
I am going to give that try bud, i feel my Excelsior could do more damage but i am not really that great at tuning to this fine a level, so thanks for that.
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Old May 6 2013, 03:06 PM   #3446
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Just keep in mind that torpedos are easily defended against.
A ship that loads up lots of kinetic armor will be able to shrug off the damage.
If you encounter such a ship get out of battle, switch to energy weapons, ramp up your weapons power and use DEMIII to melt his unprotected hull.
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Old May 6 2013, 04:00 PM   #3447
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Well i found a middle ground, i had been running all beams, but a respect see me doing very nice damage still with beams, but a nice crit hit with torp now and again, still got some fine tuning to do by my wee Exsel is kicking backside in those stfs.

Oh i dont do pvp, tried it way back in 2010 and all that happened was got shot to bits about 30 seconds after each round on started, never went back...i got the message. lol
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Old May 8 2013, 12:09 AM   #3448
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Looks like the janitor tripped over the cord... again... expected time for repair... currently unknown...
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Old May 9 2013, 06:57 PM   #3449
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Wow... the downtime is getting worse... You should see the UK people freaking out on the STO forums! They keep saying "Don't do this when we're coming home from work or school, instead inconvience the Americans..." How rude.
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Old May 9 2013, 07:00 PM   #3450
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Ahhhh, i was looking forward to a hour or so refining my build.

Managed to get a torpedo buff, beam overload II and fire at will III on my tac guy in my Excelsior refit, and i just found out you can assign crew to reduce torpedo reload times.

Good stuff.
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