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iconians 01-02-2013 04:53 PM

T5 Romulan Entourage Non-Combat Pet Feedback
So, like many other players, I unlocked T5 Romulan reputation. And I wanted the Romulan Entourage non-combat pet to follow me around. It's actually kind of cool, and something I wanted in-game for a while (the whole idea of diplomats and aides following you around like you're important).

That said, I have to say I was fairly disappointed from an artistic perspective regarding the romulans -- mainly because I was hoping they'd be more aesthetically pleasing than the reman entourage (I didn't get the reman entourage because I don't like the way remans look, but that's just personal preference).

First of all, they're way too tall. My character is like 6 foot tall(ish). The Romulan entourage stands at a massive 7 or 8 feet tall. Not particularly realistic since most Romulans are rather average-sized. I know players like to make their character super-tall, but I hold Cryptic's artists to a higher standard and expect realistic aliens as seen in the Star Trek IP.

Second of all, their faces look way too disfigured. They can barely pass as humanoid, let alone romulan. Their brows are way too protruded, to the point you can barely see their eyes. They have unrealistic comically exaggerated chins and jaws. It's almost as if one of the artists at Champions Online jumped over to Star Trek Online and created the Romulan Entourage NPCs with the perspectives of a comic book NPC from our sister game.

And they both look alike. The entourage consists of twin brothers. There's no variety. There's no randomness. An entourage should be extremely diverse. If different romulan diplomats can't appear each time you activate/deactivate the non-combat pet, then the same two romulans should look extremely different from one another. One male, one female, or one dark-skinned, one light-skinned, one with different hair than the other (even though most Romulans all have the bowl cut, there is diversity in STO regarding bowl cuts).

Last, but not least... they're both in the brawler stance. Am I to believe that romulan diplomats following me around are going to look around them looking for a fight, despite Mol'Rihan encouraging and embracing a more peaceful Romulan government? Also taking into account they're supposed to be a non-combat pet?

On the plus side:

The romulan robes look absolutely fantastic and beautiful. I particularly like the metallic hair decorations on their sideburns. I thought they were communication devices, but upon further inspection they look decorative, and it's very cool.

I'm also really impressed with their idle chatter, but a lot of what they say sounds extremely out of place given the stance they're in, and their comically unrealistic appearance.

Romulans in STO look normal. They look like normal romulans. Even Hakeev looks normal (if distinguished given his role as a villain). But these romulan entourage NPCs look like eyesores, truth be told.

I would personally suggest using templates based on existing Romulan NPCs (there are plenty around the game), and putting them in those robes. I would also change their stances to the thoughtful stance -- since they are diplomats and while Romulans aren't vulcan, Romulans are the sort to appear stoic and attentive. The brawler stance looks more appropriate for klingons, not the romulans. I would also consider the relaxed stance or the stern stance.

I would also consider putting in a behavior so that they'd do different idle animations as they're summoned. Maybe an animation where they write on a PADD, or they laugh perform a conversation emote while saying something.

Just my honest critique. If anyone else has unlocked and purchased the Romulan entourage, what do you think of their art?

molikor 01-04-2013 03:35 AM

I have to aggree with everything in your post, at least in regards to the Romulan Entourage. I would like to add that it would be nice to occasionally have them or at least one be female. You have some very good suggestions for remedying it too. Just hoping these are placeholders to be updated after holiday season rush.

I wanted to make the Remans as well, but since making these, any project that requires doff to do, won't allow or recognized that you have the ones you need for it. I happen to like the Remans allot, but saddened that they avoided doing female ones too. Very silly to leave out a gender. Is it because of some mainstream ideal of beauty? Mayhaps there is a bit of fear in this area.

eisenw0lf 01-04-2013 03:51 AM

My guess is that they are an unfinished placeholder, like so many things from the Romulan reputation system and embassy.

If a dev should read this I would also like to suggest again that the entourage should be made a permantent 'pet' item and not stay in this current form of a 4-hour consumable. I would totally understand such a limited time IF they would fight when attacked like player summoned security guards do. However, they don't. They are just a 'pet' without the basic function of other pets in this game which is unlimited uses. Like these items they are supposed to be vanity stuff which you activate when you want your character just to stand somewhere and look cool, but their timer defeats this purpose completely. So please remove this timer and raise their costs accordingly.

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