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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 6
01-31-2010, 11:18 AM
Or maybe they should add a debuff if you broadside someone for too long...why should one class of ship be penalized for maximising their fire power, when a cruiser or science ship can do the same just by circling?
Because backpedalling is not maximizing your firepower... It's removing all drawbacks of a small arc.

If you allow a Cruiser or a Science vessel to keep you permanently on their broadside angle (70) then you have a serious problem because they rotate slower than an escort. With the numbers on the hand... An Escort captain that mounts 90 weapons can always avoid broadsiding and still keep 24/7 his firepower on his target... For as long as it's a science/cruiser and BOTH captains have trained their respective ship maneuvering skills.

...There is also the "slight" difference that a ship that has to broadside is giving all the range initiative to the one that is "frontally loaded"... The "escort" captain will decide at any moment the range of the engagement keeping most his firepower intact... Not to mention that a ship broadsiding cannot use any heavy weapon and if it tries to use 3 or more energy weapons will ultimately drain all its power.

That's why Cannons are restricted to Escorts... Because in hands of any player interested in maneuvering, are the best weapons... It's would be madness to encourage a gameplay were those weapons in fact would be even better if their users played as turrets neglecting the key differences of an escort.