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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 8
02-01-2010, 07:57 AM
Beams suffer from energy drain to stop you beam boats from setting max weapon power and spaming them.
If there was no power drain on beams, cannons and conversly escorts would be pretty darn pointless.

The reason cannons suffer very little from power drain is beacause they are for escorts.
Escorts do one thing, and one thing only, BLOW STUFF UP
If they had the same power drain as beams they would be utterly usless because an escort only has a very short window of opertunity to deal his damage and then he has to either come about for another pass or run like buggery.

With a beam boat you couldnt care less where the target was, up, down, left, right, makes no differnce because you can always hit them.
With cannons you only have a very narrow 45 degree arc.

Anyways, you get the point I hope, because that was FAR too much typing :p