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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 7
02-17-2010, 02:04 PM
Originally Posted by JJR512 View Post
You're trying so hard to be a smart-ass and make me look stupid, but sorry, it's not going to work this time.

I understand there needs to be consoles, I understand I can't get a hundred bridge officers and expect to use all of their abilities.

My escort ship has four console slots and four bridge officer slots. I know you know how that works, and I want to make it clear that I know how that works, too.

I only have four bridge officers in total, so I'm most definitely not trying to use abilities of BOs that aren't in slots.

What I am trying to find out is why are my BOs, except for the one bonus tactical officer, all limited to using only ensign-level abilities? I'm a lieutenant commander, my ship is a the free ship I got after making that rank, and all my BOs have been promoted to lieutenants, and all have had their lieutenant-level space skills increased by one--except, ironically, the one tactical officer whose ability, it seems, is the only one I actually get to use. So, you see, I'm a bit upset about that, a bit upset that I unwittingly wasted all those BO skill points on abilities that it now seems I don't get to use, and making smart-ass comments about Troi sitting on Picard's head isn't really helping, especially when I thought I made it fairly clear in the original post that I'm trying to find out how to use abilities of BOs that are already in BO ship slots.

What I really need to know is, at my current rank of lieutenant commander, will I always be limited to one tactical lieutenant ability and three ensign abilities (one of each type), or is there any way at all to get to be able to use the lieutenant abilities of the other three officers that are already in a BO ship slot?
The way ships are designed, their primary "Career" will have higher ranking BO stations while the other two careers will have lower ranking. So you are correct that at commander you will get your non primary career bo stations up to LT while the primary will be lt comdr and 1 ens if I recall correctly. At captain then the primary stations go cmdr and lt with the secondaries remaining LT and at rear admiral the primary goes cmdr and lt cmdr with the secondaries remaining LT *but* depending on the ship choice you will have an extra ensign station of either secondary.

I believe ships are designed this way to bring a balance to ship choices. That way an escort captain can't have the massive survival skills of eng or the crowd control abilities of science for example.

As far as wasting points, any ground skills they have when fully promoted they will be able to use. Only the space skills are limited based on ship stations available. Also, BO skill points are unlimited, so you will always have some on hand or easy ways to get some.