Death of a Fleet
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Join Date: Dec 2007
Death of a Fleet
09-02-2010, 03:58 AM
Years back I ran into a greta bunch of guys who showed a sense of sportsmanship and fair play playing Starfleet Command-II . I'd done some ladder play with the first SFC, but SFC-II hauled out a workable Multiplayer campain system based on control of space. Each faction had its strengths and weeknesses. Klingon ships were noted for thier phenominal manuverabilty and the ability to put a great deal of damage on target in a short amount of time. I'd played the board game called Star fleet battles years before and still have all my rules, counters etc. They called themselves, these guys I ran into, The "Klingon Black Fleet"
Well they showed me there was a small but willing Klingon presence in the game. Now we were horridly outnumbered by Fed players. But I shared what I knew from playing SFB, and showed them how it translated right over to SFC. We began to develop tactic around the ships. And we got good.. We got real good. The stories I could tell all of you of the fantastic campagns we had over a 3 year span while the game was activly supported by Taldren studios could filll weeks. Battles epic in scale stratigic moves, and counter moves. I don't thenk there were ever more then a few hundred Klingon players, but there was a core of about 50 of which I still today consider myself honored to have been apart of. Out numbered at all times we fought hard, and fought clean and won time and again. After several years Activision purchased the rights to the game system and had Taldren develop a simplified version of the game set in the next gen time period called Starfleet command -III.
Now I never liked SFC-III because to me it was essentially a dumbed down ame to make itmore approchable to the non-hardcore gamer types. Just as a heads up SFC-II, orion Pirates is still played today. The game was tight, and it worked. Of course getting it to run under Vista , and morer recently Win-7 has been problematic but the lot of us came back for more.
Along come STO. It looks good and we're starving for ship combat in a trek setting. The kids we played with had grown up, got job, got families, got degrees but we stayed in touch if only barely.
STO released and we flooded in. A buddy of mine took a hit from Katrina so I floated him a lifetime membership out of my pucket. I even bought game time for a few of my old buds because I could afford it. Theres over 50 names on the fleet roster for KBF in STO.
Theres 5 of us still playing, and only 2 of the five activly.
I see ships, uniforms, playable races.. super ships for the feds and more on the way.. For the Klingons we did finally, months after the game released got some damd nice PvE content. Very well done content. Beutifull content. And one new ship. And ugly ship thats doesn't look Klingon (because its not) Aship thats damd hard to create a usefull role for. The feds have 4 refit ships and the new excelsior and every last one of them frankly rocks. Thier great ships.. And thier going to get a nebula which reportedly will have a special ability that will esentially readner cloaking null and void.
All of the fed ships have these wonderfully usefull abilities intrinsic to the ship. Bluntly put, Klingons don't have ****, and Klingon players have been fleeing the game left, right, and center.
Now here is the interesting part. Give them an even break as a faction in this game and a good many of them would come flooding back. Better then half. Make Klingon space larger. Give us patrol type PvE missions like the feds have so we can attract new players which are a bit leary of PvP (and for good reason) Cease and disist with teh stat creep thats going on. Clean up the artwork specificly for the K'Tinga/D-7 so that the shiop model is a lot more correct to the film D-7's and K'tinga's,, Please to remember that the D-7 is our enterprise. The K'tinga is our grail as Klingon. Certainly the ships from TNG and beyond are well and good and certainly to be expanded apon. But the D-7 hull form is the quinticentchal Klingon ships. A ship hull that was still serving with the Klingon fleet into the TNG era and beyoond because its a well proven, trusted design. It s a battle cruiser. I've made suggestions for a d-7 refit, and so have many others, The Vor'cha and Neg'ver are Dreadnaught and Battleship respectivly. The Vorcha is the largest ship by lore that would operate independently and was built as a response to the large federation ships that appeard during the TNG era. The Neg'var is a fleet command ship that is heavy on firepower.. Very Heavy. A federation Galaxy class should be out gunned by one by a significant degree. A Neg'var is the Anvil of a fleet and should be a terror to have to fight.
I shelled out money for 2 life time memberships. I've bought C-Stor credits and didn't complain one little peep when about 700 c-store credits went POOF on the tribble test server, andf the item I bought on Tribble had to be repurchased on Holodeck. Fed players complained Klingon ships were to powerfull, so you gave the fed players ships that were even more powerfull, and loaded with special abilities. And now they have even more.
You guys and gals at cryptic have driven my friends away due to your actions, or lack there of. You inaction has lost you money accept from fools like me who belived. I still play because after all I still have that life time membership. I feel like an utter idiot.
So thank you for what little you have given me for the around $500-$600 I've spent for your phenominally disapointing product. 2 E-puchases of the collectors addition, one store purchase of a delus collectors eddition, 2 life time memberships, and at least $120 in the C-storeof which no less then a 1/3 went poof because C-Store item purchased on the test server reduced my account total.
I've deleated the tribble install of the game. I'm not going to test for you any more. I've deleated 5 rank 51 characers, mostly fed, and a number of Klingon toons because accolades were showing up and I'd givien up on a fix. I tend to abort away team exploration missions because I still have missions where my away team members drop through the map and dissapear. I have yet to finish any one the big end content missions because I no longer have people to play with on the Klingon side. because Cryptic did not deliver on an implied promise that Klingons were a faction in an MMO.
I'm bitter as hell, and angry as hell, and I have half a mind to take ya;ll to court for breach of promise and see if I can recover any of my money because when it come right down to it, I have not enjoyed myself.
You Owe Me. And you owe the rest of the Klingon players. Every single last one of us. We want our missions, we want our ships, we want out piece of Star trek, and we are tired of waiting. Most of us have allready left. The Federation won the war. And when I hear some fed player whine that PvP sucks I want look at 'em and tell its thier whiny ass fault. Fed players whined that Klingons were to powerfull, give us better ships. So you did. Klingon cloaks are unfair! But everyone seemed to have over looked the fact that feds has Science class ships. Well, theres a fed ship has cloak and guess what? Klingons don't have a science ship to detect them. And one on the way which will utterly negate cloak in the Nebula class. So Klingons wont dare use it because if we're cloaked we have no shields. Universla bridge officer slots Whine whine whine.. Feds are going to start getting those too..
I have absolutly no doubt what so ever that when the Vor'cha refit finally appears it'll have been pre nerfed so fed player can beat it with out even getting a callouse on the mouse button finger.
SO heres what I want.
All current bridge officer slots on all ship become universal slots..and no changes in the number of slots or the ranks of the BO's in them. All Klingon battlecruiser class hulls get science abilities. Double the fighter capacity of Klingon carriers AND Feds DO NOT GET CARRIERS! If I have to go into Pvp out numbered and out gunned, I want an equalizer. I want a statsis field generator.. Something that'll put a fed ship in a hold state for 15-30 seconds so that just maybe I as a Klingon can even up the numbers a bit. I want TORPEDO CRUISERS., a ship that can volley multiple trop launchers in an overloaded state. I want ships with special technologies the Feds don't get EVER! I don't care how much they whine.
And I want it yesterday. I want a fair playing field. I want the same opportunitied the fed players have.
And I want an edge to counter the edge you keep giving fed player more and more of.
I want to kick butt! I want the fed player to hit PvP with fear and trepidation because they know without any doubt thet they are about to get tested to thier breaking point. You broke the Klingons for the benifit of your federation player. Don't you think it our turn yet? When do WE get to break THEM?
Khemaraa Iron Hand
"Your fear the Klingon, In this you need not apologize,"
(Krenn to Amanda, Wife of Sarak, Mother of Spock, at a diplomatic conference on Earth 30 years prior to the Voyages of the NCC-1701 Enterprise. J.M.Ford's "the Final Reflection"
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