Duty Officers 101
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Join Date: Dec 2007
06-19-2011, 10:27 AM
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Your active roster could be all Science duty officers, or all Tactical officers, or all Engineering officers, or any mix thereof. There are restrictions on the number of particular specializations; for example, while you might be able to have everyone on your active roster be from the Medical branch, you still could only have three of them be of the Nurse specialization.
Duty officers eaten by bridge officers destined to be a Department Head are gone as soon as they are eaten.
The problem is that the duty officer assignment interface takes up a big chunk of the screen, so unless you had a monster monitor, you wouldn't be able to see the shuttle. Geko would really like to do this, though, so we're still looking into something like when you close the window it activates the effect...but that might require tech.
If your Science bridge officer ate two Doctors and a Nurse, the Doctors and the Nurse would go away. If you slotted your Science bridge officer as your Medical Department Head, those Doctor and Nurse passive abilities would kick in.
Regarding hailing, I would like to see it as you describe it and it's a known issue, but it is actually pretty far out of my area so I cannot really comment intelligibly on the likelihood of it. It's true that Department Heads are not associated with specific ships, though of course you could switch them when you switched ships.
As for promoting bridge officers to Captain, that is also, I am afraid, out of my area, so I can't actually answer that.
Duty officers come in various ranks up to lieutenant junior grade, if I recall correctly. You cannot promote them. While I won't categorically rule out that it will never be possible, it actually would cause some issues with other systems, so I doubt it will.
The different departments will require a bridge officer of the appropriate branch. So, yes, your Operations bridge officer must be an engineer, while your Tactical or Security department heads must be a tactical officer.
What about the helmsman? I always find my second tac officer usually ends up sitting at the pilot's seat on most of my bridges, are you going to designate a helmsman?