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Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 434
# 8
01-03-2013, 05:07 AM
I think most can agree that there are some more pressing issues. That being said, it doesn't mean that there aren't other things to consider.

It would be more interesting to see what might happen if the ship extending took some of the incoming damage to their own shields. Maybe there could be a shield system drain component.

I'd hate to swing the escort defense pendulum too far (especially considering my own respawn rate) but I would love to see the ship type effect the value of their own heals. A Cruiser using ET1 would be at current levels but an Escort would have like bit of a reduction with Sciencd somewhere in the middle. I do like the emphasis of speed in Escort defense so I'd rather that didn't take too much of a hit.

Things still need to die so I'd rather not see damage take too much of a hit. That being said, diminishing returns on Tac Consoles could be just the ticket to equalize (while still favoring escorts as it should) some of the damage potential across classes. Diminishing returns hasn't stopped people from stacking resistance and there are a significant number of alternate build and console options. Then again, I admit to a bit of prejudice against pure energy builds on any ship. I don't think it's good for gameplay or that it was intended to be as efficient as it is to the detriment of more varied builds.

The Engineering energy consoles are a joke so enhancing the can only add greater variability to Engineering options. Assuming they are altered in careful ways I fail to see how that would be such a bad thing.

I don't know what it would entail but I'm interested in the gameplay potential for tractor beams that consider the mass and power of the two ships involved. Pets would only debuff a turn rate while they get pulled behind (the distance would slowly increase so that the hold could be broken with enough speed). Escorts might slow a Cruiser but would be similarly towed along for a bit. BoPs might be towed by an Escort.

I could see a buff to damage potential from Gravity well but I'm concerned about a buff to any of the power drains like Tykens. Powerful AoEs are especially problematic for balance. There was a time when you could use counters (like PH or Omega) but another escape option was a battery or diverting all power to engines before popping Evasive's. increase the hold strength and damage but return to the times when this combo was effective. You don't need to rocket out 30k away instantly but it should still be better than burning batteries and Evasive's and just sitting. Warp-plasma is good for that too.

Power bonuses by ship class. Aside from this and bridge officer slot options, there isn't much else that ship class does to effect there intended jobs. I'd like to see power level bonus removed from all but Cruisers who would also get an innate bonus to parts of the Engineering skill tree. An assault cruiser might split the skill tree bonus between Engineering and low level Tac skill tree options. This would be great for making Sci/Sci particularly powerful because they too would get a bonus to the Sci skill tree that is decoupled from aux power level. It would be harder to get Aux up there but that's where build and play style come in. Escorts would have strong Tac skill bonuses but it would be harder to reach 125 weapon power making it a bigger choice between survivability and packing as much punch as possible.

I know there are loads of other things to discuss, some more important than others. All I want is a fun, reasonably level playing field, that increases variability in builds and access for all.
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