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Join Date: Nov 2012
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02-24-2013, 03:26 PM
Well, we do have a couple forums dedicate to this kind of stuff(namely the Federation and Klingon Shipyards), but here are a couple quick pointers:

Swap your tactical consoles to a single energy weapon damage type(Polaron, for example, if you like your purple pew-pews).

Science consoles should probably stick with boosting either shield capacity or shield regeneration - depending if you're running higher aux or shield power, respectively.

Engineering Consoles should be resistance armor, obviously. Neutronium if you don't want to hassle with it, otherwise you can swap the damage types to match what you're fighting.

Weapons-wise, you're kind of all over the place. Despite what a lot of people will tell you, single cannons and/or turrets can work fine on cruisers. Likewise, cruisers also work quite nicely with beams using broadsiding tactics. However, I strongly urge you to stick to one or the other(cannons or beams, not both).

The Star Cruiser can squeeze just enough agility out to be able to use torpedos effectively(I'd still strongly recommend having a power to inertial dampeners on standby). Anyways, some example builds I've tried that I enjoy:

1x Dual Beam Bank, 2x Beam Array, 1x Torp Tube
3x Beam Array, 1x Torp Tube

This is the more or less the status quo for cruisers, good at broadsiding to take out shields, then finishing things with torpedos. Additionally, the DBB gives it a little more forward bite and makes Beam Overload a viable option.

2x Dual Beam Bank, 2x Torp Tube
2x Beam Array, 2x Torp Tube

This one is a bit more torpedo heavy, but the weapon arrangement allows you to run with less weapon's power, and thus is nicer for a support role. A pair photons will auto-fire without delay, but quantum/plasma and higher will need some projectile doffs to work with only two tubes.

3x Cannon, 1x Torp Tube
3x Turret, 1x Chroniton Mine

More of a strike/lance cruiser build. Cannons perform better at closer range, so this build is a careful balancing act of constaintly approaching your target(s). Once you reach the point of no return, Ejecting Warp Plasma along with Evasive Manuevers will allow you to quickly snare your prey, get some distance, and come about for another pass. This tends to work better with Klingon Cruisers, but single cannons can still get the job done(and are a bit more forgiving). The Chroniton Mines are obviously for another layer of snaring.

There are other builds with more specialty to them, obviously, but these are the three I probably bounce through the most.