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# 13
04-18-2013, 07:42 AM
Originally Posted by psycoticvulcan View Post
Here's what I'm thinking:

You go to the Khitomer's bridge, where Taggart assigns you to join an away team beaming over to help the [ShipName] fight off a Borg boarding party. The [ShipName] has lost most of its crew, including all but one of the senior staff. Over the course of the tutorial the last senior officer from the [ShipName] dies, as does your away team leader. Meanwhile, the Khitomer comes under attack and is assimilated.

Being the highest-ranked officer left on board, you go to the [ShipName]'s bridge and take command. After helping fight off the invasion in much the same way you do in the current tutorial, the assimilated Khitomer warps in and you have to destroy it.

I don't think that's any less implausible than what we have now. Under such circumstances, I wouldn't think it really matters whether you're assigned to the [ShipName] or not.
That's pretty much what I was suggesting. There is almost no one left on the [player ship] and if the away team leader is taken out (which is a great excuse to force you to seek out the EMH) you are literally all that there is.

You're right that once you retake the [player ship] and reestablish contact with the Khitomer, there needs to be a good reason they don't beam over more experienced officers to relieve you. They can't lower shields if they're battling a cube.

I would say that the Khitomer shouldn't be assimilated right away as that just means you have to fight it before you've gone through the space tutorial. If the Khitomer is actively holding off the cube, and the [player ship]'s weapons are damaged, retreat is a prudent action. (And a good way to teach about ship movement.)

(I'm really starting to think I should mock this up as a Foundry mission in order to illustrate it effectively.)