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Today I was doing Fleet Starbase Defense and what was our enemy of choice? The Borg... That was bad enough but consider that what we have here are Borg ships Vs. folks in MIRANDAS! I was max level but there were a number who were not.

This happens all the time where you get low level folks in these missions and while it would be fine for them to team together at a lower level against lower level enemies it is very bad when they mix with higher level folks. No matter WHAT you do to boost a Miranda it will NEVER have the power of a lvl 50 in a Tier 5 ship. It will pop fast, deal next to no damage, and have no worthwhile support powers. So essentially you have allowed us to go into battle with ships that may as well not be there instead of actual helpers.

Now understand, this is not a rant against new players at all. It is not their fault they get teamed with higher level folks to battle these outrageous forces. There just NEEDS to be a level lock on these missions so that either everyone who does them NEEDS to be lvl 50 OR they will at least only get paired with folks in their same grade.


On a side Rant though... The enemy ships in these are stupid buffed. I mean I have flown a number of these Klingon ships and they are nowhere near that powerful. Isometric Charge is only that deadly after maxed Attack Pattern Alpha & Omega III with full Particle Generators when it has bounced to its limit as a for instance. The Bortasqu' is a very powerful and tough ship but it does not have shields that have 100's of thousands of hit points per facing that regenerate in the tens of thousands per click. I have never liked the "Cheating" enemy who is just OP for the sake of being OP. I do not mind the Borg being super vicious but can we maybe have the ships we can actually FLY behave the way ours do? Otherwise it begs the question why our ships are so much less powerful.
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# 2
11-06-2012, 02:13 PM
I have really conflicted feelings about this. On one hand, I completely agree with you that the presence of low-tier ships, even when they are level-adjusted, make it hard to win the fleet missions. On the other hand, I like that "realism" of seeing a somewhat representative mix of ships (other than just the high-end tier 5 and lockbox stuff), and I think its important to involve lower-level characters in the fleet content (and not in a "separate but equal" low-level version). If nothing else, playing with experienced captains will help the new players develop important skills earlier in their careers and will expose them to enemies they otherwise would not face.

Maybe a better solution would be to scale the rewards based on the character levels present -- so if you have two Vice Admirals and three LT5s on a Fleet Alert, the game would see that you are doing a 250-level mission with only 115 levels and make the Fleet Mark rewards x2.17. This way, even if you lose the mission because of inadequate DPS, you would be compensated by higher rewards for the early stages.

Or maybe I'm just crazy

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# 3
11-06-2012, 02:19 PM
In all fairness 3 VAs properly set up for PvE should be able to carry two Mirandas while yes it is annoying as long as the lowbies are a minority it should be ok

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# 4
11-06-2012, 02:56 PM
Maybe 3 VA tacticals in escorts, but not in cruisers or science ships.

I still don't understand why they just don't scale this damned event like they do with the Mirror Universe event.

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# 5
11-06-2012, 03:24 PM
Perhaps the real solution lies in refining how lower level players are boosted - because you are right, its not sufficient at the moment. It can actually be rather dull to only have one or two abilities in your miranda while the enemies have significant hitpoint buffers.

Although it would be important to adjust the system in a more innovative ways (as opposed to upper their boosted damage output and HP) so as not to encourage high level players from returning to lower tier ships as a mainstream way of steamrolling content with little effort or button mashing.

I want to continue to see lower level players mix with higher levels - but the rewards need to be attuned to each group and one group should not hamper the other.
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# 6
11-07-2012, 03:02 AM
A couple of comments here...

Battle of Wolf 359. That had Mirandas and the like fighting the Borg alongside Defiants and Sovereigns. Why not in game too?

These are fleet missions. Which means that everyone in a fleet should be able to join in. This will be the reason for allowing Lieutenants on the same map as VAs. Gating people by level will remove a lot of the purpose of these events - allowing fleets to work together the achieve a goal.
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# 7
11-08-2012, 04:13 AM
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Originally Posted by hasukurobi View Post
Today I was doing Fleet Starbase Defense and what was our enemy of choice? The Borg... That was bad enough but consider that what we have here are Borg ships Vs. folks in MIRANDAS! I was max level but there were a number who were not.

This happens all the time where you get low level folks in these missions and while it would be fine for them to team together at a lower level against lower level enemies it is very bad when they mix with higher level folks. No matter WHAT you do to boost a Miranda it will NEVER have the power of a lvl 50 in a Tier 5 ship. It will pop fast, deal next to no damage, and have no worthwhile support powers. So essentially you have allowed us to go into battle with ships that may as well not be there instead of actual helpers.

Now understand, this is not a rant against new players at all. It is not their fault they get teamed with higher level folks to battle these outrageous forces. There just NEEDS to be a level lock on these missions so that either everyone who does them NEEDS to be lvl 50 OR they will at least only get paired with folks in their same grade.


On a side Rant though... The enemy ships in these are stupid buffed. I mean I have flown a number of these Klingon ships and they are nowhere near that powerful. Isometric Charge is only that deadly after maxed Attack Pattern Alpha & Omega III with full Particle Generators when it has bounced to its limit as a for instance. The Bortasqu' is a very powerful and tough ship but it does not have shields that have 100's of thousands of hit points per facing that regenerate in the tens of thousands per click. I have never liked the "Cheating" enemy who is just OP for the sake of being OP. I do not mind the Borg being super vicious but can we maybe have the ships we can actually FLY behave the way ours do? Otherwise it begs the question why our ships are so much less powerful.
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