Survivor of Romulus
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# 1 New Beam Weapon Type?
10-09-2013, 03:39 AM
We all know that cannons are probably the most popular weapon type in the game. All the leading escorts use them and now with the introduction of the Avenger cruisers will also be using them. Let's look at the different cannon types to start with, single canon, dual cannons, dual heavy cannons and then turrets (if you count that last one). Then for beams we have beam arrays and then dual beams. There's an obvious lack of choice when it comes to beams at the moment when compared to cannons so I have a proposal.

I present to you, the heavy beam array!

There are different ways we could go about this, for increased damage you could either reduce it's firing arc from 250 degrees to say 210? Or you could think back to Starfleet Command and make it similar to the standard and F type phasers, one fires quicker with less damage per shot or a slower firing rate for higher damage.

I know it's only a basic suggestion at the moment, but I think it would be nice for fans of beams to have an alternate type to use depending on their play style. I know Galaxy fans would like to see a beam array with the charge up effect like we saw in TNG instead of the little pew pew beams we have presently. Interested to know what you folks think.
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Captain
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# 2
10-09-2013, 03:49 AM
There is probably a good chance the new rep will have heavy beam turret arrays, anyone who has access to tribble would of experienced this weapon because of the voth using them, may only be antiproton but, would expect something like this for us in the voth task force rep ( annoyingly does mean new grind!!! ).
Captain
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# 3
10-09-2013, 08:23 AM
Heavy beam arrays and beam turrets, plain and simple. Should have been in the game when it launched since it absolutely makes no sense at all it's not in the game...
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# 4
10-09-2013, 08:39 AM
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Originally Posted by z3ndor99 View Post
There is probably a good chance the new rep will have heavy beam turret arrays, anyone who has access to tribble would of experienced this weapon because of the voth using them, may only be antiproton but, would expect something like this for us in the voth task force rep ( annoyingly does mean new grind!!! ).
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Originally Posted by angrytarg View Post
Heavy beam arrays and beam turrets, plain and simple. Should have been in the game when it launched since it absolutely makes no sense at all it's not in the game...
Oh please for the love of Trek THIS!!! Do this Cryptic and it will be the most pleasurable rep.grind for me. I would hapily grind for heavy beam arrays and beam turrets. Just please, please make a phaser variation of them, I hate AP with a passion.

I realy hope this is brought on with the next rep., that Avenger with those tubes and the new cruiser comm arays just weep for setting up a beam boat.

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Captain
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# 5
10-09-2013, 08:53 AM
Shpoks unlike the other thread, this is something i totally agree with you on, i don't think we are alone on this either.
Commander
Join Date: Mar 2013
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# 6
10-09-2013, 11:26 AM
I definitely agree that we should have had beam turrets from the get go. I have some other ideas to present, though - wide and split beam arrays, based on ground weapons (but for ships).

Wide beam arrays would put out a cone shaped blast, dealing damage to all enemies in, say, a 15-20 degree arc from the target. Their range would be limited to maybe 5k instead of the normal 10 however.

Split beam arrays would work sort of like a mini fire at will. The beam will always hit your target, but it will also have a split, secondary beam that will hit a random enemy near your target.

Similarly, I would like to see compression cannons or something similar, which fire powerful (but slow) single blasts - like a compression pistol or sniper rifle.
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 240
# 7
10-11-2013, 02:07 PM
I completely support the Idea of new Beam weapons and Beam Cannons It would be a big step for making the game more canon I'm often annoyed about having VERY little choice about what weapons to use on my Escorts because every build involves filling the Fore weapon Slots with Dual Heavy Cannons and this infuriates me seeing Federation Starships spitting Cannon Volleys everywhere because in all the Series ALL of the Federation Escorts (Excluding the Defiant of Course) used Beam Arrays such as the Akira and the Prometheus so it would only be fair to have a more Beam based setup for Escorts that would still have a high DPS output but Use a more cannon weapon Setup and I'd gladly do all of my Reputation Systems again if it meant having Beams that can Finally Rival DHCs.

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Career Officer
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# 8
10-11-2013, 02:16 PM
http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/sh...d.php?t=769071

This was my proposal, if anyone wants to look it over and revive it. I still think it's a good idea. I just got tired of arguing with Escort jocks afraid of changing the status quo.
Commander
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 314
# 9
10-12-2013, 02:46 AM
I would say YAY! but i am pretty sure cryptic will find a way to hatefck beams once more. Thy hate beams, it is known.
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