I think either class change or this needs to be added to the c store.
the ability to swap lv 50 characters like they switched empires, and only empires, as if they were allowed to take each others places and switch all items and possesions like it was a character swap. Then you pay 250-500 zen and switch them around. Then you might get rid of the complicated nature of going through any class change mechanics and just swap preexisting ones. Plus make people work to get it. It could require a diplo level in doff exp or something also. It's a diplomatic or like exhange. But permanent! Then just make a way to take care of stuff invonvling fleets etc. Like a system that says they are going to swap and let them decide what to do with choices. Like accept them in at low level, accept them at current and same stats and levels, or reject them, or let me decide for custom, etc.
This will also get people to play and level multiple characters across empires!
Call it something like "A "day" in the life?!" and give it some other titles like Empire/Cultural exchange program. Even make it so they have to get so much Exp towards another empires missons somehow after you have started, or have high enough in a certain are to, per say, let your empire let you move to the other side.
Maybe a restarting of what Warf took part in, or a new version of it. But allow new people to go through it now.
The people switching would have their old class. And also keep their old looks etc if desired. But could even swap and use the saved stuff from the odl charcter. Maybe make it the decision of the player to decide if they want to save or mingle their saved uniforms. Not the ones in the uniform slots but the actual saved ones attached to the character. The could gain both so they can dress in each others uniforms etc or however they wished upon swapping.
And they would have to change ships keep the items the other charcter acquired and not fly or use your old stuff.. Flying the other empires stuff would be part of teh course. But what that character worked for would be accesible to that new character as if he were that new empire.
Basically a swaping of just the charcter and the most immediate superficial things! And the leaving of only the things that he gained from experience that apply!
This could also be done between accounts or just within accounts.... I would say atleast within accounts.
Part of the new program could be that it is high level officers so there is less likely hood of problems. And allows some intermingling of empires etc from an RP standpoing!
Characters shoudl keep anything attached to them like rep etc. Except where absolutely necesary. They could not take ships or equipment though. But none of equipment or progress related to those items should be lost!
It just realy sucks that you can get a character really far and hten realize he is not what you wanted. Especially since when you first start the game or have played something through you do not know what it is. Now I have classes with the wrong ships all over my account. And I DO NOT want to have to go through getting those to 50 and get the rep up again. This really should be added to the game. It should have always been in it.
There is almost no room in this game to do somethig wrong. and there is even less opportunity to know what you are doing ahead of time... It's absolutely rediculous. It's not like we learn everything about the ships likea captain does in the fiction. So having those demans is completely unreasonable! Let alone if someone decides to change. Don't people do that in the fiction? Don't captains have to obtain all areas of knowledge to start and have experience. It makes no sense....
And they could even do what seems to be their favorite thing. Sucking money out of people... This is something that really messes up my enjoyment of the game. You would think they would take that seriously. I will end up leaving hte game if they do not add this eventually.. IT is absolutely stupid. Espeically with how their game is design. They have wrenched me to much. They force too much on players! And it has no realistic fictional correlation.
Those space abilities and what not matter that much to play in this game. And I'm tired of being an engineer in an atrox. I though engineer would play out like what science does from the description. I have not managed to figure out one thing in this game correctly from descriptions. Not one iota. And I'm dang fing tired of being pushed around by it... I want my character the way I want it period. I'm sick of it! I want to ENJOY the game! How I want to! I am not spending a month plus regrinding rep. I use all of the stuff on my character to paly it out. I'm NOT redoing it! I will not re-waste my time for your game!! GET THAT THROUGH YOUR THICK SKULLS!
This isn't even like most games where one cahracter makes it easier to start a second. It's the same work and expenditure over again, even if you are paying for the game! How are the people making this game to dense to understand that. And I mean dense!! If you can't think out the perspective of the player stop making games and find a new career! STOP INSULTING, ATTACKING, AND BEGGING FROM YOUR CUSTOMERS!! It's sicking, and nausiating, frustrating as hell, and i'm getting damn tired of it! I will not resink money or time into what I already did in your game. UNDERSTAND THAT! You do not have the same situation other games do! Your game is 100 times more of a wrench on players! you are not the nicer company. You are lazier and greedier by a long shot!
^In case you get testy, this is called real, sincere, honest feedback. It is what companies run from!! Take it that there is a reason I feel this upset! Start taking it in and think about the game design more. You lack the ability to more than any other game company I have ever seen! I have seen them all basically. You are on par with those greedy little website games!
Stop punishing me for YOUR mistakes! Mistakes in your game design and how you disceminate information! You never take away a players ability to correct a mistake. YOU don't nor will you ever know how to design an evironment where that is reasonable! So get over it! Qut punishing and forcing players to give you more money! We will do it if we have the ability and we like your game! Try that as your company motto. stick with that and you will do really well as a game company!
YOU DO NOT RUN A BUSSINESS BY COERCION! If you are not intellignet or mature enough to understand that or do the work regardless. What on earth makes you think I want to give you money!
You do not punish a player for things they cannot, or do not have the ability to give them, or you do not give them the ability to know or do! And none of you seem to know how! Let alone punish them and then make them give you money. Your game is not something where that even remotely reasonable. It is very simple. I would like to enjoy it, but I am up to here with putting up with the coercion! You really need to turn around and understand the affects of your game design on players. Or stop purposely coercing players for things! That is not how you run a bussiness!
Trade is a mutual agreement. It should be equally agreed upon by both parties! And I'm getting really tired of getting shafted, and pushed around, and sucked dry in this deal.
Now I have classes with the wrong ships all over my account.
I didn't know there were "right" and "wrong" ships for classes. But to be honest, I use an escort on my fed engi, and a carrier on my KDF engi. Maybe I'm not able to understand.
And I DO NOT want to have to go through getting those to 50 and get the rep up again.
So, you went all the way to 50, then grinded the rep, and finally you found you don't like the class ? And you need several weeks to rep up to rank 5. Are you just extremely slow to make an opinion or something ? Because it seems you played this character for months, maybe more, before you realizing you didn't like it.
There is almost no room in this game to do somethig wrong.
Yet, it seems you did, and still complain.
It's not like we learn everything about the ships likea captain does in the fiction. So having those demans is completely unreasonable! Let alone if someone decides to change. Don't people do that in the fiction? Don't captains have to obtain all areas of knowledge to start and have experience. It makes no sense....
Before becoming captain, they spent years slowly climbing the ranks, starting as an ensign. They don't start as Captain.
And they could even do what seems to be their favorite thing. Sucking money out of people...
You are the one asking to PAY to change class. Rerolling is free.
And it has no realistic fictional correlation.
An engineer is a lot different than a scientist, or a military. You don't see a lot of engineer suddenly becoming doctor in a hospital, without studying.
Those space abilities and what not matter that much to play in this game. And I'm tired of being an engineer in an atrox.
Did you try to use another ship ?
I though engineer would play out like what science does from the description.
I have not managed to figure out one thing in this game correctly from descriptions. Not one iota.
This is the Engineer description, when you create a new character (what you did) :
Survivability, support generators, and controlling the paths of enemy advance with fieldworks. The Engineering officer can withstand the most damage by improving the performance of their personal shields, while supporting their away team with power generators or by bottlenecking the enemies advance with defensive mine fields. The Engineer's own combat effectiveness is improved by modifications to their firearms or support fire from fabricated turrets and drones.
Sounds accurate. Survability ? Check. Fieldwork ? Check. Power generators ? Mines ? Check and check.
It almost seems like that is the case already. From what I've experienced class matters a lot less in this game than your crew, ship and load-out.
Yea, but you need some captain abilities for science builds espeically. If I had understood the game I would have picked science and made other choices. We should really be able to correct those and go about our characters. The science build for me would be alot more productive and I would enjoy it alot more. But there is no way I am regrinding all the time sensative stuff(rep etc) and giving up my equipment. I will be playing a new game before that happens. I didn't spend that time to not enjoy and get my character how I like and get to explore the game. Pretty odd, for star trek of all things, to not let you freely explore the game. 8)
I would actaully enjoy the game alot more to switch my main to science on my atrox. But like I said I'm not undoing what work I put into it. I will have to find another game to play until or unless they change it and let me do what I want.
At the least they should let us learn another one and slowly transistion into that other class. In the real work yo pick up and learn new skills all the time. Why not make classes like skills but use exp bars. Then let you unlearn other ones as you relearn the other class. Then you can respec in a way as long as it is between classes(actually you could avoid touching skills altogether and make you respec it seperately like now, Just make skills of non affect until you level up to the correct level again under the new class!). But have it be like multi class where you cannot combine them. Just play them like you were that class. It would amke sense for this game and fiction. I mean you are supposed to learn all fields to become captian. Then you could just change between what is your main one you want ot use and keep regrinding into the other spec if you want to change. Then it's somethig to work for! AKA you slowly ungrind one class to become the other! But not crossing thier skills. It would be like making one lv 50 while the other one goes back down to level 1! We could pay 500 zen to open up the other class and have them both open(though not simultaneously playable.. Then if we wanted to change classes we could grind into it, with all that excess expertise even potentially, and switch it through normal game mechanics! Then you have either class and can go back and forth with work without loosing other aspect of the character. Then as you play the one you can go back and do the science etc stuff or engineering stuff you couldn't do before for fun etc. I would think with this game that would be doable!
Then all you do is literally choose which class you want to play that you have unlocked and grind just the character level!(do this through only allowing a total ammount of levels over all classes x/50!) It the switched with class skills you have and other normal options as if you were the other class. Then you can be multiple classes without being more than one at once! It would atleast give us the option of changing class. And give us the work of the normal level grind to be fair. Gold players could get all of them open all the time maybe with an exp bonus. And free players could pay to open the slots(engineer,sci,tac) before engaging in the work of grnding the new class up to use it!(while leaving all other aspects of the character as is!) Again only one class would be level 50 at one time! If one rises the others fall. And no benefit for multi class. Only pure downside!
Since level grinding isn't that hard it would be doable for this game. And it would still take long enough not to be unbalanced.
As for your boffs etc. leave them how they are and just black them out of higher skill until you are sufficient level again. Or leave them as is wihle you regrind etc. Even the skills could be left as is without blanking them out. You technically had level 50. and you still have 50 total levels. Just a way to make class changes doing pure character level grinding! You are still level 50 but those levels are transitioning! Then just keep a tab on levels seperate from class, (x/50) for everything not class related. And everything class related still connected to that classes level specifically! I think that is simple enough. I bet it could be pulled off.
Then make a new tab in the character screen that has the level bars for each class(unusalbe/unbought ones greyed out) and a thing at the top saying (x/50) levels representing your total levels, aka if you are admiral etc. And have a button to buy a class token from the cstore etc. Then you open it and select it and play it to grind up. You could even do that at lower levels then and everyone could choose what they want. And make the tokens per character! 250-500 zen or someting!
250 zen would be a good price. It's grindable at alot of levels potentially. so people could really choose what they want no matter when and open up that part of the game! then it's 500zen per character to permanently open them up!
The changing of levels would be totally automated. if you ever level into one after you have 50 total levels it takes from the others. Each time you level it takes from another class etc. So all you do is choose the class oyu want to pick and start levling. You could even choose to lock your character if you did decide to not loose levels in one class and not let it take like in your power menu for your ship! Maybe some people would want 3 lv 16s or something... but they would not benefit each other. Only hinder! switching class selection completely takes away your ability to use the other class abilities! they would vanish like taking off a set peice and not come back until you rechose the class. And obviously no changing in combat. Maybe even making you go to the NPC skill trainer that lets you buy tokens and choose it from a menu so you cannot do it in space etc. So no class swapping in battles etc.
So to make it as simple as possible. Once you have 50/50 levels you enver loose it. You are still admiral etc. You are just not always level 50 science or engineer! Then You just grind for your class abilities however you desire like a noob! 8p Somewhat proper for the reality actually. And the rest of your charcter is permanently what it was! Never affected by class changes! It would be pretty good and simple representation of class training. And perfectly fit the game! Didn't major star trek officer go from one class to another over the course of the show as they changed their minds or something?! Like one famous young boy! 8p This is probably pretty much kind of like what they had to do. But we don't see the inter ship duties they had to do!
And yes it took me that long to figure out if I liked it becuase I had to exhaust equipment setups to find that out and finish grinding gear and changing skill specs! Before that I didn't know how it would play out in the end for certain! I do not want to go through ALL of that hassle again. One part like the class levesl I mentioned above sure. But all of it, I can not stand to do it. It's bad enough on my alts. I am not waisting time, energy, and money from a main character I already did. That is literally making me throw my resources and time in the trash. I will not do that!
The above idea solves all of that permanently for everyone! And it makes rp sense for what it is. It's also as simple programming and logic wise potentially! Especially if you seperate admiral/rank level from class level. Which the above makes it easy to do. No muss with skill or any other part of hte game, simply disconect class levels and skils and wallah! To make the class screen all they hvae to do is direct the infor for you current class to that xp bar like it is on our normal screen and then make two blank ones. The whatever your class is is filled in wherever you are currently. There isn't much logic to display those per level and take or add some small extra level bars in your charcter data on teh server. That should be minimal on any server. And it wouldn't be hard to make the normal main screen xp bars load data when you switch classes at the skill trainer! Or I would think/hope not! Then you redirect all non class skill logic to the x/50 reference at the top for main/total level. You could even level up multiple classes and try until you decide the grind the one totally to 50 for whatever period you want! It would be a great addition for gold players! and something for free players to work for! So gold could go to the trainer and do 10 levels in engineer and go, nah, maybe I want to do sci for a bit. Then they can still get their skills like normal.
Maybe that would be the only down side becase of the differences in xp. Or if this game is the same xp per lvel it wouldnt matter. If it is not the same xp per level then you simply make each class also x/50 and have a total x/50 for your rank level(admiral ensign etc) base on your max class and switch at the trainer when you wish to and make them simple fill bars for class! Then allow max class to represent skills and everything else is the same! No muss no fuss!