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Well, i want to play as a tac officer, but i kinda want to use a cruiser. The escorts seem kinda puny for me. I like the big ships!
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# 2
01-30-2010, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by nman729 View Post
Well, i want to play as a tac officer, but i kinda want to use a cruiser. The escorts seem kinda puny for me. I like the big ships!
You'll be fine, there is no reason a Tac Officer couldn't captain a cruiser. Tac does not equal escort, it equals skills on a tactical tree that apply to any ship.
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# 3
01-30-2010, 07:43 AM
There is no problem what so ever. If you check the skill tree, there are skills for each class, so just increase the skills in cruiser, and you'll be fine. I ran Tac in cruiser in beta, no problems at all.
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# 4
01-30-2010, 07:56 AM
the only problem I can foresee is:

certain skills give you the ability to train your officer in III-skills. but what skills you can teach depends on what class you are. as a tactical officer you'll be able to teach Fire at Will, Beam Overload, Torpedo spread, High Yield etc. etc. to your tactical bridge officers... they're all LtCmdr and Cmdr skills.

but no cruiser have any LtCmdr or Cmdr Tactical Bridge Officer Stations.

you'll be able to use their III-abilities on the ground though.
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# 5
01-30-2010, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Eleriel
the only problem I can foresee is:

certain skills give you the ability to train your officer in III-skills. but what skills you can teach depends on what class you are. as a tactical officer you'll be able to teach Fire at Will, Beam Overload, Torpedo spread, High Yield etc. etc. to your tactical bridge officers... they're all LtCmdr and Cmdr skills.

but no cruiser have any LtCmdr or Cmdr Tactical Bridge Officer Stations.

you'll be able to use their III-abilities on the ground though.
Or, use the skills trainer in earth spacedock for skill you cannot train BOs in.
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# 6
01-30-2010, 08:02 AM
Just be aware that since cannons can only be mounted on Escorts that all cannon related powers will be useless in a cruiser. Just make sure you train them in something else.
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# 7
01-30-2010, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Cygnus-Dax View Post
Or, use the skills trainer in earth spacedock for skill you cannot train BOs in.
last I check, they don't have the III-skills. only I's and II's.

you CAN however, get rare BOs which may have the III's you want.

lastly... if you find that there IS a marked difference... just use the respec that cryptic has said is coming and make him an escort captain and make another en engineer character for your cruiser. they're *very* fun to play as well
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# 8
01-30-2010, 08:01 AM
It depends on your personal style of play. Escorts will ultimately deal more damage than cruisers per hit, but cruisers have more weapons slots. So the trade off is, in essence, having one BIG bang or a half-dozen slightly smaller bangs.

Eleriel also brings up a point regarding training officers, but apart from training other tactical officers I don't think it would have much of an effect apart from ground combat.
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# 9
01-30-2010, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Eleriel
the only problem I can foresee is:

certain skills give you the ability to train your officer in III-skills. but what skills you can teach depends on what class you are. as a tactical officer you'll be able to teach Fire at Will, Beam Overload, Torpedo spread, High Yield etc. etc. to your tactical bridge officers... they're all LtCmdr and Cmdr skills.

but no cruiser have any LtCmdr or Cmdr Tactical Bridge Officer Stations.

you'll be able to use their III-abilities on the ground though.
You only need to have level 9 in the appropriate skill to teach those skills to your bridge officers, and you can have level 9 in any space skill no matter which profession you are (Engineer, Tactical or Science).

Engineering, Tactical and Science Officer are ground professions, not space professions.
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# 10
01-30-2010, 09:22 AM
Don't do it after T2 being a Tact officer will mean nothing.
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