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# 1 Why are Carriers Science heavy
08-28-2013, 07:20 PM
I can't figure out why carriers seem to be science heavy, you would think they would be more tactical or engineering.

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# 2
08-28-2013, 07:25 PM
Why do you think my Gorn engineer flies a MIRROR carrier?
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# 3
08-28-2013, 07:28 PM
Sci doesn't have as many good ship options, especially KDF sci where carriers originated.
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# 4
08-28-2013, 07:37 PM
You want a carrier that can have a Cmdr Tactical? Then get the Tholian Recluse which has a Commander Universal slot. You can buy it off the exchange but can only use it for one character.

Another example of a Tactical Carrier of sorts is the Jem'hadar Heavy Escort Carrier. So there are carriers that are tactical-focused or have the possibility for it.
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# 5
08-28-2013, 07:42 PM
I like when my big floating barley can move carrier has some SCI to it.


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# 6
08-28-2013, 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by admiralthorr360 View Post
You want a carrier that can have a Cmdr Tactical? Then get the Tholian Recluse which has a Commander Universal slot. You can buy it off the exchange but can only use it for one character.

Another example of a Tactical Carrier of sorts is the Jem'hadar Heavy Escort Carrier. So there are carriers that are tactical-focused or have the possibility for it.
And the Jem'Hadar Dreadnought Carrier as well, has a Commander Tactical slot.
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# 7
08-28-2013, 09:07 PM
Because they're basically support ships for their own little team. Also because Cryptic still cared about balance back when it designed the original carrier, the Vo'quv, and its close cousin the Atrox. They were worried that a tactical-heavy carrier would be too powerful.

And now we've got the JH Dreadnought, in which you can sleep your way to 15k. But there wasn't anywhere else to go, as sci-carriers were pretty saturated.
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# 8
08-28-2013, 09:25 PM
Because they are what the Klingons do for 'Science' and 'exploration'. Their 'Science' is the science of taking entire systems with one ship(For a certain definition of 'one ship'). Outfitted for the longest trips, with the heaviest hulls, and a mess of support vessels carried, these ships are often charting the unknown and bringing it into the Empire.

Hells, the ship is the Klingon Dreadnought in NPC terms. It deserves more credit.
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# 9
08-28-2013, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by otisnoble View Post
I can't figure out why carriers seem to be science heavy, you would think they would be more tactical or engineering.
Cause someone at Cryptic said: "We should make carriers Sci heavy, because there aren't many sci ships for the KDF."

Remember the KDF were the only ones with carriers for a long time.
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# 10
08-28-2013, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by scottstaten View Post
Why do you think my Gorn engineer flies a MIRROR carrier?
I use the MU carrier too! Mainly because it was a lot cheaper than the Prime one. Got it for 50k EC instead of the 200k Dil pricetag of the other one.

Standard Tier 5 ships are waaaay to expensive at 200k Dil. I remember when they were 126k EC back in the day. You could decommission and rebuy at your pleasure w/o having to clog up your 'space-garage' or buy extra ship berths.
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