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God knows what you could do with a good weapon setup Oo
as I said earlier, you can get beam weapons to keep firing 100% of the time if you play it properly. sure in a fleet action that may mean that your not shooting the same target, but the point still stands.
This was because I found this really god cannons with a very wide angle of attack so I could unload both phasers and the cannons on my enemys while circeling them.
If you like to do "strafing runs" more, then you may want to replace the rear phasers with a turret, it wont do as much damage but it will be able to fire forward, so it balances out.
Also, one player I did a few missions with swore by ALL forward facing cannons and a mine launcher in the rear. You would be able to do very high "burst" damage but against enemy battleships it would take forever to kill them without torpedos.
Edit: Looks like Dalnar beat me to it! But I forgot to mention this was on the Federation side, my Klingon Bird of Prey was a whole different animal.
there is no such thing as a wide firing arc cannon.
Well its a choice, a turret with rapid fire is kinda dead at point blank range. It really depends on your play style....and yes without beam overload you sacrifice dmg if you take beams, with it, you just have to play smart (aka use weapon battery after the overload)..
anyone know where to find quantum torpedo launchers? I have never seen any aside from the exchange
The exchange. I had close to 60K credits when I hit 11, got 2 Mk IV cannons, Mk III turret, Mk IV quantum and plasma torps(don't really like the plasma), plus a few decent consoles and an engine upgrade.
Make your search specific and browse all the pages and you can find some good deals.