I am not yet certain whether my three characters have been affected, but one is affected for sure.
I noticed yesterday that in B'Tran, it takes me 2.5 hrs to finish the three parts (3 systems). In the past, it took me about half that time. I noticed that I am also having problems with this in the Zenas expanse. It took me 1 hr to do one system. I could get the mirror universe ships to the point where they were almost destroyed, but it was very difficult to get them all the way there. With 2 of the 6 enemies, I had to call on photonic ships to help and the enemies were quickly destroyed.
Is something different or is it possibly a bad respec I did?
If it is the respec, is there a manual on how to respec correctly? When I assigned my skill points more or less evenly across the board, I did not have this problem. More recently (a few days ago), I did respecs for all 3 of my characters and put almost all the points in the specialty area of the officer. For my science officer character, I put almost all the points in the science areas and few in tactical or engineering. Could that be the cause of this problem?
I don't know what Remans are doing in Gamma Orionis but in one B'Tran mission, I had a really tough time with Mogais, where I did not have much trouble destroying them in the Romulan missions. It took me several minutes to destroy them and in two cases, they got me.
Have you adjusted the difficulty from Normal to Advanced or Elite? It's a drop down menu, and it would explain the sudden 'jump' in seeming difficulty.
I forgot to include that information. I did not change the level of difficulty and have left it at "normal". With the exception of the Reman Mogai escort ships, I have not been getting killed more. It just takes longer for me to destroy enemy ships.
With the Mogais, I solved the problem by adding a second beam weapon. I had also noticed that it was taking me up to 5 minutes to kill Mogais in deep space encounters in Iota Pavonis, where formerly, I could kill them in about one minute.
If it matters, my character is RA5 and I have used all my skill points. Initially with my first character, I spread the points around evenly but ended up being able to train my tactical BO's in only two or three skills. With my recently respecs, I can train my officers in many more skills.