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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
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Refit tier 2&3 escorts. This has been a pretty big topic around the other boards lately, and is currently the most popular topic in the federation escorts subforum. A lot of people really like the look and feel of the t2 escorts (saber/rapier/ushaan) and the t3 heavy escorts (akira/oslo/zephyr). Personally I'm more a fan of the latter, as I think most are, and there is the simple fact that at t5 both cruisers and science ships have more vessel options than escorts do.

So here's the suggestion: put up two new purchases on the c-store, one for the "Escort Refit" and another for the "Heavy Escort Refit". As the models for these ships are already in the game, it should take very, very little effort on behalf of the developers to get t5 variants of these vessels worked out and ready to go. Below are my personal suggestions for the stats and special abilities of each ship - for the most part the escort refits (saber/rapier/ushaan) are meant to be an alternative to the t5 advanced escorts, with extra science bridge officer slots and console slots, while the heavy escort refits (akira/oslo/zephyr) are meant to be an alternative to the t5 fleet escorts, with extra engineer bridge officer slots and console slots.




Escort Refit (Saber/Rapier/Ushaan)

"Several Saber class variants, which saw heavy use in the Dominion War, have been refit with more modern technology to maintain their place on the battlefield. Some of the smallest and fastest ships in starfleet, these Refit Escorts can easily avoid enemy fire."

Crew: 50
Weapons: 4 Fore, 3 Aft
Device Slots: 2
Base Turn Rate: 16 degrees per second
Impulse Modifier: 0.20
Hull Strength: 30,000
+15 Power to Weapons
Evasive*

Bridge Officer Positions:
1 Commander Tactical
1 Lieutenant Commander Tactical
1 Lieutenant Engineering
1 Lieutenant Science
1 Ensign Science

Console Slots:
2 Engineering
3 Science
4 Tactical

*Evasive: +0-10% Defense based on speed
1/4 Impulse: +2.5% Defense
1/2 Impulse: +5.0% Defense
3/4 Impulse: +7.5% Defense
1/1 Impulse: +10% Defense





Heavy Escort Refit (Akira/Oslo/Zephyr)

[i]"Used heavily in the Dominion War, several Akira class variants have been refit for modern service, and include an advanced torpedo delivery system for heavy artillery bombardment of enemy targets."[i]

Crew: 100
Weapons: 4 Fore, 3 Aft
Device Slots: 2
Base Turn Rate: 15 degrees per second
Impulse Modifier: 0.20
Hull Strength: 30,000
+15 Power to Weapons
Rapid Delivery System*

Bridge Officer Positions:
1 Commander Tactical
1 Lieutenant Commander Tactical
1 Lieutenant Engineering
1 Ensign Engineering
1 Lieutenant Science

Console Slots:
3 Engineering
2 Science
4 Tactical

*Rapid Delivery System: Torpedo Launchers no longer share cooldowns
Allows multiple torpedo launchers to be fired simultaneously, or in sequence
 

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