With my new mission published I came to realize exactly how unbalanced it is. Now part of this is my new-ness to the foundry and part of it is the fact that the test characters we're given have no bridge officers, no advancement options and not skill levels. So when I try to adjust the difficulty of an encounter I have to adjust it to the in foundry character.
However when I played it with my real character I realized how easy the battles were, especially in space. So my question is, can I advance my character so that it can take on higher challenges and help me tweak the difficulty more or is it perma stuck on ensign?