I could use some help guys. I use a Long-Range Science Vessel Retrofit, Intrepid-class. I would really like to know how to make it the best it can be. Any suggestions on layouts, including everything from weapons to shields to bridge officer skills to consoles.
P.S. I will NOT sacrifice my Ablative Armor and I use a photonic displacement console from the Rhode Island-class retrofit that I am also fond of.
1 beam for and aft, 2 photon torpedoes for and aft for abusing the ablative armor is the best i could give you weapon wise but as it stand the armor is simply a joke and building the weapons loadout around the abillity is a little dangerous in PVP but this weapons setting gives you the ability to ignore the weapons power setting allowing you to run high aux and put more power else where while still keeping some pretty good DPS even when shields are up and with the built in target shields and various other sci abilities like tractor beams and tacyon beam. This weapons setup will confuse some players in PVP(i had some difiants chasing me getting obliterated acusing me of hacking and cheeting with only a 4 weapon loadout while i was running 6) The dual luacher is to cut the torpedo luanch time in half, and if you add in the Doffs that reduce torp recharge you can sometimes fake a HYT attack.
Depending on if you want pure tank/support or not, you'll have to decide how many Beam Arrays vs Torps to put on. If you want to be more offensive, 4 beams and 2 torps at 100 Weapons power (50 Aux). Otherwise, 2 Beams + 4 torps (or all 6 torps) and ~90 Aux (after skills and such you should be at 125) and the rest to shields.
I don't play the "tank/support" model that much, but can still fill the role so if you want a damage dealer/support/shield disabler vessel here is my set up...(that rips through stf's by the way)
Ens Sci: Polarize Hull
LtC Sci: Sci Team 1, Hazard II, TSS III
Cm Sci: Tractor Beam I, Tac Beam II, Tykens Rift II, Gravity Well III
Oh, I should add that my ens slot is actually a lt commander so I can flip out my TSS and Hazard if the need arrises...
Another note, I also use the armor. In some of the STF's, especially Kitomer...it is very useful. There is nothing like getting the Donatra ship to target you..activate armor...wait for it...oh...only 2500 damage..haha