Lieutenant
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 46
# 11
06-22-2012, 04:03 AM
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Originally Posted by quintaris View Post
I am totally referring to a rainbow FAW as a Care Bear Stare from now on.
LOL, i know right . . when ever i see that i just have to say it, reminds me of seeing my sister watching the show . . lol.

Long live the 1980's :biggrin:

Good News on the impuse engine, i went for the omega engine for the slightly better turn rate, so you'll have to let me know how you get on with the Maco, because i was "umming and arring" over the two for about 30 mins . . lol.
Captain
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 658
# 12
06-22-2012, 05:05 AM
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Originally Posted by quintaris View Post
I was already thinking I should save my EDC for the ground gear. I've got the Aegis Shields, and I'm happy with those. Good to hear that's the way to go for EDC spending.
I went for the Aegis full set for my Klingon STF raider, a Hegh'ta Bird of Prey. Along with a Commander Engineer and Lt. Cdr Science boff this thing is one hell of a multi-role vessel that can tank, dogfight and riot control all at once.

In my opinion the Aegis set is the best of them all for conventional tanking, i.e., maximum structural strength and shield power plus cruiser's engineering complement... and it works very well in PvP too despite PvP forums saying otherwise, because the reactive shield adapts to whatever energy type is incoming and reduces shield damage noticeably well. An Aegis Bird of Prey is like a real life Aegis destroyer. It's kind of small and less impressive offensively than a Russian or Indian Navy antiship killer in terms of over-the-horizon strike ability, but its defensive capability gives it tremendous staying power and that can decide both the PvP match and the PUG STF.

That said I tend to do ship builds the opposite way from most others - my cruisers are quick (2pc Omega) and my escorts/BoPs are tanky. It's because I can shield and hull tank well in any cruiser automatically that I want more firepower and speed for them; it's because a tactical ship doesn't have much self-repair ability that they need to be durable.

What matters to me in teamplay is the capability to adapt to the team's requirements and the situation. Starfleet doctrine after all mandates using veteran battleship captains to cover less well equipped allies in the order of battle.

I also concur regenerative shielding doesn't work that well - even on escorts (or Klingon raiders) the more shield capacity to support and retain brute force heals, the better. Which brings me to the point - whatever downplaying of the Aegis set I've seen over the past half year doesn't really make sense to me.

The MACO set's 7.5% power recharge isn't really a boost considering 3x very rare technicians + Aux2Batt = 30% recharge speed, the Omega set's shield drain really doesn't matter if I'm going to punch big holes into them with quad DHCs on 125 power anyway, but with Thoron Distortion acting like a defensive ECM system both my science vessel and my 'angry bird of prey' can actively dodge Borg plasma beams like a Jedi Starfighter and that capability is something I swear by at all times! I mean, the best tank doesn't even get hit in the first place
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Last edited by carmenara; 06-22-2012 at 05:07 AM.
Rihannsu
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 496
# 13
06-22-2012, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by supergroverohpc View Post
Dont forget to grab the BORG console from the episodes, I love the 3 piece borg with MACO shields for my escorts, you get all the worthwhile set bonus with a excellent shield.
I forgot to list that. I do, indeed, have the Borg console (so I get the 3 piece shield buff). My Armitage (USS Lexington) is set up like this:

Fore: 2x Phaser DHC (Borg), 1x Phaser Quad Cannon, 1x Photon Launcher (Borg)
Aft: 1x Phaser Turret (Borg), 1x Phaser Turret (non-Borg), 1x Cloaking Tractor Mines
Engines: Borg Engines
Deflector: Borg Deflector
Shields: Aegis Shields (MACO's shields are the only MACO piece I don't have)
Engineering Consoles: 1x Monotanium Alloy, Photon Defense Console, Borg Console
Science Consoles: Phaser Point Defense Console, 1x Shield Emitter Amplifier
Tactical Consoles: 2x Phaser Relay, 2x Photon Detonation
Hanger: Advanced Delta Flyers
Devices: Red Matter, Subspace Field Modulator

TT1, APB1, APO1, CSV3
TS1, CSV1
TT1
HE1, TSS2
EPtS1, EPtS2, RSP2

My Tactical Odyssey (USS Concordia) is set up like this:
Fore: 1x Phaser Dual Beam Bank, 3x Phaser Beam Array
Aft: 3x Phaser Beam Array, 1x Quantum Mine Launcher
Engines: Aegis
Deflector: Aegis
Shields: Aegis
Engineering Consoles: 1x Monotanium, Phaser Point Defense, Chevron Separation, Aquarius Escort
Science Consoles: Shield Emitter Amplifier, Work Bees, Tachyon Detection Field (need to run Assimilated with this character to grab the Borg console)
Tactical Consoles: 3x Phaser Relays
Devices: Red Matter, Shield Batteries, Subspace Field Modulator, Scorpion Fighters

EPtS1, EPtS2, RSP2, A2SIF3
TT1, APB1, APO1
FAW1, FAW2
ST1, TSS2
HE1


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Originally Posted by carmenara View Post
That made me LOL at work. Fortunately no one else is in yet

Last edited by quintaris; 06-22-2012 at 08:05 AM.
Rihannsu
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 496
# 14
06-23-2012, 03:00 PM
Didn't really do many STFs last night, because I was on Tribble testing out the new fleet missions.

But today, I managed to get my hands on the Rare Shield Tech, so I've managed to complete my MACO Space Set. w00t.

Now to grind 120 EDC so I can pick up the ground set. I'm at 20 :biggrin:
Rihannsu
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 496
# 15
06-24-2012, 08:55 PM
Decided it was time to pick up some of the Borg Sector Defense cheevos today. Somehow I managed to get the cheevo for defending a sector, without the cheevo for defeating the command ship. Next time I logged in, I just happened to get another Red Alert in the same sector, so I tried again.

Turned out I was the only one there. Fortune favours the bold, so I was curious to see just how poorly this would go for me trying to solo it. Hit the first group of Borg, and destroyed them without any issues. Awesome. Flew off towards a second group of Borg and just about had them finished off when a couple more people showed up. Finished the rest off, and got the cheevo for defeating the command ship this time.

Running two EPtS and two TT seems to be working out well for me. Hurrah for shield tanking.
Rihannsu
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 496
# 16
06-25-2012, 10:42 PM
So I queue for KASN, and get dumped into an STF already in progress. Both gates are still standing, but 6 probes have gone through the time vortex. Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. Four cruisers, all members of Rainbow Brite and the Colour Kids.

I can only assume that the original fifth member bailed. Whatever, I care more about the EDC. What amused me most was the zone chat in DS9 right before I queued up for the STF was about how terrible skittle boats were. The timing was perfect.

Nevertheless, I got my 3 EDC for the night. By my estimates, I should have my ground set in about a month, assuming I only do the three space STFs once each, every night.
Captain
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 658
# 17
06-25-2012, 11:32 PM
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Originally Posted by quintaris View Post
Running two EPtS and two TT seems to be working out well for me. Hurrah for shield tanking.
If you can spare the Duty Officer spots, having two blue quality Conn Officers can reduce your TT recharge time to only 16 seconds, which is just one second off from the 15 seconds global CD from a duplicate TT1.

You also get side benefits from using the doffs - a buff to attack patterns (which is nice if your boat has room for the always-useful Attack Pattern Beta.)

Otherwise, it will free up an ensign slot for another offensive power.
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Rihannsu
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 496
# 18
06-26-2012, 06:42 AM
I will have to check that out. Right now I've three Projectile Weapon doffs, a shield distro doff, and a flight deck doff. I honestly don't recall what I've got for Conn doffs...
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