One thing I really don't understand, though, is how the "extra" ships work. The Armitage is a carrier, and comes with peregrine fighters, but I don't know what that means.
What it means is that you can buy Danubes instead, and chain tractor your opponents. Run a full Borg set along with a Sci Boff with a tractor beam, and you can lock any opponent down for long enough to kill them twice.
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Thanks again everyone for the help! I will be going with the odyssey pack. All three consoles or bust ^^
The big decision factor was my captain rank ship. I decided to give the big Exploration Cruiser a try (love the Galaxy class anyway). Combined with the Point Defense from the Thunderchild and the Antimatter Spread from the Venture, it's a beast. I enjoy it much more than I did the Thunderchild, so cruiser will be what I go for. The Odyssey's separation console just makes it even better.
one more tidbit when you seperate and have the antimatter spread console your oddy saucer will use that ability sometimes right out of the gate it can give enemies a hard time if ya pop em twice with that very underrated console. i honestly don't know why more people use it?
What about the science odyssey ? It might not look so at first glance, but the sensor analysis buff has greater effect than single tactical console.
i think that is completely debateable. granted i have not run STFs, but if they are ANYTHING like the borg invasion/ mirror invasion scenarios NOTHING except the boss lasts long enough to make SA viable
OP you are comparing apples to oranges. as noted previously, you have to get all three Odds to get the benefit of the sets. without all three you are worse off than a gal-r IMHO. the odysseys are tanks. big, slow can't maneuver worth a damn. the Armitage is an escort that happens to have the fighter bay. what you do with that fighter bay is up to you. you can run 2 flights of peregrines (6) or 2 flights of Runabouts (4) or Delta flyers (4) OR you can get the shield repair drones. I ahve not tested the drones so i do not know how effective they are.
as far as which to get? i have both. my tac flys the MVAE, i like the LCDR sci slot better than the fighters, and she also flies the Excelsior. in fact the only toon i have that flys the odd is an engineer i have not moved to an escort, excelsior or Atrox.