Why not just add in augments AND leave Joined Trill alone? Giving the KDF more options?
Well, TBH it was a post in the sense of "would have been nice if" back then...
And I still think it shows a bit that Joined Trill were added to the KDF due to the demands of the contract instead of because it made tons of sense in terms of the game's own story.
And if Cryptic were to implement some kind of "respecies" token I'd absulutely use it on one of my Aliens that I designed as a TOS Klingon.
I think a case of adding Augments instead of replacing Joined Trill would probably work best, especially since anything else would end up upsetting a lot of people.
A "respecies token" would also leave people the option to change their Joined Trill to Augment if they felt it made more sense.
I did far prefer John M. Ford's explanation for the foreheads to the one that became canon. (In The Final Reflection, Ford posited that the Empire would create "fusions" of Klingons and neighboring species, in the hopes of getting better insights into how those species would think and fight; those fusions who managed to get into the KDF would then be posted on the borders with the appropriate neighbor species, becoming the face of the Empire to that species. This also gives us the interesting concept of Romulans assuming that Klingons have pointed ears...)
However, if the only way to get TOS Klingons is to use the "augment" story, I suppose I'll just have to grit my teeth and accept it...
"Science teaches us to expect -- demand -- more than just eerie mysteries. What use is a puzzle that can't be solved? Patience is fine, but I'm not going to stop asking the universe to make sense!" - David Brin, "Those Eyes"