Captain
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# 151
03-29-2013, 02:57 PM
This Q&A raises almost as much questions as it answered with how they will handle Romulans joining KDF or FED.

Will Romulans be able to use FED/KDF z-store uniform unlocks?

Will choosing a side be permanent and can't be undone?

If Romulans can use their own ships and ships of their faction they ally with, is their any benefit to creating non-Romulan characters anymore?

Will Romulans get their own STF ground and space sets with unique visuals? or will they unlock MACO/Honor Guard?

Do Romulans have to do Romulan rep?
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# 152
03-29-2013, 03:14 PM
I don't think I'd be nearly as disappointed about this if cryptic had just been honest with us for once. Two weeks ago, you said we could 'play as a romulan or reman level 1-50'. Now you're telling us we can play as just a romulan level 1-10 and then pick another faction. So rather than a five level mini-faction we get a ten level one, nice, thanks a bunch.

It takes a lot to really disappoint me cryptic, but this is just a joke.

Is it so much to ask that you just be honest with us and tell us what you're ACTUALLY giving us rather than lying and getting our hopes up, just to let us down later on? The annoying thing is I'll know I'll play it anyway, even if it is a joke.

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# 153
03-29-2013, 03:14 PM
Man you people are looking at this all wrong. This is a ploy by the Romulans to embed themselves deep into both factions leeching/stealing as much info, technology and resources as possible. Then when the time is right they regroup form their new empire and beat down both the Fed and KDF.

Secretly new SB's and Romulan fleets are be constructed for the day the Empire stands alone as strongest in the galaxy.

Think about it when has a Romulan ever been honest and loyal to anything other than the Empire.

This is my way of looking a it any way.
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# 154
03-29-2013, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by marc8219 View Post
This Q&A raises almost as much questions as it answered with how they will handle Romulans joining KDF or FED.

Will Romulans be able to use FED/KDF z-store uniform unlocks?
Dan stated that Romulans/Remans wouldn't be able to wear the uniforms of their host faction so I'm guessing not. Off-Duty uniforms don't exist KDF-side so they're probably out too.

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Originally Posted by marc8219 View Post
Will choosing a side be permanent and can't be undone?
I'd imagine so since what's going to happen to the Kumari you've bought for your Reman if you decide to switch red-side?

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Originally Posted by marc8219 View Post
If Romulans can use their own ships and ships of their faction they ally with, is their any benefit to creating non-Romulan characters anymore?
I suspect Feds and Klingons will get these ships in some form too - possibly cross-faction C-Store ones. This would be pretty controversial though so I'm just speculating.

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Originally Posted by marc8219 View Post
Will Romulans get their own STF ground and space sets with unique visuals? or will they unlock MACO/Honor Guard?
My gut instinct tells me no - they'll get the same rewards Fed/KDF get (since they are Fed/KDF).

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Do Romulans have to do Romulan rep?
Yes. In fact, you can't unlock playable Remans unless you do it.
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# 155
03-29-2013, 03:16 PM
if it comes down to it i would be cool to see a romulan planet fleet base.
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# 156
03-29-2013, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by weylandjuarez View Post
I suspect Feds and Klingons will get these ships in some form too - possibly cross-faction C-Store ones. This would be pretty controversial though so I'm just speculating.
Per Bran's twitter:

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No plans for that at this time. Rom ships are for Rom only.
https://twitter.com/PWE_BranFlakes/s...23062143447042
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# 157
03-29-2013, 03:20 PM
Thank you for all of the feedback and responses to this Ask Cryptic. Over the next month we will be sharing more details about the specifics of Legacy of Romulus, and later in April, we will be opening up access to create and play a Romulan on TRIBBLE so that you can see how everything works for yourself.

Keep in mind that the team has been hard at work on this expansion and this remains an entirely FREE expansion. We are not charging for it. It will be a free download when the expansion hits. So with that in mind, try it for yourself and see what you think without any risk. This isn't a $50 expansion that you have to buy up front in order to play. Yes there will be plenty of additional items in the store later on to enhance the experience (we are a business), but you will be able to play a Romulan from 1-50 as a free player.

We are happy that many players appreciate our decision to have the Romulans join existing FED or KDF fleets at launch. We realize that not everyone understands or agrees with why we did this, but it is the best decision for Star Trek Online. As stated in the Ask Cryptic, we will consider allowing the construction of Romulan Starbases in the future, but at launch, we want to recognize all the effort that existing Fleets have put into their Starbases and not introduce a "must start over" approach this early.

Additionally, we have a story to tell with the Romulan Republic that is central to the future updates in our game. We specifically chose to go this route as far back as the Romulan Feature Episode series where we introduced Obisek and Hakeev. Romulans are splintered and there are factions within the Romulan Empire that are specifically pursuing goals that are not necessarily beneficial to the Romulan species (investigating Borg Technology, collaborating with Iconians). One of our next blogs will go into detail about these conflicts and how they will play into the Romulan Republic storyline. That storyline will advance the plot for all factions in coming seasons.

With the Romulan Republic being a prequel to the Romulan FE series and the founding of New Romulus, our intention has been to allow players to explore the backstory of what has happened since the destruction of their homeworld. New Romulan captains do not even start in the military. These are Romulan citizens that must decide how they will survive. As the launch site says, "you are one of the survivors." "These are dark and dangerous times for your people."

The New Romulan storyline will dive deeper into the underlying darkness threatening the galaxy than any species has thus far and by the time they finish their storyline, it will be clear why New Romulus needs to exist and why we chose to have players play Romulan citizens rather than the Tal Shiar. Future Feature Episode series will continue the story from this point.

To answer some specific questions, Romulans will be asked to choose sides in the war by the time they are level 10. The exclusive Romulan storyline takes place in all of the new prequel episodes that have been made that will now end in and around the events that culminate in the Romulan Feature Episode series. Since we are moving around many of the levels of episodes with this expansion, we expect Romulan captains to be around level 40 when they finish their primary episodes (much like the Feds at launch). Note that for Romulans, most of the feature episode series have all been moved past this point. Thus the Devidians, Breen, and 2800 series all take place after the Romulan storyline. This also includes all of the Borg, Undine, STFS, Nukara, New Romulus and end game event content. So when we say that the alliance has an impact on end game, it is in reference to all of the level 40+ missions and end game content that exist for all factions. Instead of creating a 3rd set of queues, we're limiting it to the existing 2 sets and, at least for now, limiting Romulans to helping the Feds or KDF with their Starbase while the Feds and KDF help to build new Romulus. We will be adding more Fleet Holdings in the future and, as stated, Romulan Starbases have not been ruled out.

As an MMO we can always evolve this in the future, but this is how it will be at launch on May 21. Again, you'll have a chance to see all of this in action when we put the update up for testing prior to May.

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# 158
03-29-2013, 03:21 PM
Well Cryptic, you've managed to disappoint even me, a hardcore cynic.
I was genuinely looking forward to a Romulan faction, and instead we get faux Romulans, licking the heels of the Federation and Klingons?

I am disgusted.
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# 159
03-29-2013, 03:22 PM
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Will choosing a side be permanent and can't be undone?
It would be best to read, but here's the answer...
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This permanent and personal choice forges a very important alliance.
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# 160
03-29-2013, 03:23 PM
Wait... players will choose which side in FED/KDF war they take but in Republic they stay neutral to one to other? In the morning they co-work in rebuilding Republic and afternoon they shot one to other in the name of Federation or Klingon Empire? It's only me or anybody else see it hilarious?

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Originally Posted by Romulan Republic thinking
Our home is destroyed. Our fleets, our people are broken. We stand together to bring our nation from ashes, to rebuild our strength... that's why we will lose our lives, our few left ships at others war at our eternal enemies war.
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Originally Posted by True Romulan thinking
Our home is destroyed. Our fleets, our people are broken. We stand together to bring our nation from ashes, to rebuild our strength... Our enemies are fighting each other... good, that give us time, time we need. We will be strong again, and when they will be weak after war we will take what should be ours.
Sorry for any mistakes, english isn't my primary language.

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