I've got no problem with doffs themselves, but rather with the fact that romulan doff system seems to be the exact same one of their allies.
There are many good points in the commens as to why would anyone want to create FED/KDF character for purposes other than the story.
Roms get FED/KDF toys, ships, system, missions, as well as their own. This may and probably will be fun, don't get me wrong, but when we'll look at the bigger picture there are some concerns as to whether they're really a faction, or just re-skinned FED/KDF with added bonuses.
If Romulans from day 1 of their release get more or even the same amount of unique story missions as the KDF had the day before their release, and they have Unique Captains, Unique ships, Unique Boff/Doffs, special weapons etc, then wouldn't it be closer to a Faction +, rather than a sub faction? Granted they wouldn't have their own star bases, but seriously do you want to grind that?
The access to allied gear is what would make them a faction plus potentionally and why people would gravitate toward Romulans over Feds/KDF. This part I'm concerned about more than anyother complaint I've come across.
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Yes it is, because if the Romulans are a "Faction" of their own then (Much like 2 Federation Captains or 2 KDF Captains can do now) Fed-allied Romulans and KDF-allied Romulans should be allowed to team up and play story missions together.
After all they are both from the same "Faction" just with different allies.
In my federation campaigns, I remember my character doing relief effort to independent Romulan colonies. I was pretty eager in helping out the destitute romulans rebuild, especially if it also meant finally having a chance to improve relations with them.
Therefore, I'm pretty comfortable with the idea of my Romulan captain heavily interacting with the Federation and a specific Federation fleet if any.
I don't care much for the idea of using Federation ships, but I can see how it'd make things easier for lockbox and such. Designing twovariants of an item is likely arduous enough, and saving oneself from having to do three makes sense. It's not really desirable, but I can understand the reason for it.
Personally, I wouldn't use Fed ships with a romulan PC. I'd just switch to a fed character if I wanted to. The current arrangement doesn't stop me... though can't help but feel that if I wanted to get access to Fed or KDF toys, implementing a reputation system to curry their favor would be far more pleasing and consistent.
It's too bad that we won't get Romulan starbases - there's already a few examples in-game... and I felt certain of the 'rightness' in implementing them as upgradeable fleet installations as well. That definitely would've been desirable in my eyes. Mol'Rihan and the general area is nice - I'm at least hoping we'll have a hub zone within the city itself to act as an ESD equivalent. Even access to the Vault for use by Romulans and Remans would've been cool (Memory Alpha equivalent?).
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Basically, I'm happy with what it looks like we'll be getting... though I can't shake the impression that with a stronger push, the Romulan Republic couldn't have been better established. It's definitely a decision I hope Cryptic will be inclined to reverse basedon the metrics of the Romulan faction.
What makes me sad is that the next faction after romulans could very well be another republic. I hate republics and good guys! Let me be mean.
So, i'm waiting for the cardassian republic, fighting the obsidian order and the true way, the Borg republic, fighting the queen, the undine republic, fighting xenophobia and dancing in rivers of milk and honey, the dominion republic, fighting founders, the breen republic, fighting other breen for unknown reasons, and so on.
I'm not exactly a fan of letting Romulans fly fed or KDf ships, but at the same time its not something im that bothered about.
it falls into the 'who cares what the next guy does'. if no one wants to fly one then no problem and if some people do want to fly them, then there is evidentially some interest but its not going to hamper others people's experience.
we are going to be seeing fed and KDF ships flying around anyway. we are going to have to ally with fed or kdf so having a romulan fly one is not much more of a stretch.
it more or less fits the story and it has precedent as romulans once shared their tech for klingon ships in the past.
I am definitely excited for this update. However, I still haven't heard the answer to the most pressing question on my mind and I'll keep asking till I get an answer:
What about the Foundry?
I firmly believe that the Romulans need their own exclusive mission listing of missions created only for the Romulan faction. It does not make sense for Romulan captains to be picking missions from the Fed and KDF lists. There are thousands of missions there that are specifically written for those two factions. They do not fit Romulan captains. All we really need is just a third option in that drop-down menu to set the mission as Romulan only, just like we set them to be Fed or KDF only now.
I really hope we can get an answer for this soon as a lot of us are very interested in getting to work on writing Romulan missions.
Ships, races, uniforms, missions and a few items more than likely. Pretty much the same as the difference between factions now.
Ok here's the thing: from what I understand so far, playing a romulan is not going to FEEL like playing a romulan.
If I play as a FED, I get to fly around sirius and nearby sectors, occasionally Running an STF, defending my own factions starbase or clearing out the gorn minefield or defending starbase 24, among other things.
If I play a klingon, I get to fly around omega leonis and nearby sectors, running pi canis sorties, occasionally running an STF and clearing out the FED minefield.
If I play a romulan I get to either fly around sirius, defending my sworn enemy's starbases, running STFs and clearing minefields for my sworn enemies. Or, I can run around omega leonis, defending my other sworn enemy's starbases etc etc, I think you get the point. The fact that I happen to look like a romulan doesn't make me feel like one.