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# 1 Need some ship advice
05-13-2013, 07:18 PM
I was hoping to get some input on what ship I should use. I've only recently come back to the game after a several year hiatus. I'm a lifer, so I had a ton of zen to play around with and I did.

I'm a tactical captain and while I don't mind escorts, I'm a little disappointed in the lack of survivabilty. I'm also not a huge fan of using canons. I have enjoyed running with a beam boat, but I'm not sure which ship I should use for it. I like cruisers for the extra hull, but didn't mind the stronger shields on a science ship either. I've played a LOT of different ships and I can't find something that I really love.

I tried the Chimera and it was a bit too squishy. Used the Excelsior and I don't like the ensign engineer slot. Tried the Galor and honestly just don't like the look. Tried the Fleet Luna but felt like I did less AoE damage but pretty decent single target damage.

I'm ready to try some STF action but want to play something I'll enjoy and that will be successful. Thanks for any advice!
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# 2
05-13-2013, 07:37 PM
Since you havn't been on for a few years, I'll inform you of a change that happened about a year ago. This game is now called Escorts Online for good reason: everything in the game these days revolves around DPS, which escorts excell at, better than any other ship variant. All the escort needs to do is have 2 copies of tactical team and 2 copies of emergeny power to sheilds, and it is virtually invincible.

However, now for the help part. As someone who went from using only cruisers to using an escort I recomend the Armitage Heavy Escort Carrier. It's the sturdiest escort fed side, and is still good at DPS. I'll admit, the hanger pets took some getting used to. The lieutenant commander engineering also really helps with its tankiness. This is the first and only escort I've ever used, and I love it so much that I've never left since I bought it. The only downside to it is the useless 3rd ensign tac.
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# 3
05-14-2013, 02:00 AM
if you want a good cruiser, that has a high dps and survivability, stick to Assault Cruiser Refit or Advanced Heavy Cruiser Retrofit or their fleet variants. Theae are the top fed cruisers.
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# 4
05-14-2013, 05:24 AM
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Originally Posted by celavazmy View Post
if you want a good cruiser, that has a high dps and survivability, stick to Assault Cruiser Refit or Advanced Heavy Cruiser Retrofit or their fleet variants. Theae are the top fed cruisers.
Even better would be for him to grind up some fleetmarks, buy a few modules, and get the Fleet versions of those ships, especially the Fleet Assault Cruiser Refit. . . which is a pretty damn good cruiser for Fed side. Only thing it's missing is dual cannon capability, and it'd be a KDF battlecruiser.
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# 5
05-14-2013, 05:29 AM
Sounds like you could go with a tactical cruiser (Fleet Excelsior, Fleet Assault, Galor) or a tankier Escort (Fleet HEC, JHEC, Fleet Patrol, Steamrunner or possibly even Charal).
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# 6 Ship
05-14-2013, 07:37 AM
Let me give you my progression. I started as a tac in a rainbow cruiser. Obviously, I had problems with the original STFs that were both space and ground and took about 2 hours. I bought a MVAE and went Antiprotons and 4 tac consoles and saw a quantum leap in dps. Then, I moved to the fleet escort and went to 5 tac consoles saw another lift in dos. Finally, I went to the Kumari tac with 5 frontal weapons and 5 tac consoles matched with the Adapted MAC 2 piece set with the Romulan Engine. Now it is a glass cannon, but once you get the hang of it, you will have a lot more fun than the cruiser because this is definitely a dps game.
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# 7
05-14-2013, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by travelingmaster View Post
Even better would be for him to grind up some fleetmarks, buy a few modules, and get the Fleet versions of those ships, especially the Fleet Assault Cruiser Refit. . . which is a pretty damn good cruiser for Fed side. Only thing it's missing is dual cannon capability, and it'd be a KDF battlecruiser.
I own both the Fleet Excelsior AND the Fleet Assault Cruiser. You can't go wrong with either of these two ships. You can run a beam boat or a cannon (single) which are both effective with the right build and set up. Personally, I prefer single cannons to DHC because their isn't much of a cool down and with A2B and EPW you can keep your cannons firing off until the cows come home.
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# 8
05-14-2013, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by kidottr View Post
I'm ready to try some STF action but want to play something I'll enjoy and that will be successful. Thanks for any advice!
The Jem'Hadar Attack Ship perfectly fits your criteria!
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# 9
05-16-2013, 08:25 PM
While on subject, which would you guys pick.....Kumari tac vessel or Dreadnought Cruiser, both available for same amount of zen?? I am about to make a purchase and still trying to decide....
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# 10
05-16-2013, 08:35 PM
That's an odd either/or, but Kumari will do more damage, if that's what you're looking for
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