Lt. Commander
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I'd like to make a suggestion. I've been reading about complaints with the cruiser turn rate, and perhaps there is another solution that would be easy to implement and not unbalance the game.

I suggest to have a deployable shuttlecraft that is capable of two actions: scan anomaly, and "attach transporter beacon on loot".

This would keep the cruisers from having to maneuver that beast around just to collect simple loot from around the map to save time.

Give it to escorts and science ships, too; no need to give cruisers something special, even though escorts and science probably wouldn't use it as much.

It could be in the form of several things, not just a shuttlecraft:
  • Science and Escort could have a probe instead. They fire it out towards anomalies or loot, and it scans it and beams it back. Since some of their ship are kinda small, a shuttle might be the same size as them.
  • Cruiser could have the shuttlecraft or probe (player's choice or otherwise?)

Of course, some rules would have to be in place to protect it from being abused:
  • Probe/shuttle cannot be launched for loot or anomaly during combat. (Anomalies can't be scanned while shooting or being shot anyway)
  • Probe/shuttle can be destroyed by 1 damage from enemies so you can't send it around an asteroid to finish a mission without being shot at.
  • Range is limited to 10km (so we don't have special rules for ranges, just use combat ranges)

Perhaps, if you have the Del Taco thing, you can use that shuttle for your retriever, everyone else can use a probe.

Any comments/thoughts? Additions, subtractions? Good/bad?
Lt. Commander
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# 2
02-05-2010, 11:39 PM
Finally, a use for that Del Taco shuttle!

I'm all for this.

- Del Taco Type 8 shuttles should have this funcationality added
- I think there should also be Type 6 and 7 shuttles available for energy creds at DS9.
- 20km range is better
- You should be able to loot with shuttles in combat (you can loot normally)
- Since you cannot scan in combat, your shuttle shouldn't either
Lt. Commander
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# 3
02-05-2010, 11:40 PM
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Originally Posted by stararmy View Post
Finally, a use for that Del Taco shuttle!

I'm all for this. I think there should also be Type 6 and 7 shuttles available for energy creds at DS9.
Agreed with you, too, about the shuttles.
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# 4
02-06-2010, 09:06 AM
Buried under ZOMG DOWN and crying threads.
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# 5
02-06-2010, 09:35 AM
Bump for Great Justice!

This is an excellent idea. Have something that can extend cruiser reach without damaging the mechanics currently in place. Sign me up.

There is something similar in Torchlight.

http://www.penny-arcade.com/2009/11/4/
http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/11/4/
Lt. Commander
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# 6
02-06-2010, 09:39 AM
Love this idea. If the cruisers didn't have to turn so much out of combat I think it would go a long way to making them a better class to play.
Lt. Commander
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# 7
02-06-2010, 09:40 AM
Best suggestion I have seen yet.

Seriously they should name the probes after you!

Oh and it beats coming to the forums to QQ and whine without offering any realistic solution.
Lt. Commander
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# 8
02-06-2010, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Merls
Oh and it beats coming to the forums to QQ and whine without offering any realistic solution.
Quoted for great truth.
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# 9
02-06-2010, 11:32 AM
Great idea.

I hope Cryptic really does read these forums and consider the ideas put forth, because I've seen some really great ideas here.
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# 10
02-06-2010, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by UncleRomulus View Post
Great idea.

I hope Cryptic really does read these forums and consider the ideas put forth, because I've seen some really great ideas here.
Agreed. It must be a good idea if the trolls cannot find anything to whine about. (And since I've said that, they probably will soon.)
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