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It's been a little while since I played STO, largely because I am one of those odd people who actually prefers to solo the gam, but I remember my promotion to RA and getting finally getting my advanced escort. Unfortunately this experience was a little disappointing because of the way ship stations relate to BO skills.
I just made the highest rank available and got my new ship, and I get to use an additional BO with a tier one skill and an additional tier three skill. Big deal, most of my BOs have had their skills maxed out for a while now, and the only way I can use more tier four skills is to buy a completely different ship. Even that is counter-productive since my skills are geared to a specific set of ships, and I can't reach this level of ability with other ships because of the skill cap. This also feels a little odd in that the ship's station is effectively making my BO less skilled.

My suggestion is to change how ship stations impact BO skills. Currently, a station limits the tier of skills a BO can use; so a Lt station allows a BO to use one tier one skill and one tier two skill. I suggest altering stations to affect only the number of skills a BO can use. So a Lt station allows the BO to use any two skills he currently possesses, a Lt Cmdr station allows a BO to use three skills, etc. This doesn’t enable a Lt BO to use Lt Cmdr skills; it just means my BOs can actually use the skills they already have.

This would result in BO promotions affecting the tier of skills they can use and stations affecting the number of skills they can use, further differentiating the two mechanisms. Higher-tier stations would now reflect the capability of a ship to be more quickly adjusted by a BO, rather than simply affecting a BO’s skill at his job. This also prevents a situation where a high-level player has to use a ship he is less skilled at commanding just to gain access to a specific BO skill.

So my RA would gain access to several of the more powerful skills, but would have to weigh the advantage of having access to a more powerful top-tier skill against a lower-tier skill that might be more useful in many situations. I would be able to use the high-level skills of a science BO without having to sacrifice my skill in commanding escort vessels.
Lt. Commander
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# 2
06-03-2010, 04:43 PM
Or at least be able to move around high tier moves into like the first slot for a BO and/or have a chance to upgrade your BO by adding more slots for each of the 5 BOs by doing special side missions to make the ship better even at the highest ranking.
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# 3
06-10-2010, 04:58 PM
i completely agree. I am a heavy escort captain and only one of my officers is a tier four ability and all my other BO are stick Lt commander, what is the point of promoting our officer if we can not use their abilities when we work so hard to get abilities we want, CrypticrDev's of you are reading these fix this issue or allow us to choose our stations ability for those two slots intsead of limiting out higher ranking officers to lower ranking positions and abilites simply because of the class of ship we have chosen, For two whole ranks our officers are not alllowed to expand their abilites,. What is the point then of giving us a tier four ship with only one new ability in a bridge officer of the class of ship we chose?
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# 4
06-10-2010, 10:07 PM
I have to agree here. Something needs to change, I feel like I have invested so much work into developing these characters and come to find out, anything over their LT. skills are a waste in space, unless they are on the "correct" class ship? I understand wanting to limit the number of abilities each BO has access to, but let US decide which 2 of the 4 available powers to have access to.
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# 5
06-11-2010, 05:21 PM
Yea that be nice to choose which abilities we want.
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# 6
06-13-2010, 12:01 AM
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Originally Posted by elite_asgard View Post
Yea that be nice to choose which abilities we want.
Join the KDF. Pilot a Bird of Prey. Universal Stations. Choose exactly what you want.
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# 7 not what we mean
07-01-2010, 06:54 PM
That is not what we are referring to. I don't mind having more character slots for the class of ship. We would just like to change how it is an ensign ability or Lt. ability instead of being able to choose it whether it would be an ensign or commander. rank but keep it the one slot
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# 8
07-02-2010, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by jjsbebop View Post
That is not what we are referring to. I don't mind having more character slots for the class of ship. We would just like to change how it is an ensign ability or Lt. ability instead of being able to choose it whether it would be an ensign or commander. rank but keep it the one slot
Yea that would be nice to have. I agree with you here. It would allow for better combinations

Bird of preys still blow up lol.
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