Tac/Escort: Elite, things melt at the sight of my DHCs.
Eng/Cruiser: Advanced, I can usually outlast things on Elite, but I have patience issues
Eng/Science: Advanced, about as grueling as the above character on Elite, but I get better drops
I have a klink eng in a BoP that I play on advanced and just started a science character I'll probably play on advanced.
Normal is excruciatingly boring, and elite can be excruciating. Just don't play ground combat if you set your difficulty to elite. I strongly recommend Advanced for any player.
I like the challenge during space battles, but when it comes to groud missions all it does it absolutely make me want to rip my hair out. Since the only noticeable increase is for item drop rates of something I've never seen drop; I think I may drop the difficulty back down to 1 until they allow us to seperate sifficulty or if the tier 1 difficulty is just too easy.
Ah good, a lead in to another call for separate sliders for ground and space difficulty. I'd like to bump my space difficulty to elite, but I only want advanced on ground combat. Separate difficulty sliders; may we please have this?