I realize that it is the talent of a captain to balance his wants with his capabilities. And with the limited number of devise slots it pushes us further into managing ship operations. But I'm running out.
The devices I like to use. RMC/Fighters/modulator/shield battery. There are more that I'd like to use. The other three batteries, as well as the deuterium surplus. So I'm asking for one slot, just one, additional slot per ship. Because it should be a challange to juggle what you want to use with what you have the capabilities to use. but, I'm just hoping I can take advantage of one more slot. It would be nice.
Yeah. That's part of the gameplay mechanic. This is where gameplay takes precedence over "real world". You'd think the cargo holds would hold everything you needed, but that wouldn't be very balanced when it comes to gameplay.
Resource control is nothing new. Zelda used it on the ole 8-bit.
Perhaps a bit off topic, but I actually think the lower number of slots for science and escorts is game imbalancing, not game balancing. Cruisers tend to stack armor in those slots, making them even more tankish - where those slots are needed is on smaller ships with less hull points and shields - so they can have better buffs and armor to stand a chance of surviving in pvp.
And as for cannon, it seems it was the smaller ships like the escorts that had the better armor (I'm thinking defiant here).
Anyways, sorry if that was a side note on the main topic... carry on! ;-)