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I am a VA1 and currently flying the Long Range Science Vessel Retrofit (Intrepid) . I've been thinking about this and was wondering: would I gimp myself if I chose to fly the Advanced Research Science Vessel Retrofit (Nebula/Magellan) instead?

What are the pros and cons?

Any insight would be helpful.
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# 2
06-09-2011, 12:36 PM
The ARSV is more of an engineering-related science vessel as it has a Lieutenant Commander engineering station, rather than the LRSV which is a full-on science vessel. Also, the ARSV has a Lieutenant Universal slot which allows for some variation.

I use the ARSV for my engineer and it's quite nice using the Lieutenant Universal station for an engineer bridge officer - that way I have 5 engineering abilities and 5 science abilities - lots of heals and fun! It's excellent at shield-tanking (when using the appropriate abilities) as well.
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# 3
06-09-2011, 12:36 PM
I've been using the Neb for my science officer, (I can see how power levels might make it even better for an engineer), and it took a while to get used to, but I'm enjoying it quite a bit now. Maneuverability can be an issue but one of the blue rcs consoles and the aegis engines really help a lot (borg set for the rest). I split the difference between beam-tanking with a variety of heals and using gravity well 3, warp plasma 2, evasive maneuvers to get in a little extra damage. The Reman BO also works nicely in the universal slot if you find you're taking a lot of damage. It's not really a super dps setup, but has been fairly survivable in pvp with enough heals left over to help out the team.
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# 4
06-09-2011, 12:36 PM
Nebula offers you a unique opportunity to change your BOs and adjust them to your mission ahead. Its a great ship if you want to do lots of stuff with your ship, Intrepid is great if you want to focus on science skills only.
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# 5
06-09-2011, 12:36 PM
i personally feel the nebula type requires more skill to use "effectivly" but otherwise is a ton of fun to fly, wanna be a big old slow escort? 3 cannons front, 3 turrets rear, rapid fire 1 and attack pattern beta 1. let loose the pew of war!

etc etc.... i love my nebula
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# 6
06-09-2011, 12:36 PM
I personally fly with 1 BA + 2x Photon + 3 turrets setup. TT1/CRF1 + shield drain stuff. But hey, the ship has many possibilities.
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# 7
06-09-2011, 12:36 PM
thank you for the feedback, another question: Since the LRSV (retrofit) is for VA1 and the ARSV (retrofit) is for the RA, am I downgrading if I use the ARSV in PvP?
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# 8
06-09-2011, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by BlackMagnum
thank you for the feedback, another question: Since the LRSV (retrofit) is for VA1 and the ARSV (retrofit) is for the RA, am I downgrading if I use the ARSV in PvP?
Nope, the ships have same tier basically.
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# 9
06-09-2011, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by BlackMagnum
thank you for the feedback, another question: Since the LRSV (retrofit) is for VA1 and the ARSV (retrofit) is for the RA, am I downgrading if I use the ARSV in PvP?
Nope, not at all.
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