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# 11
06-13-2011, 05:10 PM
turn rate greatly depends on engine type (ie. normal combat hyper) starship class (ie Escort), Science, Cruiser, Carrier*) Power Allocation and lastly modifers, (ie consoles)

Normal Engines run efficiently at 50 PAT (power allocation Table)
Combat Engines run efficiently at 25 PAT
Hyper Engines run efficiently at 50+ PAT

the way to read the Power Allocation Table is simple

W 50/50
S 50/50
E 50/50
A 50/50

The First set of numbers is teh most important as it tells you what that system is actually running at. the second number tells you how much power you have allocated to that system. You have 3 hot buttons but 4 hot key allocation maps Power to Weapons Power to Shields and Power to Engines. The fourth key is balanced which can be configured to run as Power to Aux if you fly a sci ship. i have the keys mapped to my mouse so i can flip between different settings easily.

my engines run at like 49/25 because i spec'd into it on the starship operations

from what ive seen console stats are based on the base stats of the of the ship that your piloting so using an rcs console on a carrier is a waste as the carrier has the poorest turn rate in game. imho its better to have some type of knockback or push ability like photonic shockwave or tractor replusers.

escorts have the best turn rate
science have a good turn rate
cruisers have a poor turn rate
carrier have the poorest turn rate

*carriers at this point are a klingon faction only ship
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# 12
06-14-2011, 01:11 AM
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Originally Posted by USS_Merriman
Can someone please offer their advice on how to maneuver a starship? Ground combat is EASY compared to turning a starship. I find that it is next to impossible to turn a starship without going all up, down, and every other direction. Am i doing something WRONG? Or is maneuvering a starship That difficult? It seems the game is not as fun because the ship never goes where I want it to. Please let me know if its' the GAME, or ME?
What exact method are you using to control your ship at the moment? It would be easier to advise you if we had that as a point of reference.
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# 13 I use a Game Controller
06-14-2011, 04:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Sambril
Do you use mouse or keyboard to control your ship?

Ground uses W to move forward and S to move back, but in space W points the ship down and S points it up - you move forward or back by setting the ship speed: Q to slow down (or reverse), E to speed up, R for full speed, shift R for full impulse.

I find it easier to control my ship direction with the mouse and use the keyboard for changing speed and activating powers.
After reading many posts, my problem with steering and making my ship go in the direction I want it to could stem from the fact that I am trying to use a GAME PAD to steer. Does anyone else use a game controller ?

Also, could someone tell me which controls they use for the mouse? I wouldn't mind trying my mouse out for that. What do you think is the easiest way for space combat and flying the ship. The keyboard? Mouse? A game controller?

Until I get comfortable with what works for me, I don't want to heavily "dig-in" to the game. Any any all suggestions would be appreciated. Maybe I could post a video showing how poor the steering is on my Miranda Class ship. Literally the most annoying thing for me is when I press the R button on the gamepad to steer Right, the ship seems to nose down. The same thing happens when I try to turn Left. It just wobbles up and down and slowly attempts to wobble and make a left turn. When i advance in rank, I'll get my butt whipped if I can't figure out to to improve with this.
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# 14
06-14-2011, 04:53 AM
Are you using a XBox360 Controller? If yes then you should look into options ... i'm not sure, but i think there was an Option to use the XBox360 Controller. Other Gamepads may have an issue with sending the right commands, but they should be configurable.

MfG Michael
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# 15
06-14-2011, 05:21 AM
Quote:
After reading many posts, my problem with steering and making my ship go in the direction I want it to could stem from the fact that I am trying to use a GAME PAD to steer. Does anyone else use a game controller ?
I am sure some do, but I think prevalent is using mouse & keyboard.

ASWD keys to steer your ship, mouse to look and select targets is my choice. Others use the Mouse to steer. Both is possible without changing any settings.

. You need a way to activate all those Captain and Bridge Officer powers later anyway, I am not sure there would be enough buttons on the gamepad for 12 BO powers and 6+ Captain Power... You either have keybinds for the keyboard or click with the Mouse.
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# 16
06-14-2011, 06:08 AM
I find a combination of both Keyboard and Mouse is fairly versatile. The keyboard is used to control the ship, while the mouse is used to control view point and select targets. For faster turning ships such as Escorts and Birds of Prey using the mouse to steer is a more viable option as the weapons configurations on those ships are "front-loaded", the keyboard can then be dedicated purely to managing powers, shields and throttle.
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# 17
06-15-2011, 05:06 AM
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Originally Posted by AlgoMike
Are you using a XBox360 Controller? If yes then you should look into options ... i'm not sure, but i think there was an Option to use the XBox360 Controller. Other Gamepads may have an issue with sending the right commands, but they should be configurable.

MfG Michael
I am using a STEEL SERIES controller. I bought it at my local Game Stop. If is very similar to a PS3 controller with the buttons, center joysticks, etc. Can I go out and buy an X-box controller and actually plug it into my computer and use it??? I never thought about that. Is that what you recommend?
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# 18
06-15-2011, 05:09 AM
Does anyone think an X-box controller would work well? Also, is there a place I can go to "test" and calibrate" a setup combination so I can get comfortable without getting blown to bits? I really do not want to do anymore missions until I get a configuration I am comfortable with.
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# 19
06-15-2011, 06:32 AM
ASWD to steer, mouse wheel for speed throtle, wheel click for full impulse....
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# 20
06-17-2011, 08:56 AM
Keyboard to drive, mouse to look around. It's the only way to fly.
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