As a Gorn Engineer I fly the Varranus. I wanted a Gorn ship for my toon. I am still looking for useful builds for this ship. I would like a SFB weapon loadout, but might be impractical. Seeing as the Gorn use a mix of phaser beams, cannons and plasma torpedoes.
I did the Infected STF in this ship, with all those probes, spheres etc.. being destroyed. Any repair platforms and drones were destroyed in the resulting explosions. I was not able to figure out how much healing these drones do exactly.
It would be great if the platforms tooltip actually showed you any useful information. Other than these skills improve it, it spawns a lvl 51 drone. Or even clicking on the drone and looking at the information screen, and seeing some information on its abilities. These special abilities should have detailed information, so players are informed on their ships capabilities and if they should fly these vessels.
Thank you Heretic for taking the time to look into this. The Varanus is the only pure Sci ship on the KDF side. As a KDF player it can get kind of overwhelming facing off against 5 different types of Fed Sci ships and be expected to counter them in PvP. That's what I as a KDF player thought the platform was about. A hedge against the mulitplatforms that the Fed could through at us. A little something to even up our roll.
At this point i think we all just want it to do what it was meant to do..Fleet Support.
Wow that's kind of an inspired take on the power / ship claydermunch. Kind of a mixed idea of a Sci / Engineer ship. Something like that would make a Gorn "smile" at the vexed look on a Fereration captin.
we don't really need to invent w whole slew of new things.
Just go about this with method:
Does a fighter platform make sense? no. since fighters do no good but in swarms. it would be a wasted effort. so that gets an automatic zero points.
A weapon platform is, if the damage is properly scaled to actually be an asset in pvp, a decent thing. A gun turret with scatter shot? A FAW beam platform? a HY3 Torpedo turret? A Tric torpedo turret? So many sweet options.... +1 point in usefulness
A science platform with chosen science powers.(and it defends itself with autocast of jam sensors 1 ? ) Transfer shields? Hazard emitters? Tykens rift generator? gravity well projector? Sensor scramble device? Sensor scan device as was already said some posts above? so many fun options... +1 point in usefulness
An Engineering support platform? Lobbing aux to structure heals.... A Platform that creates a huge cloud of plasma..... an platform that gives DEM buffs to allied ships? a platform that extends shields? *drool* +1 points in awesome.
Of course all of this requires the platform to get a bit of a hp buff, and shields.