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Lt. Commander
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Is there an equal chance to obtain any Specialization when receiving a Duty Officer? How random is this? Are there any factors that affect the chances of what Specialists you will receive from a Recruitment assignment?

I'm asking because I'm noticing that I get a lot of certain types. Seems like I have unusually large numbers of Geologists, for example, and out of 50 some DO's my VA has yet to obtain a single Technician.
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# 2
01-12-2012, 11:59 AM
It depends on the circumstance.

If it is grabbing a random duty officer, the chance of getting a particular specialization is exactly equal to the chance of getting any other specialization.

If it is grabbing a random duty officer of a particular department, then some specializations will be more highly represented due to their being more or less specializations per department. For example, Science has a lot more specializations than Tactical, so you are going to see a lot more Projectile Weapon Specialists than Geologists.
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# 3
01-12-2012, 12:14 PM
Technicians are out there, but they are sought after as they are needed to do colonisation chains. If you haven't gotten them yet, Ferra sells 2 green Technician Doff's in his store.
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# 4
01-12-2012, 12:14 PM
Wow, thanks for the quick response, Heretic!

That clears it up for me. I'll just be patient then, keep recruiting, and see if anybody's got spare Technicians.
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# 5
01-12-2012, 12:16 PM
Thanks for the response and I have an additional related question.

How about the relative inability to obtain a rare or very rare from in game packs? Currently I am tracking data on all in game and C-Store packs to determine probabilities and I must say for in game packs it does not look good at all.

In addition, the C-Store Very Rare drop is just that. I won't go into details just yet as I want a sample size of at least 100 in game packs before I start drawing conclusions and posting.
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# 6
01-12-2012, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Anon-E-Mouse
Technicians are out there, but they are sought after as they are needed to do colonisation chains. If you haven't gotten them yet, Ferra sells 2 green Technician Doff's in his store.
I thought I couldn't buy from Ferra without hitting a tier of advancement in the relevant commendation?
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# 7
01-12-2012, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Anon-E-Mouse
Technicians are out there, but they are sought after as they are needed to do colonisation chains. If you haven't gotten them yet, Ferra sells 2 green Technician Doff's in his store.
Where is Ferra now? When I went looking for him on holodeck he wasn't in the same place he was on Tribble.
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# 8
01-12-2012, 12:22 PM
I used to be hurting for technicians too. Now that I've finished all 14 colonial chains, I keep getting technicians.
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# 9
01-12-2012, 12:28 PM
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Where is Ferra now? When I went looking for him on holodeck he wasn't in the same place he was on Tribble.
He's inside building #6. Go out of the main academy building, turn right and goto the water's edge.. turn 90 degrees left and it's the building in front of you.. the entrance is on the left side.

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I thought I couldn't buy from Ferra without hitting a tier of advancement in the relevant commendation?
Tier 1 is REALLY easy to unlock.. and one of the 2 is in Diplomacy..

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Originally Posted by Commodore Shrvk
How about the relative inability to obtain a rare or very rare from in game packs?
I do have a feeling that this is slightly tied to your current recruitment rank. Even so it's still random, and you do get Rares from the ingame cadre packs. One of my Klinks obtained Gorj the Widowmaker from such a pack a couple days ago.
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# 10
01-12-2012, 12:28 PM
I too have (had) tons of Geologists and have felt a lacking in Technicians. But also Diagnostic Engineers and Fabrication Engineers. On my Main, these are the only DOffs I still have a couple in white to make sure I can cover mission requirements.

Flight Deck Officers are also (nigh) "non-existant" on my several Fed toons. No biggie here as not needed, per se, except I wanted to play around with a Boarding Party build on one of my alts.

I just figured it was (bad) luck of the draw. >shrug<

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