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From what I understand we'll soon be able to promote our boffs to captains, provided we have an available character slot. (My understanding can and has been wrong, so if this is not the case I apologise for wasting people's time.)

The thought of promoting a boff to a captain is a really cool idea. I really like the possibility of having an Aenar, Breen or even Jem'Hadar captain. Hats off to the person who gave this idea the green light.

I have a suggestion to hopefully make this awesome idea even better, Cryptic/PWE. Can you please allow the super-duper rare ships to be transferred to new captains? (Super-duper = ships like Jem'Hadar, D'Kora and Galor. Basically things that can't be easily obtained.)

Why? Well, I would love to have my Jem'Hadar ship captained by a Jem'Hadar, of course!! To have to try and obtain another bug ship to make this happen is not really that easy a task. Being able to transfer these specialist ships would really mean a lot to the people who are going to make use of this upcoming game feature.

Ordinary ships being transferred, well, they're easily obtainable from the shipyards, so I can't imagine the need to allow these to be transferred.

Consoles and the like I can understand not being allowed to be transferred. Getting new consoles will also give us something to do. I would also like an exception to this rule, though. Paid consoles, like the Ferengi set, should be allowed to be transferred. Yes, I know that you could make people have to buy them again for the new toon but seeing as lobi are character bound, this would seem very unfair. (Only slightly less unfair if lobi became account bound.)

To prevent this sort of thing to be abused, you could place controls on it, such as a limit of two ship transfers per account. That or place the ship transfer function on the C-store.

Thoughts, people?

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# 2
06-22-2012, 08:20 AM
I think your ship transfer idea needs its own thread. Whether a one or two time thing given to all, or available on the C Store, it is a great idea. I mean, if someone paid money and ended up with a lottery ship, they should be able to move it to / from characters. Sure, maybe they should have thought of that before opening its box, but what if someone decides to make a new captain, or they do allow BO -> Captain conversions?

As far as BO -> Captain goes, it's been asked for for some time. As I recall (and that's all I can do since I won't be able to find dev posts) they said they wouldn't allow certain species to be converted - I imagine the Jem'Hadar would be in that category.
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06-22-2012, 08:41 AM
From what I remember, Androids and Photonics won't be allowed due to CBS saying no.

I'm pretty sure Borg won't be allowed as that is one of the major drawing cards for the lifetime subscription.

That leaves Breen, Aenar, Jem'Hadar and Reman, not including species that are cross-faction.

If they ever do have a Romulan faction, I suspect Remans would be a Romulan playable species, so I'd guess they'd block that one.

If they blocked anymore, well, that would pretty much reduce the boff to captain feature as the ability to play cross-faction characters. I hope they don't do that as it would turn a really cool feature in to a ho-hum feature.

You're right about the thread being about the ship transfer idea so I renamed it. Thanks!!

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# 4
06-22-2012, 09:23 AM
I would so love to play a Romulan... I hope they do a Romulan faction in the future.
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# 5 Great idea!
06-22-2012, 09:29 AM
That sounds cool, to have your own NPC team of ships. A good way to have a team without additional players. Bridge Officers of Bridge Officers to supplement.
We need to think of drawbacks, though. You won't have a bridge officer with the nice things. He can only use Captain abilities. Equipment? Most of us have either STF gear (really hard to get), or Unique items. Our other men will be at a disadvantage.
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06-22-2012, 11:45 AM
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That sounds cool, to have your own NPC team of ships. A good way to have a team without additional players. Bridge Officers of Bridge Officers to supplement.
We need to think of drawbacks, though. You won't have a bridge officer with the nice things. He can only use Captain abilities. Equipment? Most of us have either STF gear (really hard to get), or Unique items. Our other men will be at a disadvantage.
I think the idea is that the boff actually becomes a player you control, not a ship that accompanies you as a team member.
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# 7
06-22-2012, 12:00 PM
I'll put in my vote for a ship transfer function, even though I don't own any lockbox/special ships.

Although it might have been better if they'd just made the lockbox ships account wide in the first place.
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06-22-2012, 12:47 PM
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From what I understand we'll soon be able to promote our boffs to captains, provided we have an available character slot. (My understanding can and has been wrong, so if this is not the case I apologise for wasting people's time.)
That's news to me. My understanding was that we could promote upcoming boffs into their own ships and send them on assignments like we do currently with doffs.

At least that;s how I understood it.

I know making playable boffs has been asked for previously as well but I don't recall any real feedback on that.
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# 9
06-22-2012, 01:15 PM
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That's news to me. My understanding was that we could promote upcoming boffs into their own ships and send them on assignments like we do currently with doffs.

At least that;s how I understood it.

I know making playable boffs has been asked for previously as well but I don't recall any real feedback on that.
Both have been mentioned previously, but neither one is going to happen any time soon.

They talked about promoting First Officer to Playable Captain. It's a nice idea, but something tells me it will never happen, or that they'll have to build in exceptions so that you can't promote a special BO like a Liberated Borg or a Jem'Hadar or a Breen or a cross-faction BO.

They also talked about Command-type scenarios where you could lead your BO's into space battles like a small squadron. I like the notion, but there are some basic questions I'd have regarding the feasibility...

1. Space abilities largely come from BO's on station. If your BO's are commanding ships, where are their bridge officers coming from? If your commanding BO needs four more BO's of their own, that's 5 BO's per ship times 4 ships. 20 BO's???

2. If some of your BO's are commanding ships, and you are flying your own ship, what BO's are you using?

3. If your BO ships aren't actually using your other BO's as crew, then how do you determine what abilities those ships have?
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