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# 1 So I joined the KDF...
10-07-2012, 06:10 AM
Hi all,

Getting bored with the constant pain of doing STFs to get the Mk XII kit for my Fed characters, I rolled a pair of KDF characters.

First impressions;

- Melee is sooo much better 'feeling' than doing the same with any of my Feds. And a lot more fun.

- The UI makes my eyes hurt after a couple of hours, particularly in the grim darkness that is deep space. Red? Really? I know it's in keeping with lore, but could we perhaps scale it to orange instead? There's a reason NV kit in the army's green and not red...

- First City is initially confusing to navigate, but feels better than ESD.

- Love the story, though it is kind of amusing to see the NPCs refer to my wee Orion lady engie as a great warrior. It feels so much more lore-based than the bland Fed story.

- Not liking the character creation lockouts for female characters. My male tac (Liberated Borg Klingon naturally) can wear normal combat boots, but my female Orion engie is stuck between sandals and massive KDF boots? Whatever happened to sensible sizing?

However, I intend to get both characters to lvl 50 and start working on the STFs with them!

A couple of questions, if I may;

- What missions are best to do for lore? I noticed quite a lot of copy/paste from the Fed story and having done most of them 3 times so far (1 for each Fed character), so I am fed up of them. So, out of all available, which would the KDF community recommend?

- Could someone find the developers and beat them with sticks for the Cloak-dialogue 'feature'?

- As an engineer, who mainly does DPS/support Fed-side, would you recommend working towards a Raptor or something else?

Tim
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# 2
10-07-2012, 12:32 PM
The Federation War arc (which is really two arcs - the House War and a quick campaign against the Feds) and the Fek'lhri arcs are, afaik, the only ones exclusive to the Klingon side. Everything else usually has a Klingon spin to it but mechanically is the exact same mission (compare the Federation minefield and Gorn minefield Fleet Actions, for example).

Beating of dead horse re decloaking because someone raised their voice above a whisper has been tried and will doubtless continue. Beating developers for the same is very tempting...and unfortunately very illegal.

- Ship type..well, whatever floats your boat really. Raptors are the equivalent of escorts but I recommend giving the Birds of Prey a chance at least. Battle cloak and full universal stations can make for fun times. Tissue paper hull can make for short fun times.
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# 3
10-07-2012, 08:44 PM
Excellent! Another fine warrior for the KDF. We are happy to welcome you into our ranks.

Since you are interested in lore stories, let me direct you to the blog I author for Priority One, called, "Warrior's Way." (or see my signature below). For the next 1-1.5 months, I will be going through all the episodes while I level a KDF engineer (alien) and will be asking the question: "What is the story anyway?" In terms of lore, a very interesting episode (i.e., multi-mission sequence) is the "Fek'Ihri Return." You are required to speak wtith the lore singers at a few points.

As an engineer who does PvP healing, I enjoy the Negh'Var (the fleet version will be even better!). It has higher survivability than a raptor or BOP and is built for an engineer. The Vorcha is also quite good if you want a more maneuverable cruiser with some tactical teeth.

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# 4
10-09-2012, 05:49 AM
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Hi all,



- As an engineer, who mainly does DPS/support Fed-side, would you recommend working towards a Raptor or something else?

Tim
I would suggest the Battle Cruisers, especially the Fleet Vor'cha.
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# 5
10-13-2012, 04:45 AM
Ah cool. Thanks for the responses guys. I shall have a look at getting a cruiser when I get my captain promotion.

Annoyingly, despite being a Cmdr 28 from doing Mirror and DOffing, I seem to be unable to skip any of the storyline missions. I am somewhat irked, as I'd like to skip the Devidian repeat and head straight to the Fek'Ihri missions.

Edit; I also noticed some very confusing things within the Federation War arc, including the fact that the level requirement for the later missions seemed to be lower than the requirement for earlier missions...

Tim
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# 6
10-13-2012, 06:22 AM
I skipped a bunch of the Fed missions (like the Devidian stuff) by doing the Borg encounter in the nearby nebula (there's a Fed one to in the Kahless Expanse I believe) - pretty good XP for fairly rapid levelling.

You can always go back and so them later if you choose to.

And yes, First City is initially confusing but I prefer it to ESD now (even it it is less populated) - it's nice that you can craft there without having to go to Memory Alpha the way the Feds do. The atmosphere is very cool too - Klingon Academy looks great as well but there's a lack of things to do there...
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# 7
10-13-2012, 05:03 PM
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- The UI makes my eyes hurt after a couple of hours, particularly in the grim darkness that is deep space. Red? Really? I know it's in keeping with lore, but could we perhaps scale it to orange instead? There's a reason NV kit in the army's green and not red...
There already is a lot of orange in the UI. I'm not sure which would be better, making it a brighter orange or more darker red.
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# 8
10-14-2012, 06:18 AM
Well, there's no reason the KDF HUD had to look similar to the Fed LCARS stuff (other than for simple reuse of graphics) - personally, I'd have given it a more mechanical, steel look possibly with orange/red highlights.

Making it a dark, rusty brown/orange might work though - can't see this as being on anyone's priority list though.
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# 9
10-14-2012, 05:24 PM
Neither can I to be honest. The effect does seem to be at its worst when I'm in Sector Space.

I managed to skip the missions by doing Mirror repeatedly until I was lvl 31, which allowed me to jump right over it and onto the better, proper Empire, missions.

Tim
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# 10
10-15-2012, 04:40 PM
Quick impressions report (for those interested):

- The Kek'Ihri arc of episodes is amazing (despite the fact that I feel the dialogue was written for a Klingon, and not my wee Orion lady). Why can't there be more of this sort of stuff for the KDF?

- Alpha is wonderful. Lots of Predator references aside (though they were hilarious to see, and also worked wonders for giving the idea that the Hirogen are the Trek equivalent), it was a much better way of portraying the Hirogen as deadly hunters compared to the Federation equivalent episodes.

- However, having seen what's coming up, I am kinda saddened that I go back to the standard marathon of Romulans, Dominion, Breen, Borg, and Undine.

But, the KDF is definitely growing on me massively! A personal, if somewhat sad, achievement was being able to do 4hours straight without squinting against the red. Now I just need to work out how to do PvP... Oh, and of course continue the levelling up! At some point the HG Mk XII sets will be mine... Oh yes...

Tim

P.S. Bring back the Tailor 'bug' that will allow me to mix Omega Force/Honour Guard with my regular KDF/Orion kit. I stopped by the Fleet Starbase and the Orion Guards look awesome! I just want to be able to recreate it.
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