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Join Date: Jul 2012
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There are enough ships + races to feed off of this. It could also (viably) be a mini-faction.

First the races:
1. Romulan
2. Reman
3. Hirogen
4. Iconian?

Fed / Klingon have 3 main 'classes' of ships. Well as Romulans seem to be portrayed as a Tac/Sci Focus (Klingon are Tac/Eng and Fed are a mix of all 3). There should be more of a focus on Sci/Tac than Eng.

Basically I see there are 3 main classes of Romulan Faction ships.

1. Bird of Prey
2. Escort
3. Destroyer (Not a Cruiser, a Destroyer)

Ships like the D'deridex are Destroyers to me. Very large (Vo'Quv sized) ships that the Romulans seem to have a lot of. Hirogen also have the Apex, which would fit this bill to.

I see these more as Sci vessels than Eng, just like the Scimitar is a full out Carrier.

Escorts would be the Mogai, or the Hirogen Escort.

Birds of Prey are pretty obvious.

There is also the fact that Canonically, the Romulans have D7s, as they share Technology with the Klingons (or have in the past).

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# 2
08-08-2012, 08:49 AM
Anything can be a full-blown Faction.

The problem isn't making a playable Faction. The problem is coming up with Mission Content for the Faction. We can't even get a larger variety of Mission Content for the current Factions. I have no interest in playing a Romulan Faction if, like the KDF, I can only do FEs and Exploration grinds to get to 50.
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# 3
08-08-2012, 08:50 AM
The faction system should be dead. KDF and Federation should merge.

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# 4
08-08-2012, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by mewi View Post
The faction system should be dead. KDF and Federation should merge.
I have nothing wrong with this.

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# 5
08-08-2012, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by mewi View Post
The faction system should be dead. KDF and Federation should merge.
Factions are an MMO trope. You're never going to see that gone. Too many games have the Red and Blue side; and all MMOs need to be similar enough so that its easy to understand for new MMOers coming to the game.
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# 6
08-08-2012, 08:56 AM
How much of the dead horse is there left to beat? The meat is rptten qnd far beyond tenderized at this point. They won't even finish the Klingon faction, what makes you think the devs would put in the time to make customizable versions of those races, a home planet with all the npcs needed to serve all the basic functions and commodities, Missions to complete, and everything else? The artwork and programming would take months.


To say nothing of how the entire game would need to be changed to reflect the existence of the faction. They'd need to add a Romulan space and ground equipment merchant on DS9 for STFs.
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# 7
08-08-2012, 09:03 AM
Romulans will NEVER be a "full blown" faction because Cryptic cant make enough Romulan content. They cant even make enough KDF content to make a "full blown" Klingon faction. IF there ever is a Romulan faction, it will have even less faction specific content than the KDF does. Pretty much all of their content will be generic things that the other factions already have. Basically just a Romulan skin.
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# 8
08-08-2012, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by thecosmic1 View Post
Factions are an MMO trope. You're never going to see that gone. Too many games have the Red and Blue side; and all MMOs need to be similar enough so that its easy to understand for new MMOers coming to the game.
Guild Wars 2 has no factions, just lots of players working together. There's no reason it can't work, most developers are just too lazy to deviate from the basic template games like WoW have created.
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# 9
08-08-2012, 09:05 AM
The only way STO will ever have true multi-faction playablity is if they port all content for use by all factions (just like the Featured Episodes).

Completely separate content for each faction is impossible given the small staff STO has. Heck, Cryptic is strained to produce mission content for one faction, let alone three (or more).
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# 10
08-08-2012, 09:07 AM
Ahh, another thread kicking around the same dead horse. it's been discussed, disected, examined, investigated, and imagined by many other people. There are lots of good ideas for a Romulan faction out there, including this one, but just look at the KDF. It's a half developed thing, and if every other faction made is half of the previous one as it looks like it's going...

Fed: Full faction
KDF: Half of a faction
Romulan: 1/4 of a faction
Cardassian (possibly): 1/8

You would end up with the same amount of Cryptic's time and resources being stretched among more and more. You would get so far along that a something like a Romulan faction would be a couple C-store items, some visitable planets, a few missions, the basic pvp/pve stuff, and doffs. Not to mention the lock box fluff. And speaking of lock boxes, the day we see a Romulan one carrying a D'deridex as the grand prize is the day everyone gives up hope for a Romulan faction.

So, even though it seems simple enough to make one, just look at the KDF. I would like to see playable Romulans, but really right now your best best is to make an alien character that looks Romulan.
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