I just made Captain and I had a question regarding the ship refits.
The previous two levels there was the Exeter and Excelsior refits available and I was tempted to get them. Is there any reason to or should I just save my Zen? I noticed they had some nice consoles...
Now that I'm at level 30 Captain I guess there's no point, I should just go with a Tier 4 Ship?
I was tempted to get the Excelsior refit but I leveled so fast to Captain I delayed that.
The Excelsior is one of the few ships that has some power to really keep going, I own all three excelsior variants, I used the CMDR Excel from the day I hit CMDR all the way up to the day I hit Rear admiral because it outperformed the ships at captain and I still pull it out from time to time for endgame content because I know I can survive and kick some backside in it
That said however now you have made Captain rank I recommend you hold off buying an Excelsior until Rear admiral at which point you get a damn nice ship and the console you get on the CMDR version is more or less redundant anyway
Tacofangs is (genuinely) the best dev ever and the forumites adore him
Something else I was wondering - now that I'm sitting here at the shipyard with my free Tier IV ship token, I'm tempted to try something else either than a Cruiser? I'm a tactical character, but the escort and science vessel are looking tempting? I have liked the Cruisers so far.....
Escorts will get you a lot more pew-pew if you mount dual cannons (especially heavy ones) and keep your bow facing your enemy. The Captain-level cruiser is the Galaxy, which turns very slowly compared to every other ship except the carriers, Odyssey, and Bortas.
I have found the excelsior class ship to be one of the most versitile ships in the game. Its a great tank and all the varriants hold their own. Another personal favorite ship is the defiant class. Grabbing every version of the ship as I have made the fleet version a true joy to fly. I have also been trying out the vesta class ships as I have finally decided to get into the science class. While not a true refit, the versions of the vesta do offer a similar feel to the refits in that they are not the same ship model to model. Hope that helps.