I'm not sure if this someone has already thought of this already. But since the singularity cores go offline after a power is used, why not enforce the across the board energy drain then? Players that use the powers will face the power drain along with losing the single subsystem bonus for as long as the singularity core is offline. Then developers could tweak the duration and possibly the magnitude of the drain to balance the powers. So as long as you DON'T use the powers you won't see the drain and the players that DO use them will be penalized accordingly. I'm not sure how to balance the 'battle cloak' though. Maybe a smaller -5 across the board drain. Or even a drain to a single subsystem.
Yeah... I was comparing some characters on live to my Romulan. Just looking at weapons power. Thrown every point and skill at it and never budged beyond 118. I think on live I hit 125 without any gear based buffs.
And like you my concern was power draining skills. Better up the points spent on protection from that
Don't forget that unlike fed and kdf escort the romulan "escort" only have a +10 bonus to weapons power.
A mogai is actually 15 point behind a raptor as far as weapon power goes, that's a lot of catching up to do
Right now the only singularity power worth using is the quantum shield, and paying a -40 power penalty for a heal on a 2 minutes cooldown isn't worth it.
The cold hard truth about warbird is that without the plasmonic leech console, the warbird aren't "different" . They are inferior, period.