Enjoying the game so far but I have some questions I didn't bother to ask during my limited time in open beta and now that I've been playing Headstart.
Questions are, I hear people recommend abilities from BO such as Tractor Beam, Emergency Power to Shields, etc. None of my BO have such abilities. How do you get a BO that has said abilities? How do you know a BO has said abilities before you purchase them? Second, according to the game my BO's can learn new abilities but BO's that aren't the same type as me (Tactical Officer) can't learn new abilities from me but can from other officers of the same type. Where do I go to train them new skills?
Finally, I heard mention of a ship replicator. What exactly is this?
When you are offered a Bridge Officer as a quest reward (or from a store) you can mouse over them to see all the skills and racial modifiers that they have. The first skill under space is ensign, second is lieutenant, etc. Same for ground.
If you reach rank 9 in a skill with an associated BOff skill, then you can train. See a character builder or sto-intel.org for information about which skills those are. If you get an "extra" BOff, then that officer will also offer to train one of your existing officers instead of joining your crew (useful if you like 3 of your existing skills and find an officer with one at the right rank to swap in instead).
The replicator is at the bottom of your inventory screen. Check the button there.
Your ships Bridge Officers can either be trained by another Officer or be trained b the Bridge Officer Trainer on one of the various Starbases. The one on Sol is next to the woman who sells you BO's.
The Replicator is in your Inventory screen. Look bottom-right. It basically allows you to sell stuff when you're in space and away from a starbase/seller. Be aware, you only get about 66% of the normal selling value via the replicator and you can only use it in your ship when not under attack.