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I hate the UI for the BO's. I can't seem to do anything I want with them.

1. Can you hotkey your BO's ground abilities? Some of them seem to be really dumb about how they use those abilities, I want to be able to assign their abilities to my keypress. I don't want to have to move my mouse over there and manually click on them.

2. How can you tell what you told your BO to target? I wanted my BO to target me, so that they would always just attack what I attack. But once you assign them a target, there's nothing indicating what their target is. Also, I couldn't seem to remove their target.

Does anyone have any tips on using your BO's effectively in ground combat? So far I end up just mashing the shoot key and not caring what they do.
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# 2
01-30-2010, 12:38 AM
I hear ya. I kind of gave up trying to micro manage them. Now I just use them as fodder and try to stay in the back CCing (science capt). They stay alive pretty well, and I try to make my science BO a betazoid with good heals.
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# 3
01-30-2010, 01:48 AM
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Originally Posted by okkay View Post
1. Can you hotkey your BO's ground abilities? Some of them seem to be really dumb about how they use those abilities, I want to be able to assign their abilities to my keypress. I don't want to have to move my mouse over there and manually click on them.
Not that I've seen. Maybe the powers are in the powerlist (P) and you can hotbar them? Not sure though, and not ingame to check.

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Originally Posted by okkay View Post
2. How can you tell what you told your BO to target? I wanted my BO to target me, so that they would always just attack what I attack. But once you assign them a target, there's nothing indicating what their target is. Also, I couldn't seem to remove their target.
There is a UI indicator of a roman numeral (I, II, III, IV) that will appear next to a mob that denotes what an away team member has been told to target (they have corresponding numerals on the team list). As to clearing off orders, I believe you just right click the command button in question.
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# 4
01-30-2010, 02:13 AM
aye is like a mini control apnel abover them i generally position them and hold them in place and pull the mobs to me and them , then see how the battle is going , make sure i have one with some sorta healing skill and they generally look after you.

And have to watch not to over agro as ell as if equip the BOs with assult guns sometimes they fire off aoes left right and centre, so generally i like to postion them around a corner, pull the mob and then take it from there.

I thikn cryptic also incoperated a pause feature so can maybe pause and reissue commands a bit like Dragons Age/ Baulders Gate style.
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# 5
01-30-2010, 03:18 AM
There are buttons above your away team members that say things like "Passive (don't attack)", "Target what I target", etc. I haven't really played around with those, but they seemed to work during open beta.
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# 6
01-30-2010, 03:25 AM
I run with:

Me (Security): One Expose Cone Attack, One Exploit Cone Attack
Security BOF: Expose Attack
Security BOF: Expose Attack
Science BOF: Exploit Attack
Engineering BOF: Exploit Attack

So I switch back and forth. Science (Med Tricorder) and Engineer (Shields) heal. Security team exposes the enemy, Science and Engineering occasionally (when the AI figures it out) finish things off. I adjust based on the situation. I try to equip the BOFs with AOE weapons as to maximize the fact there are four of them, but minimize the effects of them being stupid.

It tends to work itself out when your four normally clueless bridge officers just shoot -everybody- with their AOE phasers.
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# 7
01-30-2010, 03:34 AM
Personally, I equip all my boffs with weapons that have an 'expose' special attack, my captain with two weapons with an 'exploit' special attack (preferably one single-target and one AoE) and have 'group attack my target' bound to a mouse button.

On away missions, I generally just let them do their thing, using the 'attack my target' button to focus fire on tough opponents, and taking advantage of any 'exposes' that my boffs cause, switching weapons as appropriate.
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# 8
01-30-2010, 03:37 AM
^ I like that better than what I posted. So much so that I'm gonna start doing that. Heh.
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# 9
01-30-2010, 03:53 AM
if you're alone on away missions you can stop time and enter your commands without stress...

There are some pet_commands available for use with the / bind command, e.g. for the "attack my target"

iirc /cmdlist gives you a list of all commands, look for those with "pet" in their name
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