How Star Trek Online constructs its new pilot ships

    
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How Star Trek Online constructs its new pilot ships
The newest ships in Star Trek Online are all based around making players feel like that piloting specialization was a good expenditure of time and effort. Also being cool ships in their own rights, obviously. So how do you design a new pilot ship? We’re not going to speculate because we don’t have to; the latest development diary on the official site outlines how pilot ships went from a concept to a reality.

One of the biggest issues was deciding the ship classes for each of the ships to fall into. Obviously, the Federation ship needed to be an Escort and the Romulans had the advantage of the anything-goes Warbirds, but it wasn’t immediately obvious whether the Klingon ship should be a Raptor or a Bird-of-Prey. For more details on the design process and the cross-faction differences for all three ships, check out the full diary.

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dwhisper
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Hell, these ships are such glass cannons that you’re likely to get regularly blown up in them anyway. I’m starting to think they’re so fragile so tanking becomes important again…

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CastagereShaikura 
Keep looking I(if you have the patience). The Fleet I’m in now wasn’t the first Fleet I joined either.
When I posted on the Fleet recruitment forum, I was very specific about the kind of Fleet I was hoping to find — specifically talking about the key qualities I was seeking (friendly; fun; inclusive, with near-zero tolerance for drama).

I tried not to make my list too long, but I made sure to include everything which was truly important to me.

Then I talked about howe I intended to bring the Fleet the same qualities I was asking to see, and how I hoped to be good for the Fleet in other ways too.

I guess it’s kind of like writing a Single’s Ad — and, yeah, it can be annoying having to “date” some Fleets before you find a good “relationship” — but if you don’t look, you might never find.

Best of luck with it!

CastagereShaikura
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mysecretid CastagereShaikura then i would say you really are lucky to have found such a fleet in the game. I’VE been in two and they both turned into elitist gear/dps fleets.

Rebel Engie
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Rebel Engie

One of the best thing about this game is when you get to the Delta Quadrant, you can /headbutt Neelix in the “Reunion” episode.

Rebel Engie
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Rebel Engie

mysecretid
Yeah it was a blow to me as well, but then I realized that if you join a Fleet you can get a T6 Fleet ship pretty cheap.

Spacejesus3k
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Spacejesus3k

BKone mysecretid Escorts with beams will out dps a cruiser with beams any day of the week. In fact the most powerful ship in the game is still the Scimitar, which is just a big escort.

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BKone 
No shame in a battlecruiser! And I’ll tell you, I’ve been playing STO since beta, and (as I suspect you already know) what’s considered “the best ship and the best loadout” changes faster than New York fashion trends. 
Play what you like, and what works for you, and you’ll have a better time, for sure.

A captain who knows his or her ship; who knows what their ship can do in different situations, and how to work their playstyle to best advantage with the ship they love will always be a force majeure in Star Trek Online.
Tactics matter. DPS kills things _faster_ but as long as the mission gets done, its all good. If you know your starship and its abilities well, your tactics can often lessen the need for raw dps anyway. 

As I mentioned below, anybody who gives you grief in a pick-up-group about your dps, they’re just the standard pug elitest assholes in a Star Trek uniform. Ignore them. Find a friendly Fleet and run groups with them instead.

Cheers,

Slaphammer
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Slaphammer

mysecretid I love the game, but it still sucks to reach level 50 and not get a free new ship like you’ve become accustomed to at all the earlier breakpoints, and then again at 60.

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CastagereShaikura 
You’re right that there’s a very loud elitist faction within the game, and they’re incredibly tiresome.
If you want to play with others, but you don’t want to deal with these judgemental assholes (and who does?), you need to seek out a good Fleet and run the group missions only with your Fleeties.

I’d recommend the Fleet I’m a part of, but our reputation as being a friendly, fun-first Fleet has preceded us, and we’re literally full-up.

There’s a Fleet recruitment section on the (otherwise poisonous) Star Trek Online forums. Post what you’re looking for there, and keep posting until you get a response from a Fleet you like. It’s how I found the Fleet I’m in.

I know that the elitist players can be incredibly annoying with their dps-fixations, and their insistence that STO is a pure gear game (it’s absolutely not).

To paraphrase something one of the the top-tier captains in our Fleet likes to say, defeating enemy vessels 14.6 seconds faster than the player with different gear doesn’t really matter — what matters is that the mission gets done, and that you have fun while doing it.

Good luck,

CastagereShaikura
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mysecretid If what you say is true..then why is there so much rage on the boards about needing a certain amount of dps or your useless? Why is there so much fighting about getting in ques and getting kicked for not having the right gear? The game seems to be pushing player into the gear/dps race all the time. Sure you can play the game but alone unless you give in to the elitist players controlling the game.