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I've got to say, while I was somewhat intrigued when they first announced the development of this game (long before its various troubles), the more I see of it, the less impressed I become. That said, ship designs in Star Trek have been increasingly off-putting for me, particularly once we entered the Enterprise-E era, so I shouldn't be entirely surprised.

I guess I was particularly naive in hoping for the game to be set during TMP era though. Back to Klingon Academy for me...

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Been a while since anything's been added to this thread.

Oslo Class - Looks like a cross between an Akira and a Norway. I was never a fan of the Norway in the first place, so I'm not particularly thrilled about this one either. Still, I like it a little better than the Sovereign-wannabe-with-fugly-rollbar from earlier.

Excalibur Class - Pretty much the Constitution done in late-24th Century style (heck, the description says as much). Again, not terribly original, but I think this is my favorite STO class yet.

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quote:
Oslo Class - Looks like a cross between an Akira and a Norway.
Oslo class. Norway class. I'm sure there's a connection here, no matter how vague.
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That Excalibur class is assinine- it's only 350 meters long with Nova nacelles and a very "Connie Refit" torp launcher.
WHY would starfleet designs go backwards 100 years?
I cant see it as anything but the "Nostalgia class".

Also, those two rows of dorsal windows dont work on a saucer that small- not unless it's very convex.

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I dunno, I don't see why every ship has to be ridiculously huge. Seems to me the Excalibur fits basically the same role as the Intrepid.

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At least it doesn't look exactly like a previous design but with extra fins or a hideous, out of place rollbar.

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Nim
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It looks like a serious attempt to modernize the Constitution class, even says so in the bio. Any other views?
I'd very much like to see the Stargazer class with that design kit, with Connie photon tubes in both nacelle axles, like the studio model had.

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I like the idea, but the whole design lineage of ST:O is so completely redundant and boring. I think it started with the Defiant and her multi-colored hull plates and got worse with the designs of ships like the Intrepid or Sovereign. And this is the epitome. Too sleek, to modern (as in 'beginning of 21st century modern'). I love Probert's and Sternbach's E-D lineage (the Nebula and all of that). Same for TOS or TMP era. Now that was something truly original. It looked much cooler than these arguably designed-to-look-cool-ships they come up with today.

Still, I like the idea of havin a 24th century Constitution. Starship designs seem to be totally arbitrary anyway. There is no reason why the nacelles should be above or below the saucer, how many it should have, should the pylons be short, long, curved or whether there should be a neck and so on. But, without any doubt, the classic Constitution design is one of the best. Ever. So why the hell not?

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I think a lot of you are reading too far into the default designs of these ships. According to the dev interviews, ships will be so changeable and refit-able, that you could take something like say, the new Oslo class, and make it look almost completely different. It's rare you'll see the default configuration in this game.
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quote:
Originally posted by Mirror-Amasov:

Still, I like the idea of havin a 24th century Constitution.

So why not just give us a real Connie. If you look at the screenshots page, the Centaur is in the game. If that ship still exists in the 25th Century, why not the Connie, even if it didn't appear in the TNG series (except for that Wolf 359 wreckage).
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Sure- we should suggest to the US Navy that they send the USS America out on patrol to intercept North Korean weapons shipping.

The America is a wooden sloop design, over 100 years old, but it still floats so why not, right?

That's the same reasoning as having a Conie refit serving alongside a Soverign or later design.

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Yeah, but she'll have the Merrimac and the Monitor as escort. [Smile]
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Jason Abbadon
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That's the Virginia and the Monitor ya no account Yankee dog! [Wink]
But it makes the point- just because a vessel is sea (or space) worthy does not garner it a place in a modern navy (or Starfleet, in this case).

Just look at what cannon fodder those poor Mirandas were- Starfleet probbaly was desperate enough to re-commission old ships by the time of DS9:SOA, having lost entire fleets of what we can assume were frontline ships.

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Fascinating...
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Bra-less tight fitting leather jumpsuits are apparently the way of the future. I'd mock this, but when I think about the mini skirts in TOS it's not as laughable.
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