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Andrew Lepperd
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It seems that there's a lot more excitement about the Stargazer than the Raven, but I think as far as the ships themselves, the Raven is going to be far more interesting and impacting on the fed pure/semi-pure meta.

The Stargazer, I expect will be another cruiser/escort in the 20-24 range in the vein of the Miranda/Constitution/Excelsior, something we basically already have. Maybe it will have neat unique text, but I think the Raven is going to be far more interesting overall.

It will almost certainly be the least costly Fed ship. I'm picturing something like the Apnex/Vo, coming in at ~12-14 points. This is kind of cool for Feds, since they don't have a dedicated cheap support platform like that.

It will probably be the first Fed ship not to have the "standard Federation" action bar. I can't really see how they'd justify Battlestations, and Target Lock seems unlikely as well. This was far from a combat ship. The named version may well have cloak as an action bar action, though a Defiant-like tech upgrade (Multi-Adaptive Shielding) is also a possibility. Hoping for the former to save a tech slot and keep it dirt cheap, though.

I'd say it will probably come in at:
Attack: 1
Agility: 2-3
Hull: 2
Shields: 1-2
Scan, Evade, Cloak*, Sensor Echo*
tech, crew

*Named only


Just my educated guess, of course.
 
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Your forgetting the NX01 will be 2/2/3/0 or close to it for a cost of close to the Raven but I see what your getting at. The problem with a federation Apnex is the lack of green die to keep it alive.
 
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DonMegel wrote:
Your forgetting the NX01 will be 2/2/3/0 or close to it for a cost of close to the Raven but I see what your getting at. The problem with a federation Apnex is the lack of green die to keep it alive.


Good point about the NX-01. I think the Raven will probably have the better maneuver profile though, being slightly larger than runabout sized IINM. I expect the NX-01 will be nearly as cheap, but will be a bit more of a cruiser-type vessel on the dial, action bar, upgrades, etc.

As far as green dice though, like I said I'm hoping for cloaking on the bar. If the shielding has to be purchased as an upgrade I hope it's either cheap, confers some additional benefit over standard cloak, or both.

It should be interesting to have a Federation faction nimble, inexpensive dedicated support ship.
 
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alepperd wrote:
It seems that there's a lot more excitement about the Stargazer than the Raven, but I think as far as the ships themselves, the Raven is going to be far more interesting and impacting on the fed pure/semi-pure meta.

The Stargazer, I expect will be another cruiser/escort in the 20-24 range in the vein of the Miranda/Constitution/Excelsior, something we basically already have. Maybe it will have neat unique text, but I think the Raven is going to be far more interesting overall.

It will almost certainly be the least costly Fed ship. I'm picturing something like the Apnex/Vo, coming in at ~12-14 points. This is kind of cool for Feds, since they don't have a dedicated cheap support platform like that.

It will probably be the first Fed ship not to have the "standard Federation" action bar. I can't really see how they'd justify Battlestations, and Target Lock seems unlikely as well. This was far from a combat ship. The named version may well have cloak as an action bar action, though a Defiant-like tech upgrade (Multi-Adaptive Shielding) is also a possibility. Hoping for the former to save a tech slot and keep it dirt cheap, though.

I'd say it will probably come in at:
Attack: 1
Agility: 2-3
Hull: 2
Shields: 1-2
Scan, Evade, Cloak*, Sensor Echo*
tech, crew

*Named only


Just my educated guess, of course.


Pretty good guesses on the Raven! 1/2/2/3 with tech tech crew and scan, evade only. You were spot on with most of it.

Now the question is what upgrade cards - I would think some sort of multi-phase shielding and some other tech related type cards since it has the 2 tech slots. If it does come with a cloak upgrade, I don't know if I'd want to spend the points on it with my whopping 2 hull.
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