|Posted - 2006.07.31 04:03:00 -
Originally by: Ithildin
Everyone who is serious about Amarr getting a tier 3 drone battleship needs to pod themselves until they've got no skills left, then go play WoW - where devs don't give a flying **** about racial identity (they're releasing paladins for the Horde, for example and for those who care).
You see, an Amarr drone ship is about as likely as a Gallentean missile ship with double damage bonus and 8 launchers (making it better than any missile ship the Caldari will ever have). Drones aren't Amarrian.
There's plenty of more analogies I can make in order to illustrate how proposterous a non-Gallentean top-tier drone ship would be.
Originally by: Arbitrator description
The Arbitrator is unusual for Amarr ships in that it's primarily a drone carrier.
If this doesn't say it all, then I don't know what does.
I'm not saying that drone ships should be restricted to Gallente only, I am saying that if there exist a non-Gallentean drone ship in a ship class, then the Gallentean version in the same class must be higher tier and therefore stronger (not necessarily in all ways, but in *most* ways). Pretty much how it is between Vexor and Arbitrator, even though an EWar bonus is very, very, potent with a drone ship.
Ithildin I would agree with you on "preserve racial identity" except for 2 things.
- The Rokh with 8 turrets and is Caldari shows that gameplay>>>racial backstory.
- All other Tier 3 BS getting 8 turrets when according to backstory Amarr are the "turret specialists" shows that gameplay>>>>backstory.
While I agree that the Abaddon as a drone carrier shouldn't eclipse the Domi, it can easily be made an 8 midslot ship with drone bonuses and tracking disruptor bonuses with only enough dronebay to fit 5 heavies and 5 lights and be balanced. Just as the Arbi is balanced with the Vexxor. FFS all the other tier 3 bs are getting 6 mids AND filling in "holes" in thier respective fleets. If the Abaddon can't be a drone boat then make it 8/8 turrets/missiles.
For gameplay reasons Amarr need some variety to thier BS. We need a ship that actually fills the gaping "holes" in our fleets. For gameplay we need the Abaddon not to completely eclipse the Apoc and Geddon and render them pointless, or considerably less usefull than they are now.
Can you see that the Abaddon as currently sugggested does this exactly? It add *NOTHING* to the Amarr fleet, while rendering 2/3's of the Amarr BS pointless as it does everything they can do, and better when properly set up.
Originally by: Tux
The thought of a missile spewing armor tanking cool black looking ship makes me happy in the pants