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A quick look at the new Romulan Starbase,its abilities and what to expect as a mid tier station, a chat about the romulan faction changes that can be expected as well as a few videos treats as well.

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Hey Folks,

Bane here and a quick look at the new improved Romulan outpost today!

The theme of the romulans ( Taken from and credit to Memory Alpha)

In keeping with their xenophobic and arguably racist attitudes, the Romulans tend to conquer species rather than form alliances with them, and individual Romulans tend to treat other species with varying degrees of disdain.That did not prevent them from employing diplomacy when it suited their purposes. Soon after their emergence from a century of isolation in the mid 2260s, they had established at least two embassies with the Federation. One such embassy was a three-way endeavor on the planet Nimbus III, along with the Klingon Empire, and the other was on Earth itself. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)Klingons and Romulans once shared an alliance for a number of years, beginning in the 2260s. Over the years, a number of incidents, including the Khitomer Massacre, led the Klingons to develop a deep-seated hatred for the Romulans, and the Romulans were arguably the species that Klingon society in general despises most of all. (TOS: "The Enterprise Incident";TNG: "The Neutral Zone")

So with the above we have a deep seated distrust of others and we've tried to build this into the mod and with it the Romulans employ trickery and deception a theme we have spread across the capital ship and starbase weapons (described in the above video.

Were also hard at work rebalancing the Romulan faction as a whole so you will feel their reliance on capital ship vessels the powerful "warbirds" and notice that they care very little for their smaller craft which are built for speed not durability see the following video of the original TNG footage remastered by Chris Cunningham below which shows an example of a Romulan Dderidex and Scout Vessel (all respect to Chris who spends hours of work reanimating old TNG footage etc)

The new romulan capital ships will be fast and heavily shielded being able to take some immense punishment and we hope you enjoy this new take on this iconic faction (look out for a follow up faction demo and news post after our starbase/turret and artillery work is complete)

its been short and sweet today but Ill see you all soon for yet another update on our starbase changes for STA3 CTA

P.S. for those having issues with version 1 still please use the bugs forum so we can respond to your issues!

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TheBleachDoctor
TheBleachDoctor

Maybe you can ask Chris to make a new starting sequence for the game, in the vein of the old startup sequences from Armada and Armada 2.

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davidt0504
davidt0504

I'm so eager for the new version to be released :D
I can't wait to battle against the dominion and the romulans are sounding more awesome (and true to canon) than ever!

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Guest
Guest

Do I hear Command and Conquer?

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Bane(Dev) Author
Bane(Dev)

You do, i tend to inflict my music choices onto unsuspecting people ;)

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Enter_the_Unimatrix
Enter_the_Unimatrix

I heard hell march and I heard 'in the house in a heartbeat' last time. Both are in my short standard music playlist :) That makes me happy.

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Guest
Guest

Hi,
Is it only me or are the Voice and Sound in the Dev vids so quiet?

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Bane(Dev) Author
Bane(Dev)

i try to balance these out where i can :)

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fangoriously
fangoriously

ok, now that's a ship research tree that makes sense.

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Bane(Dev) Author
Bane(Dev)

thanks we felt that all the trees needed a rework they all are looking great now and i feel more balanced

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MagicHead
MagicHead

And I already loved the Romulans, and now you guys go and make them better. I can't wait

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Chaoslord_ZX
Chaoslord_ZX

Okay so the fact that I am listening to Command and Conquer music in this video and that gas giant planets name is Tacitus cannot be a simple coincidence....

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IronDeath84
IronDeath84

Looks fantastic, keep up the great work!

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CharlieTwoDelta
CharlieTwoDelta

Ok, Bane. You wanna know what I think?

I can't wait to get my my hands on this. My girlfriend (revirenta - here on moddb.com) loves the Romulans. And I hope you don't give her the power to kick my starfleet butt back to Utopia Planetia...

She loves the D'deridex and the Scimitar. So giving her more capital ships and the ability to transwarp them from base to base is... well I guess I have to move her to "other battlegrounds" :-)

She has a very close eye on the romulan faction. I'll be sure to tell her to post her thoughts about the changes.

As for me - I think the romulans are (now) a worthy adversary.

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OhNoesBunnies!
OhNoesBunnies!

Bane you're so quiet, like a puppy.

A puppy who wants attention but isn't truly adamant about getting it.

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Bane(Dev) Author
Bane(Dev)

i simply have no words to respond with but thanks i think!, we have a great team here at STA3 dev group and really i am but one much thanks goes to maxloef and gul because without them i wouldnt be doing what im doing today, also like to give a shout out to KillaBC, Draconis, Ric Adbur, Phoenix, Wiley, El Vi Riachi and many more who make the mod what it is today :)

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Crazy_Dutch
Crazy_Dutch

Oef, played 1.0 for way too many hours before; but i decided to wait for all the new goodies you guys are teasing us with!
CAN'T WAIT to get my hands on this! Keep up the amazing work :-)

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gargamosch
gargamosch

I really woud like Captain Shack to do a preview of all the new good stuff you guys added. Anyay, I like the Romulans cause in late game they are awesome. More captial ships for the Roms is a neat idea. I dig it. I just wish that nearly every Romulan ship has a cloaking device or at least all their capital ships. Would be nice having a fleet warp in and then decloack the caps for the surpise of your enemy. And if you could cloak them all at once. I know there is a cloak fleet ability, but since the caps are more important to the romulans now they should be able to cloak to get out of combat if needed.

cheers, Garga

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CharlieTwoDelta
CharlieTwoDelta

Thats true. There is no real cloaking, cuz you can still see the Playerlogo of the ship while cloaked in pvp. You just can't get a weaponslock.
correct me if I'm wrong.

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Bane(Dev) Author
Bane(Dev)

sadly the engine doesnt support true to form cloaking or mass selection abilities but we have recently re added cloak to the romulan cruisers and frigates, we could add seperate cloaks to capital ships but then we would have to drop one other ability and im sure you guys would complain about that :)

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CharlieTwoDelta
CharlieTwoDelta

From all I have seen so far... You guys know what works best for the mod. You will make wise decisions. Besides... You can't please everyone. Some feet have to be stepped on. :-)

Like Dukat answered me that it will not happen to get Rikers Future Galaxy X as a titan ship. My feet are sore - but I can live with it as long as you keep up the excellent work. Again a very big thank you Dev-Team!

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halogamer343
halogamer343

I truly do love the Romulans, but I think buffing their capitals might be a bit too much, a fleet of 10 Buzzards and a Scimitar can already take on a frigate&cruiser mixed fleet of Klingons or Feds with numbers around 100-150 :p

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Bane(Dev) Author
Bane(Dev)

we will balance it out very carefully and we are nerfing/buffing some of the romulan capital abilities :)

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