Some people are insisting that the opal is a necessary ship. I don't make them as it is useless, you have to load the torps on it, it only builds 6 torps at a time, NOT very useful. But if you want it on a scout basis, fine keep it. But the Topez and Sky Garnet, need to be changed, as a Die hard Tholian player the last thing you need is a lot of 1 engine ships, or 2 engine LOW Crew count.
The Topez needs to have 2 engines more crew and and a cargo of at least 30, AND WHY ON EARTH WOULD THE THOLIANS HAVE A SHIP WITH 0 TORP TUBES. The Tholians need a ship that can attack planets, The Ruby and Emerald have other duties and I am not going into details, gives to much a way, the Diamond and Thunder are the Carrier and SB base Combo. NO ship in the fleet that a right minded Tholian would use to take out NON SB planets. In enters a newer Sky Garnet upped options Mass of 150, Cargo 60, 6beams,4Torps, fuel tank 220. I would still argue that for a Tech 10, 4 engine ship, the Thunder could do with about 20-30 more in cargo. Lots of Smaller lower tech ships with more cargo than that, 80 usually means one big carrier battle, hope you win, and have the money on hand to build a new SB in the Area, and build another 60 fighters for it.
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