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[Star Trek Online] Boldly Going In Front Of Your Computer For Free!

OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
edited January 2012 in Social Entropy++
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(Disclamer: This type of fight does not exist within the game)

Released February 2010 by the people behind Champions Online, Star Trek Online has enjoyed a quiet amount of success. While no WoW-killer, it's certainly fun by giving players a chance to fly their own starship for either the Federation or the Klingons. Now, on January 17 (17-01) 2012, the game will officially become free-to-play, letting those who didn't feel like paying either fifteen bucks a month or 300 for a lifetime subscription a chance to try the game out.

What's It All About

Despite the recent reboot movie, the game follows the original canon of the franchise (yeah, even that one episode of Voyager) but set ahead thirty years or so after the events of the last original-canon movie, Nemesis. Within that time, things have gotten a bit...well, let's allow him to explain.



Who To Play As
Spoiler:

Who To Play With

Penny Arcade has a presence in-game on both sides. To quote the G&T thread:
Penny Arcade has a fleet, the "Arcadian Defense Fleet"

We have a chat channel setup, this is where we Arcadians chat. To join, type the following:
/channel_join "Penny Arcade"
The quotation marks are important, don't forget them.

There is also a PA Klingon Fleet, called the "House of M'rch." Everyone uses the same old Penny Arcade channel no matter
their faction.

One thing to keep in mind is that the game leans much more towards the Federation then the Klingon Empire, mainly due to a smaller amount of PvE stuff to do on that side. This is probably why the developers have players' new KDF characters start at Lv20 now. Hopefully this will change in the future.

Where To Go To Learn More

http://www.startrekonline.com/ - The game's site where you can set up your account.
http://www.stowiki.org/Main_Page - The game's wiki, though some of the pages are out of date or non-existent.
http://www.spidermitch.com/sto/index.html & http://www.spidermitch.com/STO/KDF/index.html Big (in size and file-size) detailed charts showing off the ships on both sides.
http://www.alienwarearena.com/giveaway/star-trek-online-subscription-bundle/ - A free 10-day trial key of the game that'll also unlock the NX-Enterprise as a starter ship and ST: Enterprise uniforms for you and your Bridge Officers to wear.

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  • The Geebs That Got BigtimedThe Geebs That Got Bigtimed Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    excuse me I'm still trying to figure out what exactly is happening in that first piece of artwork

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    excuse me I'm still trying to figure out what exactly is happening in that first piece of artwork

    eroticism

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    alien eroticism

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  • The Geebs That Got BigtimedThe Geebs That Got Bigtimed Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    anyways the game itself is pretty interesting for what it is, and I'd probably give it another look if I wasn't up to my neck in star wars right now

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  • OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
    PiptheFair wrote:
    excuse me I'm still trying to figure out what exactly is happening in that first piece of artwork

    eroticism

    That comes later when they have to rub decontamination gel all over each other.

  • AntimatterAntimatter if you want to talk to me look elsewhere.Registered User regular
    PiptheFair wrote:
    alien eroticism
    i approve

  • Zombies Tossed My Salad!Zombies Tossed My Salad! Registered User regular
    GOD DAMN IT I WAS JUST ABOUT TO MAKE THIS THREAD!



    SO STOAKED FOR THIS TO GO F2P!

  • OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
    Sorry! If it helps, feel free to toss up any info I neglected to add in the OP and I'll do so for you.

  • DichotomyDichotomy Registered User regular
    what is that art that art is terrible

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  • Zombies Tossed My Salad!Zombies Tossed My Salad! Registered User regular
    You got a pretty good OP there. Not mad about that.

    I played the Beta, and had a lot of fun with it despite the god awful away missions, but didn't have the money to get it when it came out so it kinda dropped off the map for me for a while. Then I heard that it was going free to play and I have been watching a shit ass load of DS9 so I am super excited for this to happen finally.

    Thinking I might go tactical and cruiser or escort. Thats what I did in the beta and I had a lot of fun with it.


    Have the away missions gotten better? Please say yes.

  • OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
    Have the away missions gotten better? Please say yes.

    Well they've added a 'Shooter Mode' to ground missions. By pressing the B-key on your keyboard, you go to a FPS-like over the shoulder camera-view, complete with targeting reticule. Your weapon's two firing modes get mapped to your mouse buttons with the mouse-wheel/middle mouse button used to melee anyone that comes too close. You can crouch and zoom in this mode too to improve your aim, especially with the energy sniper-rifles. The mode's a lot of fun too with the energy shotguns and chainguns in the game as well. Here's an example of it in action with a Tactical player, set in one of the ground-based Fleet Actions (STO's version of a PvE dungeon).

  • Zombies Tossed My Salad!Zombies Tossed My Salad! Registered User regular
    Ohhhhh that look MUCH better!

  • HullisHullis Registered User regular
    Not only that, Ground Combat has been re=tooled completely. Most trash mobs should take you 30 seconds, tops, even if you're not in shooter mode.

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  • Zombies Tossed My Salad!Zombies Tossed My Salad! Registered User regular
    Whats the ship upgrade time like?

    How long would it take me to go from say, base escort to tactical escort?

  • Zombies Tossed My Salad!Zombies Tossed My Salad! Registered User regular
    Gonna go watch DS9 and cry about how I can't play this until next week.

  • ChicoBlueChicoBlue Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    That is the least Klingon looking Klingon lady ever.

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  • OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
    Gonna go watch DS9 and cry about how I can't play this until next week.

    You can use one of those Alienware keys if you haven't made a STO account yet or applied a key to one. That'll let you play as a subscriber for 10 days plus let you use the NX-Enterprise as a starter Escort.

  • Zombies Tossed My Salad!Zombies Tossed My Salad! Registered User regular
    Owenashi wrote:
    Gonna go watch DS9 and cry about how I can't play this until next week.

    You can use one of those Alienware keys if you haven't made a STO account yet or applied a key to one. That'll let you play as a subscriber for 10 days plus let you use the NX-Enterprise as a starter Escort.

    wait what now?

  • FirmSkaterFirmSkater Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Got this game at release and was sorely disappointed.

    Have there been many changes?

    e: Refreshing threads before posting is overrated

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  • HullisHullis Registered User regular
    Whats the ship upgrade time like?

    How long would it take me to go from say, base escort to tactical escort?

    As F2P, I'm not sure. They've changed overall leveling so you hit Fifty (which is now max rank) FAST. Missions are giving huge amounts of EXP now, you don't need to do patrols if you're using your duty officers well. But I think you need to grind up Dilithium a bit in order to buy ships as an F2Per, someone confirm that?

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  • thedude_frombaywatchthedude_frombaywatch Registered User regular
    Awesome. Been waiting a while anticipating this

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  • HullisHullis Registered User regular
    Guys, play with me.

    I will level with you or carry you through missions.

    The game is a legitimately enjoyable experience, in my opinion. Not just a Star Trek themed chatroom.

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  • ChicoBlueChicoBlue Registered User regular
    If I play a Vulcan will I go through Pon Farr?

  • OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
    Owenashi wrote:
    Gonna go watch DS9 and cry about how I can't play this until next week.

    You can use one of those Alienware keys if you haven't made a STO account yet or applied a key to one. That'll let you play as a subscriber for 10 days plus let you use the NX-Enterprise as a starter Escort.

    wait what now?

    Check out the last link in my OP. They have about 4000 keys left which are good for those who want free stuff. Plus I believe some stuff that you unlock as a subscriber, even as a 10-day trial subscriber, stays unlocked after you slip back into F2P-mode.

  • HullisHullis Registered User regular
    ChicoBlue wrote:
    If I play a Vulcan will I go through Pon Farr?

    you just wanna get laid more than you do now

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  • OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    It looks like a big patch was dropped today at the same time the game's website and launcher got a slight remodeling to their design. A noticeable change on the site and launcher alone is the inclusion of publisher Perfect Games (the guys who released Torchlight), letting those who have accounts with them rather then Cryptic sign into the game. As for the patch notes themselves, here they are.
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  • Der Waffle MousDer Waffle Mous WALK 3X FASTER New Yark, New Yark.Registered User regular
    Oh hey, they fixed the one part of the game that was a ginormous drag.

    Excellent, because I enjoyed the hell out of the quasi SFB style space combat.

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  • KnaraKnara Registered User regular
    Oh hey, they fixed the one part of the game that was a ginormous drag.

    Excellent, because I enjoyed the hell out of the quasi SFB style space combat.

    When this first came out and I played it I *really* liked the space combat part, but so many other parts of the game got boring real quick. Was also kinda disappointed by how they handled "warp space", but eh, maybe I'll give it another try in a bit.

  • Zombies Tossed My Salad!Zombies Tossed My Salad! Registered User regular
    Got this patching finally.

    Who's with me!

  • nevilleneville The Worst Gay (Seriously. The Worst!)Registered User regular
    Set course for Ambivalence.
    Warp 9.
    Engage.


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  • The Geebs That Got BigtimedThe Geebs That Got Bigtimed Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    no man, wow and wow in space are over that way

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  • Virgil_Leads_YouVirgil_Leads_You Registered User regular
    did they ever make content and quests for the Klingons?

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  • JasconiusJasconius sword criminal Flo-ridaRegistered User regular
    I really enjoy the space combat but the ground combat, even after the upgrades, is totally irredeemable.

    Will probably pull this down again soon.

    I believe I have a Captain 4

  • RetabaRetaba A Cultist Registered User regular
    I got this when it came out, I'll re-install and jump in if anyone is interested in grouping up for stuff!

  • JasconiusJasconius sword criminal Flo-ridaRegistered User regular
    I am trying to remember what ship I have.

    I believe I have a Galaxy Class right now but with some different outer shell

    big ass cruiser

  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    I might pick it up again if I got time. I'm flying a cruiser 3 or 4, I don't remember

  • GaryOGaryO Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    did they ever make content and quests for the Klingons?

    Unless you count klingons doing Marauder-themed duty officer missions instead of Diplomacy ones then no not at all. In fact Klingons now start at like level 20 to make up for the lack of content.

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  • GonmunGonmun He keeps kickin' me in mah dickRegistered User regular
    I remember I tried this out for the 10 day trial back in September I think. Not a bad game. Might try it out again once it's in F2P.

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  • OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? peach treesRegistered User regular
    I picked up the digital deluxe edition for like three bucks in August

    As an MMO that does not have WoW combat, it's a hell of a game, but I still hate pretty much all the art and level design and the "story" of the quests and all the stupid fanservice and whatnot

    Still, though. Ship combat is pretty boss, and the shooter combat is a definite improvement

    Maybe I'll start playing a little again, see how far I can get without paying anything

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  • JasconiusJasconius sword criminal Flo-ridaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2012
    I like a LOT of the story arcs, especially once you hit Commander.

    The problem with the game though is that it encourages you to constantly repeat episodes and/or grind exploration missions and that kind of stifles the game because it exposes how truly shallow the content can be.

    If you try to be an Eagle Scout about not exploiting the episode item reward system (which is dumb) then the game gets much more visceral because you aren't constantly flying with the best set of Purple/Blue items you can possibly get for your level.

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