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Captain's log, Stardate 20130527 Romulan expansion is now live. [STO]

Just_Bri_ThanksJust_Bri_Thanks Seething with ragefrom a handbasket.Registered User, ClubPA regular
edited May 2013 in MMO Extravaganza




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Star Trek Online is, what else, an MMO based in the Star Trek universe.

The Universe is Your Only Limit – Play as much as you like for as long as you like at no cost. No subscription is necessary, nor is payment of any kind required.
Episodic Gameplay – Experience new weekly episodes that feature story-based gameplay and put your captain's ability to command to the ultimate test.
Your Captain, Your Crew, Your Destiny – Become a captain, seek out new life and new civilizations and encounter hostile beings as you advance to maximum level for free.
Familiar Places, New Experiences – Travel to Starfleet Academy, Deep Space Nine, The First City of Qo'noS and many other iconic locations and notable worlds from the beloved Star Trek universe.


CURRENT SEASON CHANGES
Spoiler:

THE FACTIONS

At the moment, there are two factions, Federation and Klingon Defense Force.
The Federation is comprised of Human, Vulcans, Andorians, and more.
The Klingon Defense Force is comprised of Klingons, Orions, Gorn, and so on.
Both are able to create your own race using a fairly powerful character creator.

A third faction, the Romulan Star Empire, is slated for eventual development

THE SHIPS - NSF56k
Federation / KDF

SHIP INFO

Cruisers: Designed to be played by circling your enemy. These have a slow turn rate and are intended to be used as "tanks"
and damage soakers. The common consensus seems to be that players should stick with beam arrays -- this will give them the
largest firing arcs and weapon overlap as they circle their enemy.

Escorts: Designed to be played as a "hit and fade" style of attack. These are very fast and maneuverable ships. They are
intended to make multiple passes on their target, unloading all the firepower they can on each successive pass. They have
the lowest crew population and the smallest shields. This means they have lower survivability and low repair rates. They
must rely on other ships to soak the damage and repair them when necessary.

Science Vessels: These ships are intended to be support ships on the battlefield. They have some incredibly strong buffs
and debuffs at their disposal. They are also fairly maneuverable, although not as much as the escorts. They have the
smallest amount of weapon slots and their primary strength lies in the usage of their abilities, not in their phaser banks
or torpedoes.

NEWBIE INFO
Spoiler:

FEATURED EPISODES - These missions offer special rewards. Some are only for a limited time! However, they come back during
the "Featured Episode Re-runs"
Spoiler:

SPECIAL TASK FORCES - The Raid of STO

-Infected - Investigate a federation station that Starfleet has lost contact with.
-The Cure - A planet has been completely taken over by the Borg. Fight them for control of the planet.
-Khitomer Accord - Travel back in time and uncover and participate in the events that led to the release of old Borg you encountered in the Tutorial Episode.
-Terradome - You're tasked with investigating a strange energy signature, but things quickly take a turn for the dangerous when you uncover an Undine terradome

STFridays!

Infected is no trouble anymore so I'll stop scheduling it for play through STFridays. If anyone wants to run Infected for any reason, just let me know and I'll set one up.

-6/24-9:00 p.m. EST-THE CURE (Federation)

PLAY WITH US!

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.


Just joined the KDF? Been here all along? Feeling lonely? Worry no more!
A community movement to bring newbies up to speed and have a good time has started. Larger numbers of players pop up here
on Saturdays.

To join, again, type the following:
/channel_join "KDFassistance"

REFER-A-FRIEND

The Deets:

Once your friend has purchased Star Trek Online, you’ll receive a brand new title – Courier – as well as an exclusive
Holographic Tribble Pet! What’s more, you both can enjoy:


-A special power to instantly travel to your friend (first 30 days).
-A 5% Captain and Officer skill point bonus when you’re teamed up (first 15 days).
-A 5% damage bonus when you’re teamed up (first 15 days).


Once your recruit has subscribed to the game for a month, you’ll earn:

-A new title: Recruiter.
-An exclusive Holographic Bridge Officer (works with Federation and Klingon players).
-400 Cryptic Points.

For each additional recruit that subscribes to the game, you’ll receive an additional 400 Cryptic Points. Once you’ve
recruited five subscribers, you’ll receive these great rewards:


-A new title: Master Recruiter
-A special ship: The Tier 5 "All Good Things" Galaxy Class.

GAME INFO

- Previous Thread - Lots of good recent info from about page 90 onward.
- STOwiki - Probably the most helpful for general knowledge
- Cryptic Store - Spend Cryptic Points on new ships, costumes, XP bonuses, and more (C-Points are earned through referrals, and dolla bills)
- Suricata's Star Chart
- Official Forums Information Index
- Character Planner
- "The Engines Can't Take It" information blog
- Memory Alpha Crafting Info Thread
- Trek DB

SO WHO THE HELL PLAYS THIS?

A good number of people! This list is a work in progress that I'm adding to as I can, but it'll be in the format of
- FORUM NAME: @GAME NAME (newbie tip: to add a friend type /friend @name)
If you want to be added, please send me a pm or let me know in-game.

- Valaena: @Bridgeson
- Madcaddy: @Madcaddy
- Regina Fong: @Tom_Quantum
- Shapshifter: @Shapey
- TOGSolid: @Togsolid
- GaryO: @Gary_O

(Lots of kudos to Basil for the last OP, much of this is his, I just updated some of the information.)

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Some days I just want to smack people with a rolled up newspaper. Or a phone book.
A folding chair is looking like an attractive option right now too...
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  • ShapeshifterShapeshifter Pants Optioanl Registered User regular
    dastahl:
    "Tomorrow's release is a big timed integration update that requires multiple teams across Cryptic Studios and Perfect World to be in synch. We all have to release simultaneously in order for the integration between account services and billing to update properly. This is the reason for the extended downtime and why CO, STO, and some parts of the PW and Cryptic Web teams are involved. As some have deduced, it may also mean the release of Season 6, but we have not announced anything as of yet. We realize there are still a few reported bugs from Tribble. The team is working pretty much around the clock addressing issues as quickly as possible. If you see an announcement or release notes that Season 6 is being put on Holodeck tomorrow, then you can expect several updates over the next week to address any remaining or newly found issues. We appreciate all of the testing we've had on TRIBBLE over the last 6 weeks. The entire STO team is focused on addressing both reported bugs as well as individual feedback. Thank you for your patience."

    Sounds like Season 6 to me, they just don't want to annouce it in case they run into a giant last minute snaffu that see's them hold it bacK?

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  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    Sounds like it to me, too. I think what's on tribble's pretty close to ready to go with yesterday's patch, but there's still a few minor thing's missing (Tholians still aren't hooked up in the Foundry).


    OP suggestion: Add the [Star Trek Online] or [STO] tag to the title, just for visibility.

  • skippymchaggisskippymchaggis Registered User regular
    as a returning player from launch, i gotta say, while a lot is still the same, it's also had quite a few improvements. the doff system is a lot of fun for some reason.

    but i've got a question about mission difficulty. i've been running stuff on normal, but am interested in stepping up to elite if it gets me better gear. is it possible to solo elite content? what sort of things do i need to be prepared for? what exactly is the benefit of stepping up to elite?

  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    edited July 2012
    Elite is soloable. Enemy health goes up a bit, unshielded ground units get shields, and their damage ramps up more (stronger ground enemies can sweep your team in one go if you don't plan and position carefully). Some enemies also get better skills - rank 3 instead of rank 1 or 2 on normal. Give advanced a try, if that's still no sweat crank it up to elite and have fun.

    Benefits: higher green/blue/purple drop rate, higher drop rate of better consumables (large batteries, critical regenerators, etc) and more exp and expertise (new name for boff skill points) from kills (not mission turn-ins). I get greens like candy on elite, but the blue/purple drop rate is already so low to start with that it's still miniscule.

    If your main goal is income, normal's actually better since you burn through enemies much faster. But elite makes for a more engaging game, longer battles, and an outside chance to win the lottery with a good drop.

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    as a returning player from launch, i gotta say, while a lot is still the same, it's also had quite a few improvements. the doff system is a lot of fun for some reason.

    but i've got a question about mission difficulty. i've been running stuff on normal, but am interested in stepping up to elite if it gets me better gear. is it possible to solo elite content? what sort of things do i need to be prepared for? what exactly is the benefit of stepping up to elite?

    I've tried Elite a bit, but tend to stick to normal.
    It's pretty much the same, but the enemies are stronger. They hit harder and take more damage before they go down but don't act any different then normal difficulty. Mission rewards stay the same, but drops tend to be better.
    The biggest difference is that in Elite you run the risk of injury. Each time your captain or a crew member dies they have a chance of acquiring an injury debuff. Different debuffs do different things, some lower damage, some lower your accuracy or resistance to damage. These injuries are cumulative, so if you die with an injury when you come back you'll still have it, plus the possibility of a new injury and so on until you feel like you're Captain Pike on an away mission. You can use Medical Regenerators to cure an injury (more severe injuries require the bigger regenerators). Ship combat has the same basic system, though you have components to repair the ship instead of Medical Regenerators.

    It's solo-able, though you need to gear your team right to take advantage of the expose/exploit system (give them expose weapons, carry a split beam rifle and hold off on that secondary fire until you've got an exposed target). It's also advisable to make sure someone on your away team can heal, preferably 2 someones.

    Ringo wrote: »
    Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.
  • timspork's ghosttimspork's ghost Ghostbuster Hook & Ladder 8Registered User regular
    Okay, once it goes up I'm hitting the Fleet Starbase and see what's up. I assume we want to get the Shipyards up as fast as possible. I'd also like to run the 5 man Tholian stuff as I really want that First Contact Space Suit.

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  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    There's confirmation I guess. I'm not completely happy with the state of S6, but it's close enough and I'd really be put out if the game were down for seven of the eight hours I actually get to play today and it was just a thing.

  • MordrackMordrack Registered User regular
    My vote goes for shipyards first.

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  • timspork's ghosttimspork's ghost Ghostbuster Hook & Ladder 8Registered User regular
    Also I finished off the MkX Maco set. Still sad I don't get a cool armor appearance but holy geez that instant re-modulation you get with the full set is really nice and makes ground stfs way less annoying.

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  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    edited July 2012
    That's basically the only answer, I think. The weapons and ships are there, and those are the top two rewards. Shields, deflectors, armor, engines... most people are using sets and probably won't drop those bonuses even for mk XII ultrapurples. Everyone's wetting themselves over ships, though, and that's pretty fair.

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  • timspork's ghosttimspork's ghost Ghostbuster Hook & Ladder 8Registered User regular
    edited July 2012
    Do we want to just dump the fleet bank's crafting resources into the starbase? Does anyone even care about normal crafting anymore? We have a whole tab that is almost totally full o full stacks of crafting mats.

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  • MordrackMordrack Registered User regular
    Yeah, the retrofitted sovie makes it a no-brainer.

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  • timspork's ghosttimspork's ghost Ghostbuster Hook & Ladder 8Registered User regular
    I actually want a retrofit heavu cruiser, the one with the four nacelles. I had a customized one that I really liked the look of.

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  • timspork's ghosttimspork's ghost Ghostbuster Hook & Ladder 8Registered User regular
    Now they say the website is undergoing maintinence but regular game play is unaffected. I can login it I'm stuck at retrieving List of characters.

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  • AvynteAvynte Registered User regular
    edited July 2012
    Yeah, the log in servers must be getting hammered pretty hard. Guess I'll have to try again in a few hours to see if things ease up.

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  • timspork's ghosttimspork's ghost Ghostbuster Hook & Ladder 8Registered User regular
    edited July 2012
    I might be in. Got my character. Now sitting on retrieving list of maps. Now loading.

    Supplimental: server not responding

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  • OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
    Blah, thought I did the pre-patching. Guess I didn't so now I have to wait a while to hop in and help out with the Starbase.

  • WolveSightWolveSight Registered User regular
    I got in for a few brief seconds, then was dced. Now back at the "retrieving characters" screen.

  • OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
    Great, can't even DL the patch since it gets stuck at like 10MB. >.<;

  • timspork's ghosttimspork's ghost Ghostbuster Hook & Ladder 8Registered User regular
    edited July 2012
    I got a queue now. But I'm 1 of 292 and climbing.

    416 now, I somehow don't feel that I really am number 1 in this queue.

    Edit then the loading screen pops up and I immediately get a server not responding message.

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  • ShapeshifterShapeshifter Pants Optioanl Registered User regular
    im in and no longer crashing, looking at our fleet base, special project for a limited time only - ends july 26th
    "Room with a view" opens star base shutters so we can see out into space

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  • MuddypawsMuddypaws Registered User regular
    Bah, I was logged on sitting in Starbase and got booted. Server seemed stable once I was on there but very little seems to be functioning. Replicator and exchange were not working and DoFF system seems to have some annoying changes (recommending officers in sickbay or on missions and not greying out when selections for mission are full).

    Probably many other things I missed too. Might be a while till things are fully functional. I wouldn't be shocked to see server down again for fixes at some point.

  • timspork's ghosttimspork's ghost Ghostbuster Hook & Ladder 8Registered User regular
    im in and no longer crashing, looking at our fleet base, special project for a limited time only - ends july 26th
    "Room with a view" opens star base shutters so we can see out into space
    DO IT.

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  • ShapeshifterShapeshifter Pants Optioanl Registered User regular
    im in and no longer crashing, looking at our fleet base, special project for a limited time only - ends july 26th
    "Room with a view" opens star base shutters so we can see out into space
    DO IT.

    I am not the fleet leader, he's the only one who can start projects (server is down atm now)

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  • Just_Bri_ThanksJust_Bri_Thanks Seething with rage from a handbasket.Registered User, ClubPA regular
    If anyone wants to see some part of the OP modified, please ping me with a @Just_Bri_Thanks so I get wind of it.

    Some days I just want to smack people with a rolled up newspaper. Or a phone book.
    A folding chair is looking like an attractive option right now too...
  • timspork's ghosttimspork's ghost Ghostbuster Hook & Ladder 8Registered User regular
    Now I get a Star Trek Online is offline for maintinence.

    @Just_Bri_Thanks, might want to change title to straight up, WE HAVE A OUR OWN STARBASE.

    Also can we have more than one fleet leader? In the interest of keeping projects going if someone is offline. I volunteer since I'm a lifetime sub, a founding member, and came up with the current name. :p

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  • WaftWaft Registered User regular
    Man, 200,000 dilithium to finish that limited time project and open those windows haha. I hope the view is good.

  • FreiFrei Registered User regular
    Windows are a structural weakness. We shouldn't use them.

    spare your face the razor, because no one's gonna spare the time for you.
  • timspork's ghosttimspork's ghost Ghostbuster Hook & Ladder 8Registered User regular
    Frei wrote: »
    Windows are a structural weakness. We shouldn't use them.

    Man I want a view.

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  • timspork's ghosttimspork's ghost Ghostbuster Hook & Ladder 8Registered User regular
    Okay I'm in, how do we start construction?

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  • ShapeshifterShapeshifter Pants Optioanl Registered User regular
    Okay I'm in, how do we start construction?

    fleet leader has to start them

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  • WaftWaft Registered User regular
    Okay I'm in, how do we start construction?

    Someone with permission access to set base projects needs to choose the initial projects. They also need to set permissions to appropriate ranks for who can contribute and buy from the fleet store (when it's built). Default is that none of the lower ranks can donate/buy.

    Our Klingon base is up and running. Haven't been able to log onto Fed side to see what's going on there.

  • timspork's ghosttimspork's ghost Ghostbuster Hook & Ladder 8Registered User regular
    Nothing is going on fed side. No fleet admirals on.

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  • jamesrajamesra Chicago, ILRegistered User regular
    Nothing is going on fed side. No fleet admirals on.

    We can have more than one fleet leader, and if I can ever log on, I'll make you one as well. (IIRC, I'm one, Hevach is, Nak is, and there are a couple of others floating around).

    "Everything in war is very simple, but the simplest thing is difficult. The difficulties accumulate and end by producing a kind of friction. . . . This tremendous friction . . . is everywhere in contact with chance, and brings about effects that cannot be measured, just because they are largely due to chance" Carl Von Clausezwitz. (1832),
  • LostInThoughtLostInThought Registered User regular
    edited July 2012
    Hmm... well I keep getting disconnected then put back into queue. Frustrating.

    So wolfe has to start a project to get the starbase? Or someone who ranks higher than me...

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  • WaftWaft Registered User regular
    I believe the highest rank is the only one that can start projects, buy provisions, and contribute resources so some tinkering with permissions will be needed. I think I got the base permissions all working klink side but just shout if something needs adjustment. I don't think I have as high Fed permissions so can't do anything over there.

  • HellboreHellbore Registered User regular
    edited July 2012
    Holy crap the servers are getting hammered. If I ever get on I'll see if I can contribute anything.

    EDIT: I have never sat in a queue this long. Still number 1231 in line

    Hellbore on
  • Just_Bri_ThanksJust_Bri_Thanks Seething with rage from a handbasket.Registered User, ClubPA regular
    jamesra wrote: »
    Nothing is going on fed side. No fleet admirals on.

    We can have more than one fleet leader, and if I can ever log on, I'll make you one as well. (IIRC, I'm one, Hevach is, Nak is, and there are a couple of others floating around).

    You can make me one too. I don't log in almost ever, but I have a life sub and I can jump in and push buttan in a pinch.

    Some days I just want to smack people with a rolled up newspaper. Or a phone book.
    A folding chair is looking like an attractive option right now too...
  • AvynteAvynte Registered User regular
    Haha, the queue keeps going up and up :rotate:

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