Deck Eight Ep20

Opening chat

Item 1 (Tom)
Right first things first before we start talking Snowballs, let me remind you of something that is coming to a close the account linking promotion, you have until the 12th to qualify for the reward, which you earn simply by registering your account with perfect world.

The Reward contains:

• 5,000 Unrefined Dilithium Ore

• A consumable item that grants 2,500 EXP (or Bridge Officer skill points if your character is at max level)

• A random Rare or Very Rare weapon, scaled to your level (space or ground)

• A pack of random ‘Self’ Dual Consumables

• A pack of random ‘Team’ Dual Consumables

NOTE: This item may only be claimed once per account. If you claim it on one character, you will not be able to claim it on a different one. This promotion originally started on June 19th, 2012, so you may have already taken part in this promotion and claimed your rewards in-game.

A word of warning though , you must use the exact same log in details as you do now,or it will be treated as a new account!

Item 2 (Shervin) http://sto.perfectworld.com/news/?p=774311

To celebrate the festive season of the end of the year, Q returns with his fabulous winter planet and all of its games and amusements! Starting December 6th around 10am PST and lasting until January 14th around 10am PST, Q’s Winter Wonderland will be accessible again by speaking with Q on Qo’noS or Earth Spacedock. Q will transport you to his spruced-up and improved winter valley.
you’ll find a new cozy gazebo added for socializing. The various vendors and the tailor are now located in the gazebo. From there, you can follow signs to special events, or you can head out into the snow to explore.

(Aaron)
But it’s dangerous out there . . . be sure to pick up some snowballs from the piles that you’ll find scattered about the area, since you’ll need them. Q’s decided to add a little fun by animating the snowmen and sending them to keep you frosty, and you can only stop them with a barrage of snowballs! Every half-hour, the snowmen will come to a semblance of life and hunt people down with the intention of freezing them. If you’re frozen by a snow flurry, though, don’t worry – you’ll just remain out of the battle for a little while before returning as good as new. Participating in the snowball fight gives you a chance to win boxes of winter commodities, which you can trade for new costumes and prizes.

For those who are of a mind to challenge other captains, Q’s added a new race, somewhat like the famous endurance race of Starfleet Academy – a multi-captain competitive race on a new slippery ice track. In between snowball fights, the race announcer will call out the new competitive race and count down to the start. Everyone who wants to race can assemble at the new track for the “Fast and the Flurrious”. If you’re in the wooden-plank starting zone, you’ll see a large ‘WAITING FOR RACE’ tag over your captain. Then, wait for the race to start; once the starting gate drops, run the course as fast as you can and grab the flag at the end! The race will reward the first place, second place, and third place winners, with a token award for those who run the whole race but don’t place. This race will give you new epohh tags that can be used to breed special winter epohhs with the help of a Romulan researcher at the gazebo.

(Tom)

you can still participate in all of the old winter cheer. Track down the snowmen to earn accolades. Skate on the icy lake and be sure to practice some new skating leaps when you wear ice skates. Most importantly, be sure to run the “Fastest Game on Ice” race, because this will reward you with winter gift boxes that may contain parts to help build the best prize of all.
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So what prizes are there?
Well The Holiday Collectibles first seen during last year’s Winter Event will be making a return, and are the same items previously seen. Although, as a slight change from last year’s appearance, players will be able to freely trade them during this year’s event. Unfortunately, only new copies of these items obtained during this year’s event will be unbound, but any bound copies players may still have from last year’s event can still be utilized to obtain the same prizes as this year’s. Be careful stacking old versions and new together.

(Shervin )

These commodities or items are;

Andorian Sleigh Bells
Bajoran Gratitude Beads
Terran Holiday Ornaments
Bolian Candles
Targ Fur Earmuffs
Vulcan Meditation Incense
Players will be able to obtain these Holiday Collectibles in two ways: Either participation in the Snowball Fight against Q’s dastardly snow beasts, or by purchasing a Holiday Collectible Bundle from the Lobi Crystal Consortium (The price is 5 Lobi Crystal, during the Winter Event).
This year brand new prizes have been added to the list.

Holiday Foods: All of the various Holiday Foods that were offered during last year’s event will once again be available, but have been improved. All buff durations have been extended to 30 minutes, and each of these festive consumables will be 150% as effective as they previously were, but only while the Winter Event is active (afterwards, they will return to their previous effectiveness). These food items can be fed to Tribbles to create …
Winter Tribble: By feeding any of the Holiday Foods to any standard Tribble, you may breed this festive furball. Petting this breed will grant captains with resistance to Repel, Knockback and Cold Damage, and will extend this buff to all nearby allies while the Winter Event is active.

(Aaron)
Unmelting Snowballs: Although free Snowballs can be picked up from any of the various piles that dot the Winter Wonderland, they will melt after only about 10 minutes. These special “Unmelting” versions are the same timeless Snowballs as previously available, albeit with improved descriptions. Each purchase will net you 10 Snowballs that can be thrown at friends, or used to combat the Snowman threat on Q’s Winter Wonderland. And since they do not melt, you could also stockpile a collection to be thrown at unsuspecting targets long after the Winter Event has ended.

(Colin )
Frosted Boots: Additional animations have been added while skating on Q’s frozen lake while you have these active. They will also no longer possess expiration timers, and can be used indefinitely once purchased. Which is different to last year when they had a 40 minute timer.

One for Aaron here Holiday Scarves: In addition to the selection of 3 different styles that were previously available to players, one more variant each for Klingon and Federation players. Additionally, these items can now be purchased in gift boxes that can be given to other players. So if your feeling generous you can treat your friends and fleet mates.

(Tom)
Winter Jacket: A new costume has been crafted that will be available for both Federation and Klingon players. This jacket comes in three different stylish lengths, each available in Brown, Black and White variations.

Snowball Weaponry: If lobbing Snowballs is just not your thing, captains will be able to use their Holiday Collectibles to purchase specialized weaponry designed by Q specifically for the purpose of combatting the Snowman threat. (Although only functional on Q’s Winter Wonderland), the Full Auto Snowball Launcher and the Snow Boulder Assault Launcher will make driving back the frosty menace both easier and more enjoyable.

(Shervin)
Nanopulse Lirpa or Bat’leth: Functionally identical to last year’s model, this year’s Nanopulse versions of each of these traditional melee weapons will glow with a distinctive Purple hue when activated by Federation or Klingon personnel.

Snowman Pet: Another of Q’s contrivances, this small device automatically assembles a snowman that will be able to follow you around where ever your travels may take you, but only so long as the Winter Event is active. If the device is activated after the end of the Winter Event, the snowman it constructs will no longer be animated.

(Aaron)

Players will also be able to utilize Holiday Collectibles in a new Featured Starbase Project that will, when completed, allow Fleets to display a special Breen Ship ornament in their Starbase interior. This decoration can be toggled on and off once active, and the featured project will cost only Holiday Collectibles – no other inputs will be required.

Aside from these Holiday Collectibles, participating “The Fast and the Flurrious” (Q’s new competitive winter race) will reward players with special Snow Epohh Tags which can be used in Duty Officer assignments to breed special snowy variants of the critters recently discovered on New Romulus. Once you have obtained a few Epohh Tags, speak with the Winter Epohh Researcher at the gazebo to work on breeding your own Snow Epohh pet.

(Tom)

Both the Holiday Collectibles and Snow Epohh Tags can also be traded in at a special terminal in the gazebo, in exchange for small amounts of Gold-Pressed Latinum. The same terminal will give players access to a Gold-Pressed Latinum vendor, which includes a number of new Personal Holo Emitters that can be used on ground maps to alter the appearance of your captain into forms such as a Reman Guard Captain, a Jem’Hadar First, or even a Borg Drone! These Personal Holo Emitters will also now be available for purchase at Deep Space Nine, near the Dabo table.

(Colin) http://sto.perfectworld.com/news/?p=777921

And last, but certainly not least, we must certainly discuss the Grand Prize of the Winter Event.

The Breen Chel Grett Warships, previously a ship exclusively owned and operated by the Breen Confederacy, have found their way into the hands of the entrepreneurial Ferengi that runs the Holiday Collectible store at Q’s Gazebo. And he is willing to part with these rare and impressive starships! But he asks a small favor in return

You see, this particular Ferengi happens to be an eternally devoted fan to the Illustrious Q, and would do practically anything to get his hands on memorabilia to complete his collection of rare Q-related artifacts. Specifically, he is asking for one thousand (1,000) Autographed 8×10 Glossy Pictures of Q, in return for each Breen Warship.

Each day you will be gifted with forty (40) Autographed 8×10 Glossy Pictures of Q upon completing the “Fastest Game on Ice” (the same race seen during last year’s Winter Event). This means that player captains that can participate in the event 25 times during the 35+ days that the Winter Event will be active, will have earned their way to a FREE Starship!

If, by some stroke of bad luck, you find yourself incapable of participating in the event the required number of times, this does not mean you’ll have missed your chance to earn the Breen Warship! The Lobi Crystal Consortium is selling “Q’s Appreciation Package” for just 5 Lobi Crystal, which will contain 2-6 of his sought-after Autographs.

(Shervin)

The Breen Chel Grett Warship comes with an Energy Dissipator console which fires a targetable Energy Dissipating Blast that causes significant subsystem drain and has a chance to knock a single subsystem offline for a short duration. The Energy Dissipator can be equipped in any console slot on any Breen ship. Just think of the massive battle in DS9 when the Breen gave Sisko and the other Federation ships a rather unpleasant surprise.

(Aaron) the ships stats are as follows;

Rank Required: Rear Admiral / Brigadier General
Hull Strength: 36,000
Shield Modifier: 1
Crew: 650
Weapons: 4 Fore, 4 Aft
Device Slots: 3
Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Lieutenant Tactical, 1 Commander Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Engineering, 1 Lieutenant Commander Science, 1 Ensign Universal
Console Modifications: 4 Tactical, 3 Engineering, 3 Science
Base Turn Rate: 13 degrees per second
Impulse Modifier: 0.18
+10 Power to Weapons; +5 Power to Engines
Can Load Cannons
Breen Energy Dissipator Universal Console

Now something to remember The box that the ship comes in, which cannot be opened until the minimum rank listed above, is BOUND! upon pickup. So make sure you complete this task on the toon you want to fly it!

(Colin)
Introduction to foundry review

Aaron and Shervins section

(Contact us)

(Tom) http://sto.perfectworld.com/news/?p=779091

The next special feature is, “Belongs in a Museum.” While exploring throughout New Romulus, both the Federation and Klingon Defense Force have acquired ancient relics that they’ve brought back to their embassies to put on display. They have also received a gift from the Romulan colonists they’ve been aiding – a golden tribute to one of their very own treasures

Completing this project will add enhancements to your Fleet Embassy on New Romulus. Artifacts found throughout New Romulus will be put on display in the main lobby of your embassy, as well as a monument to the Sword of the Raptor Star. This special project will be available around 10AM PDT on December 6, 2012, until around 10AM PDT on December 20, 2012.

(Colin) http://sto.perfectworld.com/news/?p=780171

Tribble Test Weekend Reward
Players who played on Tribble for at least one (1) hour during the designated test period have earned an exclusive Mol’Rihan Tribble.

If eligible, to claim your reward, log into Holo deck and visit the in-game C-Store from your minimap. Once in the C-Store, select the “Items” tab from the left and scroll down until you see the reward. Click on it and then click the “claim” button towards the lower-right section of the store. This is an account-wide reward that can be claimed on all current and future Federation and Klingon characters.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Mol’Rihan Tribble requires Federation captains to be level 2+, and Klingon captains to be level 21+, before it can be claimed. You can only equip the Tribble while on a ground map.

(Aaron) http://sto.perfectworld.com/news/?p=780341

From now until around 10AM PST on January 14th, 2013, the Feature Episodes are once again offering their special, unique rewards* for completion! Don’t miss your chance to (re)play the Feature Episodes and earn limited-time rewards.
These missions are wide and varied and the rewards are well worth getting;

Spectres (The Devidians)

Special Reward: Ophidian Cane*
Minimum level required to accept missions: 11 (Fed) 25 (KDF)

(Tom)
Cloaked Intentions (The Romulans and Remans)

Special Reward: Reman Bridge Officer*
Minimum level required to accept missions: 34 (Fed) 36 (KDF)

The 2800 (The Dominion)

Special Reward: Shard of Possibilities*
Minimum level required to accept missions: 45 (Fed) 41 (KDF)

Cold War (The Breen)

Special Reward: Breen Bridge Officer
Minimum level required to accept missions: 48 (Fed) 46 (KDF)

(Shervin)

The limited-time rewards are unique and each character may only have one of each of them.For players whose characters already have all the rewards, you will still want to re-play each of the series — players will be able to find a hidden accolade in each mission that rewards one (1) Lobi Crystal for completion of each accolade. As accolades can only be earned once per character, if you’ve already earned the accolade for a particular Feature Episode during this or a previous rerun, you would not be able to complete the accolade again.

(Aaron)

You can access all the missions by Using your Mission Journal (Press J or click the Hail button next to your minimap) to hail and transwarp to the different episodes; for Federation and Klingon Officers.
Simply click on the appropriate tab, I.e Dominion, Breen and so on.

(Christmas recording announcements)

Wrap up

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Deck Eight 16

Deck eight 16

(Colin) now before we get into the news we have some changes to announce which i hope will enhance and freshen up your listening experience, we are going to shake up and over haul the show so you’ll be hearing a few more voices but you will also be getting a new feel from us.
So to the changes first off the news;
Let me introduce two familar voices to you first off Tom from Whales (Tom intro).
Next up another familiar voice Dee from England ( dee intro)

From next week Dee and Tom will be doing the news segment on there own, so any news items that we come across will be brought to you by Dee and Tom.

Next up allow me introduce Shervin (Shervin intro) and welcome back to the show Aaron (Aaron intro) now these two will bring you mission reviews be it foundry and holodeck based. They will run the mission either together solo or with friends and then report back with there thoughts, feelings and a score from 1-10 on the mission. We hope to bring you at least one review a week. This may involve either player or both, hopefully we can also give you some tips along the way.

Finally we will be adding the “Deck Eight help box”. Seeing as Cryptic is loaded up with boxes we will add our own. In this section I will bring you feedback on ships,weapons,accolades,consoles,fleets basically lots of different game facets.

So that’ll be the new line up, we would appreciate any and all feedback via twitter or email or the website and here us all the contact detail for the team( play new contact details)

So just this week we will get into the news and discuss it before the change next week.

( Dee) http://sto.perfectworld.com/news/?p=738741
First up From today until server maintenance during the morning (Pacific time) of Thursday, November 15, 2012, every Reinforcements Duty Officer Pack you open will also include either 10 Lobi Crystals or a Jem’Hadar Attack Ship!, If you missed unlocking one of these vessels during last year’s Winter Event or the previous Duty Officer promotion, here’s your chance at owning one of the most sought-after ships.The odds of winning the Jem’Hadar Attack Ship are rare but have been normalized based on the price of the Reinforcements Duty Officer Pack (275 ZEN) when compared to the Winter Packages (125 ZEN)
(Tom)
Each Reinforcements Duty Officer Pack will include:

4 Common or Better Duty Officers
2 Uncommon or Better Duty Officers
1 Rare or Better Duty Officer
A Bonus Item!*
In addition to any Duty Officers you receive, you will also get one (1) of the following special bonus prizes:

A stack of Gamma Quadrant commodities
A stack of Gamma Quadrant consumable devices
An Alien Artifact (available in both “Powered” and “Unpowered” versions)
A random Mk XII Very Rare Console
or the jackpot prize… a Tuffli Class Freighter Ship Pack
NOTE: With the above promotion running, it is possible to win the Tuffli and the Jem’Hadar Attack Ship from the same pack

(Colin)
Jem’Hadar Attack Ship Details

The Jem’Hadar Attack Ship is a small starship, similar to an Escort or Destroyer. The staple ship of the Dominion fleet, these ships were used with deadly effect during the Dominion War. Small, fast and maneuverable, the Jem’Hadar Attack Ship packs a punch that is larger than expected for a ship of its size.

Requires: Vice Admiral or Lt. General rank
Hull Strength: 34,500
Shield Modifier: 1
Crew: 50
Weapons: 4 Fore, 3 Aft
Device Slots: 2
Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Lieutenant Commander Tactical, 1 Commander Tactical, 1 Ensign Engineering, 2 Lieutenant Universal
Console Modifications: 5 Tactical, 4 Engineering, 1 Science
Base Turn Rate: 20 degrees per second
Impulse Modifier: 0.22
+15 Power to Weapons
Can Load Cannons

State of the game http://sto.perfectworld.com/news/?p=739981

(Colin) now Dstahl has released the latest state of the game and there is a segment I wanted to highlight

“Designed for max-level captains of both the Federation or Klingon Empire
Zone challenges balanced for captains plus one away team member
Earn Reputation tier to unlock full away-team missions to help uncover the planet’s troubled past
Area events provide quick Reputation gains for cooperative groups
Obtain new special rewards and gear sets as a benefit for aiding the people of New Romulus
Whether captains help out on the planet surface or in the surrounding sector, many new repeatable missions will allow captains to gain favor with the people of New Romulus and tactical advantages their friendship would provide.

This represents the largest planetary zone the STO team has ever built and introduces open questing where all positive actions taken in the zone increase favor gained with the area’s quest giver. This allows for repeatable missions where captains can decide how they want to help instead of traditional “kill 10” or “collect 100” quests. This new type of open mission applies both to the planet as well as the surrounding sector.

We wanted the Romulans to be the focus of this season because New Romulus will also play an important role in Season 8. Perceptive captains may even notice the city begin to grow and take shape over the course of the season. It is important that captains participate in all the challenges that exist on New Romulus and take an active role in discovering the history of this planet. By doing so, they will unravel a mystery that will advance the story of STO to the next chapter and set the stage for a future Feature Episode series and future seasons.”

Discuss
(Dee) also in this post DSthal highlighted that ” Coming up in December, Q will be reintroducing the Winter Event with some new rewards and activities that he’s cooked up for captains. As we move into the New Year, we will start to give some sneak-peeks related to our 3rd Anniversary Event scheduled to launch in early February. As an early teaser, this year’s anniversary will have its own special Feature Episode and reward, so stay tuned for more info on that.

After the big event in February, we will begin to share some of the exciting details about Season 8 and how it will begin to resolve some of the long standing issues surrounding the two factions within the game.”

( Tom) http://sto.perfectworld.com/news/?p=738521

The next special feature for your Starbase is, “Welcome Guests”. Fleet starbases are just as much important hubs for official matters as they are social centers where fellow fleetmates can unwind from their daily duties. Federation and Klingon fleet starbases have also been receiving special visitors who have taken interest in the relaxing atmosphere and the entertainment opportunities.

Upon completion of this special project, your starbase’s interior will see increased population. Klingons will get a visit from Morn and dancing girls, while members of Starfleet will be visited by Morn and Latinum traders. This special project will be available around 10AM PDT on November 1, 2012, until around 10AM PDT on November 15, 2012.

(Dee) http://sto.perfectworld.com/news/?p=731371

Salt vampires are here! From TOS to Startrek online they have arrived so stock up on salt cubes and head down to the new mission.
In the 20-captain Mine Trap event, players will team up and attempt to save a Romulan mining colony from its impending annihilation. To do so, they must neutralize the threat, save as much of the colony as possible, and evacuate its civilians. Any Vice Admiral or Lieutenant General can participate in this cross-faction event and rewards are based on how many objectives are completed, including how much of the colony and population is saved.

Along with earning Fleet Marks, players will also be awarded with Romulan Marks – these are used in the Reputation System that we provided an overview for in this Dev Blog.

To participate, use the PvE Queue to join either a public or private queue. Mine Trap is a ground event that is always available, but if you play during certain hourly events (calendar updates to be announced at a later date), you will earn even more rewards.

(Colin) wrap up and finish

Deck Eight ep16

Deck eight 16

(Colin) now before we get into the news we have some changes to announce which i hope will enhance and freshen up your listening experience, we are going to shake up and over haul the show so you’ll be hearing a few more voices but you will also be getting a new feel from us.
So to the changes first off the news;
Let me introduce two familar voices to you first off Tom from Whales (Tom intro).
Next up another familiar voice Dee from England ( dee intro)

From next week Dee and Tom will be doing the news segment on there own, so any news items that we come across will be brought to you by Dee and Tom.

Next up allow me introduce Shervin (Shervin intro) and welcome back to the show Aaron (Aaron intro) now these two will bring you mission reviews be it foundry and holodeck based. They will run the mission either together solo or with friends and then report back with there thoughts, feelings and a score from 1-10 on the mission. We hope to bring you at least one review a week. This may involve either player or both, hopefully we can also give you some tips along the way.

Finally we will be adding the “Deck Eight help box”. Seeing as Cryptic is loaded up with boxes we will add our own. In this section I will bring you feedback on ships,weapons,accolades,consoles,fleets basically lots of different game facets.

So that’ll be the new line up, we would appreciate any and all feedback via twitter or email or the website and here us all the contact detail for the team( play new contact details)

So just this week we will get into the news and discuss it before the change next week.

( Dee) http://sto.perfectworld.com/news/?p=738741
First up From today until server maintenance during the morning (Pacific time) of Thursday, November 15, 2012, every Reinforcements Duty Officer Pack you open will also include either 10 Lobi Crystals or a Jem’Hadar Attack Ship!, If you missed unlocking one of these vessels during last year’s Winter Event or the previous Duty Officer promotion, here’s your chance at owning one of the most sought-after ships.The odds of winning the Jem’Hadar Attack Ship are rare but have been normalized based on the price of the Reinforcements Duty Officer Pack (275 ZEN) when compared to the Winter Packages (125 ZEN)
(Tom)
Each Reinforcements Duty Officer Pack will include:

4 Common or Better Duty Officers
2 Uncommon or Better Duty Officers
1 Rare or Better Duty Officer
A Bonus Item!*
In addition to any Duty Officers you receive, you will also get one (1) of the following special bonus prizes:

A stack of Gamma Quadrant commodities
A stack of Gamma Quadrant consumable devices
An Alien Artifact (available in both “Powered” and “Unpowered” versions)
A random Mk XII Very Rare Console
or the jackpot prize… a Tuffli Class Freighter Ship Pack
NOTE: With the above promotion running, it is possible to win the Tuffli and the Jem’Hadar Attack Ship from the same pack

(Colin)
Jem’Hadar Attack Ship Details

The Jem’Hadar Attack Ship is a small starship, similar to an Escort or Destroyer. The staple ship of the Dominion fleet, these ships were used with deadly effect during the Dominion War. Small, fast and maneuverable, the Jem’Hadar Attack Ship packs a punch that is larger than expected for a ship of its size.

Requires: Vice Admiral or Lt. General rank
Hull Strength: 34,500
Shield Modifier: 1
Crew: 50
Weapons: 4 Fore, 3 Aft
Device Slots: 2
Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Lieutenant Commander Tactical, 1 Commander Tactical, 1 Ensign Engineering, 2 Lieutenant Universal
Console Modifications: 5 Tactical, 4 Engineering, 1 Science
Base Turn Rate: 20 degrees per second
Impulse Modifier: 0.22
+15 Power to Weapons
Can Load Cannons

State of the game http://sto.perfectworld.com/news/?p=739981

(Colin) now Dstahl has released the latest state of the game and there is a segment I wanted to highlight

“Designed for max-level captains of both the Federation or Klingon Empire
Zone challenges balanced for captains plus one away team member
Earn Reputation tier to unlock full away-team missions to help uncover the planet’s troubled past
Area events provide quick Reputation gains for cooperative groups
Obtain new special rewards and gear sets as a benefit for aiding the people of New Romulus
Whether captains help out on the planet surface or in the surrounding sector, many new repeatable missions will allow captains to gain favor with the people of New Romulus and tactical advantages their friendship would provide.

This represents the largest planetary zone the STO team has ever built and introduces open questing where all positive actions taken in the zone increase favor gained with the area’s quest giver. This allows for repeatable missions where captains can decide how they want to help instead of traditional “kill 10” or “collect 100” quests. This new type of open mission applies both to the planet as well as the surrounding sector.

We wanted the Romulans to be the focus of this season because New Romulus will also play an important role in Season 8. Perceptive captains may even notice the city begin to grow and take shape over the course of the season. It is important that captains participate in all the challenges that exist on New Romulus and take an active role in discovering the history of this planet. By doing so, they will unravel a mystery that will advance the story of STO to the next chapter and set the stage for a future Feature Episode series and future seasons.”

Discuss
(Dee) also in this post DSthal highlighted that ” Coming up in December, Q will be reintroducing the Winter Event with some new rewards and activities that he’s cooked up for captains. As we move into the New Year, we will start to give some sneak-peeks related to our 3rd Anniversary Event scheduled to launch in early February. As an early teaser, this year’s anniversary will have its own special Feature Episode and reward, so stay tuned for more info on that.

After the big event in February, we will begin to share some of the exciting details about Season 8 and how it will begin to resolve some of the long standing issues surrounding the two factions within the game.”

( Tom) http://sto.perfectworld.com/news/?p=738521

The next special feature for your Starbase is, “Welcome Guests”. Fleet starbases are just as much important hubs for official matters as they are social centers where fellow fleetmates can unwind from their daily duties. Federation and Klingon fleet starbases have also been receiving special visitors who have taken interest in the relaxing atmosphere and the entertainment opportunities.

Upon completion of this special project, your starbase’s interior will see increased population. Klingons will get a visit from Morn and dancing girls, while members of Starfleet will be visited by Morn and Latinum traders. This special project will be available around 10AM PDT on November 1, 2012, until around 10AM PDT on November 15, 2012.

(Dee) http://sto.perfectworld.com/news/?p=731371

Salt vampires are here! From TOS to Startrek online they have arrived so stock up on salt cubes and head down to the new mission.
In the 20-captain Mine Trap event, players will team up and attempt to save a Romulan mining colony from its impending annihilation. To do so, they must neutralize the threat, save as much of the colony as possible, and evacuate its civilians. Any Vice Admiral or Lieutenant General can participate in this cross-faction event and rewards are based on how many objectives are completed, including how much of the colony and population is saved.

Along with earning Fleet Marks, players will also be awarded with Romulan Marks – these are used in the Reputation System that we provided an overview for in this Dev Blog.

To participate, use the PvE Queue to join either a public or private queue. Mine Trap is a ground event that is always available, but if you play during certain hourly events (calendar updates to be announced at a later date), you will earn even more rewards.

(Colin) wrap up and finish

Deck Eight Ep 14

Deck Eight 14

Opening chat

(Colin)
ok lets start with something that we briefly covered in last weeks show, Starting on October 10th, the first set of players will be reaching the 1000-day mark and are going to start receiving the veteran rewards, ah but what are they you ask? Well let’s have a delve

First up the Exclusive Veteran Starships starting with the Chimera Heavy Destroyer.

Starfleet Corps of Engineers (SCE) has been working on a special new destroyer class starship, designed for high-level combat situations. The project was so secret that access to the Utopia Planitia shipyard was restricted for months while the project was completed. Now, Starfleet Command decided to offer the ships to its most experienced captains.

As a 1000-day Veteran, Starfleet has granted you command of this unique new starship — the Prototype Heavy Destroyer: Chimera Class.

The Chimera Heavy Destroyer is similar to an Escort, but has many qualities of Light Cruisers and Science Vessels. While in its innate Regenerative Mode, excess power is transferred to the Auxiliary System and you gain a bonus to Starship Shield Systems. It comes equipped with a prototype Dynamic Tactical System console (or DTS). This console allows you to transform your ship between Regenerative Mode and Tactical Mode. In Regenerative Mode, your Tachyon Inversion Beam is enabled, which can siphon shields from multiple targets. Activating Tactical Mode transfers power to your Weapon Systems, and increases your ships Starship Targeting Systems skill, granting an Accuracy bonus. In Tactical Mode, the DTS console enables a powerful multi-targeting Lotus, which is capable of piercing multiple targets. However, while in Tactical Mode, your Starship Shield Systems bonus, Auxiliary Power bonus and Tachyon Inversion Beam are disabled.

(Dee)

If your eligible, this ship can be claimed from ‘Starship and Shuttle Requisitions’ at a shipyard. If you discharge this ship, speak to the ‘Starship and Shuttle Requisitions’ contact to receive another token to re-claim it.

An interesting side note is the fact that the Chimera Heavy Destroyer’s design was based off one of the ‘Design the Next Enterprise’
So to the nitty gritty and the specs

Tactical Mode, Phaser Lotus

Faction: Federation
Minimum Rank: Vice Admiral
Hull Strength: 34,500
Shield Modifier: 0.9
Crew: 750
Weapons: 4 Fore, 3 Aft
Device Slots: 3
Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Commander Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Engineering, 1 Lieutenant Science, 1 Universal Ensign, 1 Universal Lieutenant Commander
Console Modifications: 4 Tactical, 3 Engineering, 2 Science
Base Turn Rate: 14 degrees per second
Impulse Modifier: 0.22
Can equip Cannons
Regenerative Mode (Innate): +5 Auxiliary Power, +30 Starship Shield Systems
Console – Universal – Dynamic Tactical System: Tactical Mode (Disables Regenerative Mode, +5 Weapon power, +30 Starship Targeting Systems), Tachyon Inversion Beam (Requires Regenerative Mode), Phaser Lotus (Requires Tactical Mode)
Advanced Quantum Slipstream Drive

When in Regenerative Mode you get the Tachyon Inversion Beam, when in Tactical Mode, Phaser Lotus which hits multiple targets!

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Not to be outdone, An engineering team at the Klingon Empire Shipyards have designed a heavy ship with increased maneuverability that is nimble enough to outmaneuver a cruiser but strong enough to take a barrage from an escort. Only experienced ship commanders with the backing of the High Council will have the chance to fly this ship.

As a 1000-day Veteran, the Klingon Defense Force has granted you command of this unique new starship — the Prototype Heavy Destroyer: Peghqu’ Class.

The Peghqu’ Heavy Destroyer is similar to a Raptor, but it is much more versatile. While in its innate Regenerative Mode, excess power is transferred to the Auxiliary System and you gain a bonus to Starship Shield Systems. It comes equipped with a prototype Dynamic Tactical System console (or DTS). This console allows you to transform your ship between Regenerative Mode and Tactical Mode. In Regenerative Mode, your Tachyon Inversion Beam is enabled, which can siphon shields from multiple targets. Activating Tactical Mode transfers power to your Weapon Systems, and increases your ships Starship Targeting Systems skill, granting an Accuracy bonus. In Tactical Mode, the DTS console enables a powerful multi-targeting Lotus, which is capable of piercing multiple targets. However, while in Tactical Mode, your Starship Shield Systems bonus, Auxiliary Power bonus and Tachyon Inversion Beam are disabled. So basically this is the Klingon version to the afore mentioned Federation ship.

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Again, If eligible, this ship can be claimed from ‘Starship and Shuttle Requisitions’ at a shipyard. If you discharge this ship, speak to the ‘Starship and Shuttle Requisitions’ contact to receive another token to re-claim it.

Faction: Klingon
Minimum Rank: Lieutenant General
Hull Strength: 34,500
Shield Modifier: 0.833
Crew: 750
Weapons: 4 Fore, 3 Aft
Device Slots: 3
Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Commander Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Engineering, 1 Lieutenant Science, 1 Universal Ensign, 1 Universal Lieutenant Commander
Console Modifications: 4 Tactical, 3 Engineering, 2 Science
Base Turn Rate: 14 degrees per second
Impulse Modifier: 0.22
Can equip Cannons
Regenerative Mode (Innate): +5 Auxiliary Power, +30 Starship Shield Systems
Console – Universal – Dynamic Tactical System: Tactical Mode (Disables Regenerative Mode, +5 Weapon power, +30 Starship Targeting Systems), Tachyon Inversion Beam (Requires Regenerative Mode), Disruptor Lotus (Requires Tactical Mode)
Advanced Quantum Slipstream Drive
Battle Cloak

Once again like it Federation counter part you have Regenerative Mode with Tachyon Inversion Beam and Tactical Mode with the Phaser Lotus.

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As well as the ship there are Other Rewards so what else do you get? Well a new title for one;

Starfleet Veteran (Fed) and Empire Veteran (KDF) Title

This in-game title can be set through the Character Status screen. If you have the default keybinds set, press “U” to bring up this menu. From there, double-check that your character is chosen from the left column, and then click the “Edit Record” button towards the bottom to change your title.

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As well as a new ship and title you get a FREE Starship Slot, handy as your about to get a new ship to play with.

Your Federation and Klingon characters will gain access to an extra starship slot. Visit a shipyard and speak to the “Select Your Ship” contact to see your available slots.

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Active on the forums? We if you are you also get Exclusive Forum Titles,

Two new titles are available to 1000-Day Veterans: Starfleet Veteran and Empire Veteran. Forum titles can be set through the “Edit your Avatar” section of the forums when signed in, towards the top-left. To set the title of your choice, scroll down below the default selection of avatars to see the titles available to you, choose the “yes” radio button next to the one you’d like to display, and click “Submit Title” to confirm.

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Now before we move on we would like to read this Note from the Original Designer of the Chimera Heavy Destroyer;

“I’ve been a huge Star Trek fan ever since I was a kid and I started designing my own Trek ships about the time I first discovered crayons, so when I heard Cryptic Studios was holding a contest to design the next starship Enterprise for Star Trek Online, I couldn’t break out my digital tablet fast enough. I’ve been working hard for the last couple of years to improve my skills as a digital artist with the hope of one day breaking into the industry, and this was too good an opportunity to pass up, in addition to being a Trek fan’s labor of love.

I started sketching concepts and zeroed in on my final design very quickly. I’d been tinkering with the basic look for several years, an elongated primary hull with a set of compact but powerful looking warp nacelles. I didn’t give much thought at the time to conventional expectations of what a ship named Enterprise should look like. It had to belong in the Trek universe and match with the STO aesthetic but I didn’t want to simply reinvent the wheel, I wanted something that would set itself apart from its predecessors and from the field of competition for the contest. One of the ways I chose to do that, perhaps unwisely in retrospect, was to go with four nacelles. Normally this is one of the surest ways to turn your design into a fanboy monstrosity but I took it as a challenge to find a way to make it work and make it look cool. It was probably the wrong choice for a new Enterprise, as reflected in the outcome of the contest, but I think it succeeded on its own merits and may have paid off in the end.

So now, a year and a half later, my ship has made it into the game after all, not as the Enterprise but as an all-new ship sub-type called the Chimera class, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. I’m frankly amazed at how faithfully they reproduced my original design while managing to make it even more badass with two alternate configuration modes. The Cryptic design team really took it to the next level, doubling down on unusual elements like the quad nacelles and the stacked primary hull to create something even more unique and dynamically awesome. This ship is definitely going to stand out and I can hardly wait to see how the game community reacts to it.”

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As of today, October 10th, all current and future Lifetime Subscribers will gain instant access to all Veteran Rewards, regardless of purchase date! This includes the 1000-Day ships.

Now is the perfect time to pick up a Lifetime Subscription to STO so you can play forever as a Gold Member and never pay a monthly subscription fee again!
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Now we come to our feature introduce Brandon

(Dee) right close on the heels and as promised we are going to give away four codes to you so you can claim a holo Leta doff, in order to win a code we want you to email us the answer to this question.

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It’s very simple all you have to do Is name every podcast that Is on the Trek Fm network, if your not sure go to the website which is Trek.fm and click the podcast bar. You have 7 days to enter from the day this episode drops.
Here is all our contact details including Dees twitter and how you can email us your answer.

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Now next week we won’t be producing an episode because we will be in London for Startrek London from the 19-21st, but while we won’t be producing an episode we would love to meet you. You can find us in the Fan zone and if you come up and you don’t have a three day pass, which means you don’t get a holo Leta code. We will have 7 more codes to give away. So let us know you listen to Deck eight and if they’re still available you can have one.

(Colin) now in order to make it fair we will give 2codes away friday three on Saturday and two on Sunday. So it will be first come first served.

Wrap up.

Deck Eight Ep13

Linking Promotion (Colin)http://sto.perfectworld.com/news/?p=701751
the linking promotion is ending soon, and account linking will become non-optional. If you have not already, link your Cryptic and Perfect World accounts today and you will receive a special in-game promotional item for one of your STOcharacters:

Perfect World Account Link Reward

If eligible (see details below) and you have not claimed your reward before, you will be able to claim this item through the in-game C-Store, under the ‘Items’ tab.

Reward contains:

• 5,000 Unrefined Dilithium Ore

• A consumable item that grants 2,500 EXP (or Bridge Officer skill points if your character is at max level)

• A random Rare or Very Rare weapon, scaled to your level (space or ground)

• A pack of random ‘Self’ Dual Consumables

• A pack of random ‘Team’ Dual Consumables

NOTE: This item may only be claimed once per account. If you claim it on one character, you will not be able to claim it on a different one. This promotion originally started on June 19th, 2012, so you may have already taken part in this promotion and claimed your rewards in-game.

During this promotion, anyone who links their Cryptic Account to a Perfect World Account, or has linked their accounts in the past, is eligible to receive this promotional item. This promotion is currently not available to those who choose not to link their account or who don’t have a Cryptic Account to link to their Perfect World Account.

To link your accounts, click “Register/ Login” at the top of any page, and then click “Are you a Cryptic user?”. This will take you through the linking flow, and will also allow you to create a Perfect World Account if you do not have one already.

If you choose not to link a Perfect World Account your Cryptic Account at this time, you can do so in the future by signing into the website and clicking “My Account” at the top of any page

(Tom)http://sto.perfectworld.com/news/?p=703051
new Fleet Starbase promtion
The next special feature is, “Where Decisions Are Made”. When discussing important matters with delegations and representatives visiting your Fleet Starbase, the location where the talks take place is vital to the success of the meeting. Klingons enjoy discussing topics over a round of Bloodwine in the Hunting Bar, while members of the Federation prefer a more formal conference room.
Upon completion of this special project, your starbase’s interior structure will be improved. Klingons will see improvements in the fireplace section of the bar, while the conference room will be enhanced for members of the Federation. This special project will be available around 10AM PDT on October 4, 2012, until around 10AM PDT on October 18, 2012.

(Tom)Feedback and how to contact us

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Destination Startrek London
To celebrate this amazing and momentous event, the Star Trek Online team is pleased to offer a special in-game item to attendees that, once claimed and opened, contains a unique Holo-Leeta Duty Officer and “Convention Veteran” title for all characters on your account!

There are a number of ways you can get this unique gifts.
1) Any one who has brought a three day pass will find the code in the goodie bag you will be given.IT will have a card with the code on which you then input into your account to redeem.

Tweet a picture of yourself at the convention to @TrekOnlineGame ensure you are following them and they will DM you a code.

3) Send a forum PM to STO Community Manager Brandon
Under “Recipient Username(s)”, enter: pwebranflakes | Under “Title”, enter: Destination Star Trek London | In the “Message” field, include a link to a picture of yourself at the convention. Brandon will respond with a code and instructions on how to claim the above rewards.

1000 day vet reward and stitcher Radio awards
Tom Reviews Kirk Fats mission
(Both) Colin to open discussion on Patch noteshttp://sto.perfectworld.com/news/?tag=sto-patch-notes