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!

(Colin)

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.

(Dee)
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.

(Colin)
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.

(Dee)
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.

(Colin)
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.

(Dee)
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.”

(Colin)
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!
.

(Colin)
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.

(Colin)
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.

(Dee)
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 Ep5 rumours and flagships

 

Deck eight Ep 5

Patch notes

There was another patch during the week to fix a few minor things,

Most are nothing really major, but a few things caught my eye,

Firstly

Added an additional bonus that will slowly bring “Dead” crewmen back to a “Disabled” state, allowing them to be slowly regenerated to “Active” even during combat

This was the original intend of the 2 piece bonus, but was not functioning correctly. In essence your crew will get back up, then someone just needs to heal them, or allow them to heal themselves. So no more having to run back to heal your away team.

Second,

Colony ground event:

The timer on the colonists your trying to rescue has been tweaked.

It should be somewhat easier to reach the last colonist before it dies. Which will make life a little bit easier.

Thirdly,

the Starbase 20-player fleet defense:

They’ve change the parameters to keep the Starbase needed help within 100km, while also fixing the bug that made attacking ships move awkwardly.

Now they will correctly attack the freighters but will still move and fight.

Fourth,

Bridge Officers will now respond to Call for Help again. Always handy when your face down in the mud calling for help, it’s nice when your away team listen.

The rest is cosmetic costume changes and more of the foundry stuff has been re added making all you authors out there happy.

Next up there has been rumours flying round the forums that STO is in trouble. To nip these in the bud Mr Dan Stahl posted this in the forums.

Some rumor control…

Cryptic was sold because it was a profitable business and worth at least $50 million to Perfect World.

The STO leadership team is triaging bugs weekly to prioritize bug fixes to go out as soon as possible. After the Season 6 launch, it has been all hands on deck for the Foundry, which should be turned on for editing this week if all goes well.

We will be making some tweaks to the amount of Fleet Marks several missions reward so that the various PVE Queue Missions reward similarly. (this means bumping up some of the missions that reward on the lower side of the scale)

We are meeting regularly to review Fleet Progression and have and will continue to make adjustments to projects. In the near future we expect to drop the Fleet Mark requirements on higher tiers (T4 and T5)

STO is not dying by any means and continues to grow stronger. Just last month we took over as the top performing game for Perfect World in North America.

The STO development team continues to grow month over month and we still have several positions open.

As the team grows larger our Seasonal plans are getting larger. We expect Season 7 to be bigger than Season 6, and Season 8 to be bigger than Season 7. More content, more fixes, more updates across the board.

Our development efforts to improve PvP continue and while we aren’t discussing it and did suffer a setback with Gozer leaving, we are working towards a goal of having more efforts put into addressing this part of the game.

Season 6 brought with it several new video features from the Core Video Card team, some of which have been awesome, and some of which have caused some issues. We are working with that team (who in turn work with the Video Card makers) to get some fixes for odd glitches that crop up.

The Starbase Fleet Action map (20 man) does have performance issues. We have several people assigned to this specifically to address this and expect improvements over the upcoming month.

We haven’t forgetten about KDF, or PVP, or Crafting, or Exploration, or any other feature we’ve all talked about addressing. We are simply being more pragmatic about how fast we can get to specific features – but our intention is to absolutely get to all of them as fast as we can.

We do listen to feedback, and while we don’t always address every post, we certainly take note. As a F2P game, our business model is different, but the same hard working team will continue to develop STO into a bigger and better MMO year after year.

We are glad that players are enjoying Season 6. We realize there are some issues, but we also realize it has been great for Fleets and group game play. We expect that the second half of this year is going to be even better for STO than the first half was.

Thank you for continuing to support this game and for continuing to voice opinions. We hear them and are working behind the curtain to improve the game in every way.

(Comments)

Star base ships (read by Tom)

Next up a dev post has gone up telling you all you need to know about the ships of Startrek online in relation to the new starbases. Using colour codes to signify the Category I.E blue for science. It gives a complete layout of all the ships you can make, which will also enable you to decide if you should make it.

The link http://sto.perfectworld.com/news/?p=621601 will be in the show notes which can be found at www.Trek.fm. But here’s a few highlights.

(Colin reads)

The first things is they have clearly laid out what each ship category is, to avoid confusion. So here we go

Standard Ships – Standard ships are available in-game and have base stats. They can be purchased for Dilithium or acquired at no cost with a Rank-Up Ship Token.

C-Store Ships – Any ship you must purchase directly for ZEN. These ships have very good stats, and typically unlock a special costume option and come with a special ability. The special ability is usually on a console or a weapon that can be removed. Most lower Tier C-Store ship consoles can be moved to any ship. However, most Tier 5 C-Store ship consoles can only be used on the ship it came on OR on its Fleet counterpart. For instance, The Tier 5 Heavy Escort Carrier comes with a Torpedo Point Defense system console and the Armitage class costume. If you then acquire the Fleet Heavy Escort Carrier from the Fleet Shipyard, you can transfer the Torpedo Point Defense system console and the Armitage class costume to the Fleet version.

Refit Ships – A Refit is a ship that is better in some way than the original, but is in the same Tier as the original. For example, the Tier 2 Federation Science Vessel (Nova Class) has a better Refit variant, the Tier 2 Federation Science Vessel Refit (Rhode Island Class). Refit ships may be available via the C-Store or Fleet Shipyard. Many refit ships come with a new class costume.

Retrofit Ships – A Retrofit is a ship that is better than original AND is a higher Tier than the original. Retrofit ships are typically Tier 5 and give a player the opportunity to play a favorite older-model ships at endgame. For Example: the Tier 5 Science Vessel Retrofit is simply a Tier 5 version of the Tier 2 Science Vessel. Retrofit ships may be available in the C-Store or Fleet Shipyard. Many new Retrofit ships were recently made available in Fleet Shipyards.

Fleet Ships – Fleet ships are new and typically have some of the best stats in the game. Currently, all Fleet ships are Tier 5 and typically have +10% Hull HP and +10% Shields; they also typically come with a 10th console slot. Fleet ships do not usually come with any special abilities or items. They also don’t have the special ship class costume if there is a C-Store equivalent, but they all do come with an exclusive Fleet Material. You may have noticed that we used to offer some ship class costumes in the C-Store — we have pulled them from direct purchase in the C-Store and you can now only obtain them by acquiring the appropriate Fleet Ship. If you already purchased one of these ship class costumes, you can still access it. If a Fleet ship has a C-Store Counterpart, it can use any special item or costume the C-Store version came with. There are also Fleet Retrofit ships. These are what you might expect — A Tier 5 Version of a lower Tier ship, with the bonus HP, Shields and Console slot.

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Next you will no doubt want to know how you can get your hands on these lovely shiny new ships well let me tell you.

Dilithium – Many ships simply cost Dilithium. These ships are typically the standard ship for a given Rank.

ZEN – Ships available for ZEN can be purchased at the Ship Vendor or directly from the C-Store.

Fleet Credit – All ships unlocked by a Fleet Shipyard cost Fleet Credits. Fleet Credits can be earned by contributing to Fleet Projects.

Fleet Ship Modules – Fleet Ship Modules can be purchased in the C-Store for ZEN and are needed to purchase all Fleet ships. Fleet ships typically cost 4 Fleet Ship Modules. However, if you already own the Tier 5 C-Store Version of a Fleet Ship, you will get a 75% Fleet Ship Module discount to purchase the Fleet version. For instance, the Fleet Heavy Escort Carrier costs Fleet Credits and 4 Fleet Ship Modules, but if you already own the C-Store Heavy Escort Carrier, the Fleet Heavy Escort Carrier will only cost Fleet Credits and ONE (1) Fleet Ship Module.

Fleet Ship Provisions – When you are in a Fleet and unlock a Shipyard, your Fleet must first fill the Shipyard with Provisions. There are a number of Fleet Projects that generate Provisions. Provisions are simply the limit on how many ships your Fleet Shipyard can provide to your Fleet Members. If a Fleet Project generates 10 ship Provisions, 10 members can each buy one Ship from the shipyard, or one Fleet member can buy 10 ships. Once the number of Provisions your Shipyard has reaches zero, your Fleet will need to complete another Fleet Provisioning assignment to generate more Provisions. Ships that require a Ship Provision always have an additional cost such as Fleet Credits and/or Fleet Ship Modules.

Rank-Up Ship Token – At ranks Lieutenant Commander, Commander, Captain and Rear Admiral Lower Half/Brigadier General, you earn a ship token redeemable for one free standard ship. If you are a 600 day subscriber veteran, you also earn one at Vice Admiral. Note that only certain ships are redeemable with this token.

Lock Boxes – Finally, some rare ships can be obtained exclusively from Lock Boxes.

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There are more than 35 new ships available exclusively from Fleet Shipyards – 21 for Federation and 16 for Klingons. some ships come with a new ship costume. Additional costumes may be unlocked if you own a sister ship, But some are specific to Rank, you can fly a Rear Admiral ship if your a Commander for instance. Now if you want to read the rest and see the charts then go to www.Trek.fm/D8 and click on the link.

The flagships

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Cryptic recently added the Odyssey and the Bortas as the new flagships of the Federation and Klingon empire, here we go into some details about them and how you can buy them.

Odyssey Class Starship Pack (5000 ZEN)

This pack includes the Odyssey Operations Cruiser, the Odyssey Science Cruiser and the Odyssey Tactical Cruiser.

But you can buy them Seperate , firstly the Science ;

Odyssey Science Cruiser (2500 ZEN)

The Odyssey Science Cruiser features a Work Bees universal console module. This console allows you to deploy four Work Bee CMUs (Cargo Management Units) that will follow and repair your vessel or an allied vessel.

Next up Tactical ;

Odyssey Tactical Cruiser (2500 ZEN)

Odyssey Tactical Cruiser features an Aquarius Escort universal console module. This console allows you to separate the aft mission pod of your starship, which will deploy an Aquarius Escort. The Aquarius is a small attack craft that will follow the Odyssey Tactical Cruiser and attack your targets.

Finally Operations or what some refer to as the Engineer ship.

Odyssey Operations Cruiser (2500 ZEN)

The Odyssey Operations Cruiser features a Chevron Separation universal console module. This console allows the ship’s Chevron saucer and stardrive sections to separate. The Chevron will follow the stardrive and attack your targets. While separated, the stardrive gains a boost to weapons power and increased speed and maneuverability.

Equip all three Odyssey special consoles on the Odyssey Advanced Cruiser of your choice to get the set bonus that will reduce the recharge time of all Odyssey console abilities and improve your Starship EPS, Starship Hull Plating and Starship Armor Reinforcement skills. The set bonus also slightly increases the Odyssey’s Turn Rate. But remember you cannot have the saucer separation and the escort ship launched at the same time.

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Now we turn our attention to the Bortas for the Klingons

Firstly

Bortasqu’ Tactical Cruiser (2500 ZEN)

The Bortasqu’ Tactical Cruiser features a Disruptor Autocannon universal console module. This console focuses the ship’s weapon power into the Bortasqu’ Tactical Cruiser’s primary firing chamber to unleash a devastating sustained barrage at a single target. It is the most powerful weapon in the fleet.

Next up

The Bortasqu’‘ War Cruiser (2500 ZEN)

The Bortasqu’ War Cruiser features a HoH’SuS Bird-of-Prey universal console module. This console allows you to separate the ship’s aft command pod, which will deploy as a Bird-of-Prey. The HoH’SuS will follow the Bortasqu’ War Cruiser and attack your targets.

Finally

Bortasqu’ Command Cruiser (2500 ZEN)

The Bortasqu’ Command Cruiser features a Subspace Snare universal console module. The Subspace Snare can teleport an enemy to a spot directly in front of the Bortasqu’ Command Cruiser, leaving the enemy vessel vulnerable to attack.

Again you can buy the pack;

Bortasqu’ Battle Cruiser Pack (5000 ZEN)

This pack includes the Bortasqu’ War Cruiser, the Bortasqu’ Command Cruiser and the Bortasqu’ Tactical Cruiser.

Equip all three Bortasqu’ special consoles on the Bortasqu’ of your choice to get the set bonus that will reduce the recharge time of all Bortasqu’ console abilities and improve your Starship Targeting Systems, Starship Energy Weapon Specialization and Starship Projectile Weapon Specialization skills. The set bonus also slightly increases the Bortasqu’s Turn Rate.

If you equip all three you can use the Subspace snare to pull a ship in front of you then hit it with the cannon, if it’s still alive release the Bird of Prey to Harry it, while you broadside them.

Deck Eight EP4

Deck Eight Episode 4

 

Star trek Online hits Vegas!

 

 

There are just over two weeks left until Creation Entertainment’s official Star Trek Convention kicks off at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This year Cryptic will be hosting a Q&A session in the shape of an formal panel in conjunction with the convention called Discussion with the Devs. The panel is scheduled for 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PDT) on Saturday, August 11th, in the DeForest Kelley Theater.

 

 

Massively, along with Trek Radio and Priority One Podcast, and Subspace Radio, are also hosting a get-together called Hangin’ with the Devs! If you are in the Las Vegas area and would like to spend a couple of hours talking with some of the developers behind Star Trek Online, you can join them at iBar in the Rio Hotel and Casino on Saturday, August 11th, from 8 to 10 p.m. EDT (5 to 7 p.m. PDT).

 

 

Attendees of the Hangin’ with the Devs event must be 21 years of age or older and will be responsible for their own food and beverages. Attendees of the Discussion with the Devs panel can be any age but must have tickets to attend the official convention for that day.

 

 

If you going to Vegas this an Excellent chance to meet the people behind the game,interact with like minded people and immerse yourself in the Startrekonline universe.

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