About that Molecular Reconstruction…

The Molecular Reconstruction Mechanic orignially debuted with the AOY Temporal ships, but has since found its way to other temporally-displaced ships such as the Temporal Dreadnaughts, the TOS ships and Sphere Builder vessels. Most recently the T6 versions of the Ambassador and Vor’cha both received this as well. Not exactly sure why in the last two cases, but I’m not complaining!

This Mechanic is of particular interest to my main toon Heidy, which I’ll explain later in the post. So let’s get right to it.

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RIP Stan Lee

The irrepressible and legendary writer/editor/publisher of Marvel Comics, Stan “The Man” Lee, passed away yesterday at the age of 95.

He co-created some of the most recognizable Marvel comic characters, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men… among many others. With the meteoric pop-culture rise of Marvel in the past 10 years, Lee is arguably the best known face of comics today, and it’s been a tradition in Marvel movies for Lee to make cameo appearances; even if you don’t know him, you’ve got to recognize him by now.

While I don’t really read comic books, I am a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I’ve always favored Marvel over DC. The main reason is Stan Lee: specifically, the way he wrote and designed Marvel’s characters, who are far more nuanced and interesting than their DC rivals because they are flawed and diverse.

The Man himself was, by all accounts, endlessly enthusiastic, friendly and encouraging. While it is a great loss not only to comics but pop culture overall, Lee clearly lived a full life. He leaves behind an unmatchable pop culture legacy, and a worldwide fanbase… not bad at all for someone who wrote “the funny books” as a career.

Super-Heroes never die. You will forever be remembered, Stan. Excelsior!

The Tarantula Web-Cannon Strategy

I wrote about one of my main STO toons some time ago, the Gorn Engineer General Gortusk. I mentioned that he flies a Tarantula Dreadnought, the I.K.S. Worldbreaker, in no small part due to the fact that I was always putting him in the biggest ship I could afford…. and the Tarantula is definitely a BIG ‘UN. I’ve tried to build it as effectively as I can, but frankly, it’s not an easy thing to do. Not that it’s difficult to achieve: it’s just that it requires a pretty specialized build that isn’t effective for any other ship.

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Bag of Fixes

Since the release of Age of Discovery, the Star Trek Online player base has generally been pretty restless. Well, okay, maybe restless isn’t the best descriptor. Maybe grumpy? Enraged? In any case, do a quick scan through the STO Forums and STO Reddit, and you can judge for yourself.

It’s not Age of Discovery that most players are upset about — it’s the fact that it not only came with a host of new bugs, but it also broke a wad of old content, and Cryptic has shown little interest in fixing anything. This is not new though — bugs and improvement requests have been piling up for a while, many of which ignored (Tzenkethi BZ, anyone?), and this is just adding fuel to the fire.

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Arena of Sompek Retu….OOPS.

I am not entirely sure this has happened before, but after Day 1 of a new round of the Sompek Arena event, it gets dropped like a bad habit because of a bug that Cryptic couldn’t squash. This is the official Tweet:

Hey folks-despite herculean effort, we won’t be able to fix the Arena for tomorrow, so in about forty minutes, we’re going to switch the Arena off and switch Borg Red Alert on for the weekend on PC.

We’ll bring the event back when we have it fully fixed.

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Age of Discovery – System Changes

In my haste to look at the new tutorial, ships and bling that came out with Age of Discovery, I ignored many of the system changes that were less flashy, but have greater impacts on my gameplay. Here’s a quick, and probably incomplete rundown.

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