Voyager

589aafa141ea816ff61009d2e24a25c2I mentioned before that I never saw many Star Trek Voyager episodes, but this last week I have gone back to the very beginning of the series and started watching it (thanks, on-demand TV!). I quickly realized that I haven’t seen any of these early episodes, but having now waded through the first 7 or 8 now, it’s easy to conclude why it never interested me enough to follow the show.

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Feature Episode – Stormbound

insp_continuityThe latest feature episode “Stormbound” is… well, a bit of an odd duck. Ever since the tail-end of the Iconian War, there seems to be more emphasis placed on time-travel plots, which frankly is a tricky thing to play with, and Stormbound is a good example of why that is.

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Pop Hero Coalition/STO Charity program kicks A$$.

Lootcritter had a post explaining this recent charity promotion. It’s over now, but I want to add a comment or two about my experience with it.

See, I live in the Pacific timezone. Like all other limited quantity promotions, by the time I woke up and checked online, half of the T6 bundles were already sold. By the time I had a chance to get on a computer that would allow me to use Paypal, the T6 bundles had long gone.This is not the first time that I miss out on promotional stuff simply because I live on the west coast, and I don’t expect it to be the last. I’m not sure if anything can be done to address this, or if anyone cares to look for a more equitable solution, but till then players like me are constantly SOL… and by SOL I don’t mean Earth’s sun.

Ultimately I did manage to get the T6 bundle; it was announced that there was a limited number of ‘leftover’ bundles, 75 in all, that would be made available 2 hours prior to the end of the promotion. I just happened to pop on at the right time — there were suddenly 62 T6 bundles left! Excitedly I hit the Buy button and anxiously waits for Paypal to process my order, which seemed to take an eternity (but was really about 45 seconds). By the time the order completed and it punted me back to the Groupees website, there were only 2 bundles left. Talk about nick of time!

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WOW. Well done Star Trek Online!

Last Thursday, Cryptic threw it’s support behind Chase Masterson’s Pop Hero Coalition with a special promotion to raise much-needed funds for the charity. The plan was to sell a number of T1 and T2 ships at the $1 level, and a bonus T6 Ship pack for the first 2500 players who purchased $10 or more. If the promotion reached the $25K level, then everyone who participated would also receive a Mirror Leeta holographic bridge officer.

What started out as a decent target goal of $25,000 dollars quickly ballooned into a short extension of the charity event and doubling the revenue to over 54,000 dollars USD!

To call this promotion a success would be an understatement. While I don’t have insight into the projections, reaching the 25K goal was likely thought as a best-case scenario. Ultimately this promotion helped raise over 35,000 dollars for Chases’ charity…

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Cheaters. You know who you are.

cheater-memeNo one likes cheaters, not even other cheaters.

I recently read an old forum entry on video game botting, quoted below. Interestingly, it’s titled “Botting Ethics”. Clearly, irony is a new concept to the original poster.

Hello fellow botters

Lately I am noticing a lot of other botters on the spots where my bots farm. Whats the point of making the same profile where I am?
I’ve already made multiple profiles for farming credits and moved from planets to planets and noticed new botters on almost all of them on different servers.
We are both getting less if we farm the same spot.
I’ve already moved my toons multiple times and I am getting really sick of it.
If I’m searching for a new spot I am investing my time and I find that the spot is taken I move on and continue searching for a new one.
Please guys you know who you are. Just move on and find your own empty spot. Its not funny anymore.
I know I don’t own the ingame terrain but whats really the point of making the same profile?
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STF – Assault on Terok Nor

teroknorI’ve run the new STF – Assault on Terok Nor enough times in the past week that I feel I can write a rough guide for it. This STF is pretty brutal for PUGs, because it’s very difficult to complete without decent coordination within the team, and can be downright frustrating if you get pugged with someone who has no idea what’s going on. I managed to finish one pugged run the other night in record time, but the individual team members were all pretty clued in as to what they need to be doing; for every run like that, I had three others that took forever. So here’s some tips as to how to go about it, based on my experiences so far.

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New Star Trek TV Series Coming in 2017

As a player of STO, this is definitely noteworthy. I’m intrigued by this, but I don’t really have any expectations (euphoria or dread) about the new Trek show. Why? Because looking back, it dawns on me that I actually haven’t watched a lot of Star Trek in my time. Out of the five TV series, I’ve probably seen 40% of the TNG episodes (mostly the last 3-4 seasons on reruns), maybe a quarter of DS9 (also on reruns), 10-15 or so episodes of TOS, and a random smattering of Voyager and Enterprise. In other words, I never had a real affinity with Star Trek TV shows, plus the fact that this thing being “US exclusive” and available on a paid channel other than HBO pretty much takes it out of my radar screen. Still, noteworthy!

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And I’m not sure how I feel about it.Alex Kurtzman will serve as executive producer for the new Star Trek TV series.”  As part of the brain-trust behind the recent reboot, I’m happy that his writing partner Orci is not involved in this ‘new series”.   No word yet what time-frame the series will exist in, or in what universe (JJ, Classic) the series will be made.

My personal preference was that this would have been a Netflix or HBO series, focusing on quality and a multi-episode story line.

The new television series is not related to the upcoming feature film Star Trek Beyond which is scheduled to be distributed by Paramount Pictures in summer 2016.

Clarification: ‘Not related’ to the upcoming movie does not say it won’t be in the same universe established in the recent reboot.

More as this story develops.  Hollywood Reporter.

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