Part of the fun of playing Star Trek Online is the continuous tweaking of your character/ship build as new gear, skills and abilities are rolled out. I don’t pretend my toons are tricked out like the top DPSers, mainly because I’m not really chasing max DPS. I don’t have many of the lockbox or lobi consoles required for top DPS builds, and I never bothered to upgrade my gear to Mk XIV/Epic.
But there is one thing that I could do, but never did: Using keybinds.
Now, I know all top-DPSers use keybinds. When set up properly, all you need to do is mesh your spacebar repeatedly to fire all the things, with the circumstantial clicky powers set to one side. STO doesn’t have a built-in keybind program like other games; for example, I used keybinds in Rift and it’s a very slick interface – you just drag and drop the power icons in the order you want, and save it as a special “playlist”. No such luck with STO — as far as I know you need to set up a TXT file and follow a specific tray layout for it to work. It all sounds rather… primitive.
Another reason I don’t use keybinds is the fact that I feel more… “hands on” when flying my ships. Like I am actually controlling it rather than relying on an auto-pilot. Same reason I drive a standard and not an auto-transmission. 😉
That said, there are a LOT MORE clicky powers these days compared to when I first started playing. There are more BOFF abilities now, as well as gear sets and specializations that grant clicky powers… and the STO UI interface isn’t the most responsive if you try to click a bunch of icons in rapid succession. I have come to notice that it can take me up to 7 ot 8 seconds to activate everything as I set up my initial attack in any given encounter — assuming everything activates properly — which is way, way too long.
I will probably never go to a full keybind setup, but at this point I think it’s beneficial to use a partial setup to offload a bunch of buffs/debuffs to a single key.
What about you guys out there? Do you use keybinds or not? If so, how are they set up? Inquiring minds want to know.