We are back to Risa for 2017 for some fun in the sun!
This year’s Summer Event started last Thursday, so there is still plenty of time to take part (and yes, grind for the free ship). As Events go the Summer one is my favorite — the floater “grind” for the ship is simple and painless, and better yet you only need to do it on one toon for an account-wide unlock. All the other activities on Risa are entirely optional — you can spend a lot of time grinding for Lohlunat Favors (I call them LOLnuts; it’s easier to remember) to buy swimwear, floaters, power boards, pets and some Risan kit modules, or Bird Eggs (for bird pets) and Monkey Tags (for monkey pets). But if you don’t care for any of that? Don’t grind at all! Just enjoy the sun and beach and one of the best rendered ground map on STO. It’s one of the few opportunities to see a lot of player characters in one place, and every year I end up making several new friends on Risa.
They added a new activity this year: the Biathlon which combines power-boarding and a floater race…. and personally I think it’s a stinker. Not only is it easy to get disqualified, especially when you transition from the power-board to the floater — there is a very narrow zone you can do it in, otherwise you risk disqualification — but there doesn’t seem to be a very clear signal that you might have missed a checkpoint along the way. The worst part is, like the Winter Event race, some people have already found an exploit and somehow parking themselves at the finish line to win every race.
Meh, I don’t need the gold/silver/bronze floaters, which only become available if you win 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively. The stats are identical to the other superior floaters, so are a bit redundant. Nope, I am not doing this activity any more.
I wouldn’t care so much if the introduction of the Biathlon didn’t screw up the event schedule. As it stands now, the Biathlon, the power-board race and the Artifact searching occur much more frequently than the Dance-Off and the Horga’hn Hunt — and the Horga’hn Hunt is the most efficient way of farming LOLnuts. On the other hand, less Hunts mean more time spent relaxing and goofing off, so it’s a trade-off I’m willing to live with.
As far as Risa itself is concerned, unfortunately Cryptic has already said that they won’t be able to fix the night cycle due to Lighting 2.0. And having spent a few days on Risa, I can say for sure that I miss the Risan nights. It’s missing a very unique and vacation-y ambience, one that almost makes Risa a completely different experience than daytime. Frankly, I don’t think Lighting 2.0 did much to improve players’ experience on Risa; losing the night cycle is really not a good trade-off.
Having obtained gear for most of my vacationing toons in previous Summer Events, I didn’t really need a whole lot this time around. The new Rash Guard swimwear looks awesome though, so Heidy and T’Leia each got a different one! Unfortunately it only works with the shorts costumes, because for some reason it clips badly with bikini bottoms. I faked it on my girls by making the bikini bottom’s color match the Rash Guard, but that’s about all I can do until Cryptic fixes it.
This year, in addition to my normal vacationing toons Heidy, T’Leia and Kala, my newer, second-tier toon Lahae has joined them on Risa. Lahae is a Fed-aligned Romulan, whom I have taken some effort to make her look as Korean/East-Asian as I could (limited by character customization options); as such, I call her a “Koromulan” — what do you think? Does she look sufficiently Asian? This is a homage to my own ethnicity! As toons go Lahae isn’t very well-developed, so I’m spending a bit of time on Risa with her right now so that she can do a bit of catch-up between vacation activities.
As I have repeatedly said, I love the Summer Event because it offers a nice change of pace away from the usual STO grind. This year I already made two new friends just hanging out on Risa, which is a great thing to happen! So if you haven’t done so, pack your swimwear and sun-tan lotion, and head for the greatest vacation spot in the galaxy!