Heidy’s Science Class: Explore Strange New Worlds.

Exploring strange new worlds is not just a staple of Star Trek, it’s part of the franchise’s tag line! But sometimes, the strangest world may not be that new. Sometimes, we look at the world we live on, and have one of those WTF??? moments.

Science time!

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Skull and Bones

Don’t get me wrong, I like my starships and space fights as much as the next Trekkie, but when it comes to ship-to-ship battles, stage it on the high seas, among the tropics, with tall ships and iron men… and I’m going to need to change my panties.

With my recent burn-out on Star Trek Online, I have hit the Mush scene again when a new Pirate-themed game popped up. And my god do I love pirates! It got me watching a bunch of pirate flicks, from all the Jack Sparrow escapades to older classics. It also got me paying more attention to an upcoming 2018 MMORPG from Ubisoft… Skull and Bones.

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It’s Black Friday again

It’s Start Trek Online’s annual Black Friday sales again!

It’s that time of year once again, Captains – the Star Trek Online Black Friday sales are on! In addition to the previously announced ways you can save on Zen and Packs on all three platforms, we’re pleased to announce that from November 22rd at 8am PT to November 28th at 10am PT, all items in the C-store will be 25% off, on all three platforms! That means ships, inventory slots, duty officers and more will all be yours for the taking, Captains. Get out there and get those items you’ve always dreamed of.

Yes, it starts on November 22RD — that’s Cryptic’s typo, not mine. Yes, it’s November the TWENTY-TURD.

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The Burnt Waffle

The Mirror event has returned to Star Trek Online… since last Thursday. Here is the announcement. For veteran players, Mirror Invasion event has always been the ULTIMATE GRIND EVENT; traditionally this requires 14 runs per character to get the reward, and even Mirror Invasion queue is time-gated at 15 minutes each. The queue is also poorly designed, since being AFK is a perfectly valid way to completing it, leading to much angst among the player base.

At least this time Cryptic seems to have recognized the problem, and does something different.

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Fiction – Shadow Over Dranuur

“Sir! We’ve lost aft shields! We have hull breaches in section 10 thru 12 on decks 4, 5 and 6. Emergency structural force fields are up but I don’t know how long they’ll hold!”

Lt. Adam Kunzel didn’t even have time to acknowledge the report as an explosion made the ship lurch violently to the side. He barely managed to hang on to the captain’s chair, but both his navigator and comms officer were thrown off their seats.

“Fire aft torpedoes full spread!” He barked to his tactical officer, who was thankfully clinging to his console, then turned to his helmsman. “Then make a hard bank to port, see if we can shake them loose.”

“Aye sir.” Ensign Collins called back. Ensign Shyant only nodded a silent acknowledgement without taking her eyes off her console — Adam privately hoped that the young Andorian helmsman’s fancy flying could take them out of the mess.

And indeed, what a mess it was.

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