The Dirties on Vacay

After the tiresome grind of Mirror Invasion, Fungi and I took time out to goof around with STO’s Alien Tailor options. And we ended up with the Dirties ™! No that’s not their official names or anything, I just thought to name them SOMETHING for ease of reference.

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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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The New Flight Deck Cruisers

There was a ship bundle that was released while I was out of commission, but it was attractive enough for me to get online just long enough to buy it while it was on sale. Which one is this, you ask? Why, it’s the Allied Flight Deck Cruiser bundle.

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The Cheuk – An exercise in speculative exobiology

Have I mentioned I am a fan of speculative history and speculative evolution? No? Well, I am! This is the sort of thing I read for fun. Today I’m going to stretch my imagination a bit and come up with background information on an original alien species, the Cheuk. I even created an alien character on Star Trek Online, Z’mi Zahl, as a representative of the Cheuk.

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Champions Catchup – Fire-Ant

Leveling in Champions can be such a slog; it takes a LOT of punching bad guys to get enough XP for a level. No it doesn’t quite take 2.5 years to get a toon to level 25, but it can be so frustrating that you stop playing for 2.5 years and hence not leveling a toon.

Such is the fate of one of my original Champions toons, Fire-Ant. But hey, he made it to that monumental milestone last night!

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New Champions Character – Ghosteye

Wow, seriously, my one and only post about Champions OnlineĀ was done back in January 2015 — over 2.5 years ago! That’s a little bit crazy.

Star Trek Online seems to be hitting a slow/low spot lately; other than the Martok episode there hasn’t been a lot of notable new content. Instead they’re recycling stuff like Arena of Sompek with a bad twist: the original Sompek was 3-runs-over-the-weekend for an account-wide reward, but now they turned it into a 14-day, per character slog for a lousy gun. So…. 14 runs per toon, Koyabashi-style queue, ground STF, for a ground weapon.

Yeeeeeaaaaah…. no, thanks. I’m not doing that. Did they actually think any player would enjoy that change? Because if they did, boy do I have some bargain waterfront property for sale in the Gobi desert!

It’s somewhat timely then that a friend wanted to try out Champions again, and invited me along… I thought what the hell. Champions only gives you two free character slots (both of which I have previously used); I am El Cheapo and don’t want to spend actual money to buy more slots, I went ahead and deleted level 18 Flashfreeze to make room. And now I have a new Champion toon: Ghosteye!

P.S. Why can’t I use my Zen from STO on Champions? I wish I could. I have a nice little stash on STO that can really help on this game, but now I’m stuck with no money.

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