Winter Event 2017

The Winter Event is just around the corner and Cryptic is starting to release some news around it… including the Krampus. Uh, I mean Kramp’lhri. 

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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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Budget Build for Newbies

For every toon that has good gear and a lot of resources pumped into them, there are two who are barely developed. Lt. Adam Kunzel is one of my newest toons, and also one who has very little resources dedicated to him. His entire build is done on the cheap, but for what he is, Adam is not ineffectual. I thought I’d use him as a template and write a guide for new STO players, on one possible setup for an inexpensive endgame ship.

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The Miracle Worker Cruisers

We are still in the midst of arranging for mom’s funeral, but as many people keep telling me, it’s just as important to get back to our daily lives. In that sense, STO has been very helpful; it’s something to keep my mind busy so that I don’t (unhealthily) overthink about real life.

As you probably all know already, Cryptic released a new line of “Miracle Worker” ships recently. There are some controversy over them and it’s time for Heidy to take a look at them.

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