Season 14: Emergence Overview

Sorry for the very sporadic posts, but things haven’t settled down for me at all. In addition to my unexpectedly poor post-op recovery, I am also dealing with mom’s failing health. As she has been admitted to palliative care, I am trying to see her as much as I can before she passes.

Anyway, today I want to quickly touch upon the recent release of Season 14: Emergence for Star Trek Online. Why am I still playing STO then? To distract myself. Actually I’ve been told that keeping busy and continuing doing the things we normally do help cope with stressful times. And yeah, this is about as stressful a time as I’ve ever been.

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Open For Business (Somewhat)

The procedure went okay, but the recovery has been slow. I’m still in some pain and discomfort, but at least I can get up from bed and walk around now. I’ll gradually work myself back into things, so this blog is (mostly/somewhat) open for business again.

Summer of Trek Sweepstakes

This is not STO-related, but if you are a Star Trek fan and enjoys playing with Trek ships, you might be interested in a “Summer of Trek” sweepstake/giveaway sponsored by Eaglemoss and IDW.

Here is a news article from Figures.com. Just copied and pasted the whole thing down below.

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Pop Hero Coalition/STO Charity program kicks A$$.

Lootcritter had a post explaining this recent charity promotion. It’s over now, but I want to add a comment or two about my experience with it.

See, I live in the Pacific timezone. Like all other limited quantity promotions, by the time I woke up and checked online, half of the T6 bundles were already sold. By the time I had a chance to get on a computer that would allow me to use Paypal, the T6 bundles had long gone.This is not the first time that I miss out on promotional stuff simply because I live on the west coast, and I don’t expect it to be the last. I’m not sure if anything can be done to address this, or if anyone cares to look for a more equitable solution, but till then players like me are constantly SOL… and by SOL I don’t mean Earth’s sun.

Ultimately I did manage to get the T6 bundle; it was announced that there was a limited number of ‘leftover’ bundles, 75 in all, that would be made available 2 hours prior to the end of the promotion. I just happened to pop on at the right time — there were suddenly 62 T6 bundles left! Excitedly I hit the Buy button and anxiously waits for Paypal to process my order, which seemed to take an eternity (but was really about 45 seconds). By the time the order completed and it punted me back to the Groupees website, there were only 2 bundles left. Talk about nick of time!

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WOW. Well done Star Trek Online!

Last Thursday, Cryptic threw it’s support behind Chase Masterson’s Pop Hero Coalition with a special promotion to raise much-needed funds for the charity. The plan was to sell a number of T1 and T2 ships at the $1 level, and a bonus T6 Ship pack for the first 2500 players who purchased $10 or more. If the promotion reached the $25K level, then everyone who participated would also receive a Mirror Leeta holographic bridge officer.

What started out as a decent target goal of $25,000 dollars quickly ballooned into a short extension of the charity event and doubling the revenue to over 54,000 dollars USD!

To call this promotion a success would be an understatement. While I don’t have insight into the projections, reaching the 25K goal was likely thought as a best-case scenario. Ultimately this promotion helped raise over 35,000 dollars for Chases’ charity…

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New Star Trek TV Series Coming in 2017

As a player of STO, this is definitely noteworthy. I’m intrigued by this, but I don’t really have any expectations (euphoria or dread) about the new Trek show. Why? Because looking back, it dawns on me that I actually haven’t watched a lot of Star Trek in my time. Out of the five TV series, I’ve probably seen 40% of the TNG episodes (mostly the last 3-4 seasons on reruns), maybe a quarter of DS9 (also on reruns), 10-15 or so episodes of TOS, and a random smattering of Voyager and Enterprise. In other words, I never had a real affinity with Star Trek TV shows, plus the fact that this thing being “US exclusive” and available on a paid channel other than HBO pretty much takes it out of my radar screen. Still, noteworthy!

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And I’m not sure how I feel about it.Alex Kurtzman will serve as executive producer for the new Star Trek TV series.”  As part of the brain-trust behind the recent reboot, I’m happy that his writing partner Orci is not involved in this ‘new series”.   No word yet what time-frame the series will exist in, or in what universe (JJ, Classic) the series will be made.

My personal preference was that this would have been a Netflix or HBO series, focusing on quality and a multi-episode story line.

The new television series is not related to the upcoming feature film Star Trek Beyond which is scheduled to be distributed by Paramount Pictures in summer 2016.

Clarification: ‘Not related’ to the upcoming movie does not say it won’t be in the same universe established in the recent reboot.

More as this story develops.  Hollywood Reporter.

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