Thursday, August 17, 2017

Star Trek: Online

Fleet Admiral Robert Lupia of the Sovereign-class USS Justice reporting for duty.
In the past couple of weeks, I've started playing Star Trek: Online again. I chiefly blame Aaron Henley for this, since he started playing and posting videos of his experiences on YouTube. There are a few things that I've learned from this experience:

1. Being in charge has some nice perks. Part of the experience is that you have a crew, which consists of "Bridge Officers" and "Duty Officers". The Bridge Officers are those that accompany you on away missions and man the stations on your ship. Four of mine are in the picture above, but I have about 12 at the moment. Duty Officers, on the other hand, are the crew. The crew is able to perform operations while the Captain is off doing other things. Anything from "Host a Poker Game" to "Infiltrate the Orion Syndicate". The nice thing about this is that the main character (me) gets experience from those missions. I'd say at least 20 of my character's 60 levels came from my Duty Officers.

2. A mouse really is necessary. We have a laptop and it's not a young one, so it has some quirks. One of those quirks is that a USB mouse won't work with it. It's not that it doesn't recognize that there's a mouse there, it's just that the mouse operation cuts in and out. So I'm forced to use the touch pad for operations, which can get in the way.

3. I'm a miser. Many missions give you "currency" rewards, which can be Replicator Credits, Dilithium Ore, or even Gold Pressed Latinum. There are several ways to use those, whether it's at vendors or in the marketplace. The trouble is that I've found myself saying, more often than not, "It's not worth it." I guess that's why I have over a million Replicator Credits sitting there.

It's a fun game, but I don't get on it all that often. If anyone out there plays, let me know what your experiences are. I can be found as "Robert Lupia@JusticeCEO" the majority of the time.

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  1. The controls for space battles take. Long time to get used to. The biggest headache of the game for me.

    1. That is one of the worst things about my experience. I'm probably missing some shortcuts that would make it easier, but right now I fly around and keep hitting "Fire All Weapons". It's not elegant, but it (mostly) gets the job done.

    2. The main problem is it's a ***** to reset the control taskbars. You can't just drag and drop abilities for customizing like you can in other MMOs. Space bar fires all Phasers I know for sure and I always set torpedoes to the 1 key but the UI isn't as good as it should be. Also I'm not the only one who keeps T'vrell in their party permamently. Yes..she's my Hot Vulcan Lady. I'm not ashamed to admit I have made a Pon Farr joke or two when she's around.

    3. I'm going to have to find a good "how to" listing for space combat settings, just to keep my sanity.