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Gaming Thread, Star Trek Online - Now FREE in Fun Stuff; Originally Posted by CAM The fed fleet I am in has been helping me find the ropes again. Have you ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    The fed fleet I am in has been helping me find the ropes again. Have you got one yet Rawns? We did Fleet action last night and the 20-man space action is insane with all the beam-boats.

    I hit Commander 30 last night and upgraded to a Celestial class Exploration Cruiser. Lovely looking ship and very hard to kill unless you happen to be a Heavy Plasma Torp cheating Romulan Battleship.
    No I've not, but a couple of other mates who have got back into it, so the plan is to create a new one tonight. Shame there are not more Online Trekies to form an EduGeek Fleet!

    My Romulan is now up to level 27. My mate who was away on weekend is up to that rank too so I stopped levelling it on Sat morning and resumed my Federation main that I've not played in ages. Took me a while to get back to it but I'm back up to speed now and hit 40 last night. I'm now cruising in Prometheus Class Advanced Escort:



    Cant remember what engine I have installed on it but nothing seems to match it for combat speed and manoeuvrability.

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    Intruiging.... I've just noticed that I have this in my Steam Library! You may see me around at some point in the galaxy

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    Just wait until my replacement RAM arrives, I will be playing again!

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    We can still team up for fleet credit stuff provided all have a fleet (even if they are different). Maybe we can try tonight?

    I'll post a picture of my Exploration Cruiser later. This is the current build that is working OK for me but could use some better armour as I have no Plasma resist and it's literally killing me:

    Mixed Phaser/Plasma Beam Arrays
    Photon Torpedos fore/aft

    TACTICAL:
    Beam Overpower
    Tactical Team

    ENGINEERING:
    Emergency Power to Weapons
    Emergency Power to Shields
    Emergency Power to Aux Power
    Aux Power to Structural Integrity Field (combines well with above plus Engineering Team for a big hull heal)
    Engineering Team
    Vent Warp Plasma

    SCIENCE
    Science Team
    Shield Drain Beam

    I heard that rotating Emergency Power to Weapons and Shields is the way to go, along with one of each type of Team. Then I use structural and engineering team as needed to restore lost hull points (easy with a crew complement of 1000).

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    Why the hell isn't this in my life. Signing up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Why the hell isn't this in my life. Signing up!
    You won't regret it! Maybe we do have the makings of an EduGeek fleet! EduFleet!

    Also, unlike most other Free to Play games, not spending a penny does not impact the game itself.

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    Is it fairly easy to get into the game? I.E. getting resources, a ship etc. - I find with previous f2p games that although it's free, it's virtually nigh on impossible to get anywhere without having to 'unlock XYZ' or 'PAY NOW AND GET ACCESS TO THIS' jargon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TBlax View Post
    Is it fairly easy to get into the game? I.E. getting resources, a ship etc. - I find with previous f2p games that although it's free, it's virtually nigh on impossible to get anywhere without having to 'unlock XYZ' or 'PAY NOW AND GET ACCESS TO THIS' jargon.
    Not the case with STO which is why I love it so much. Paying does not mean you can "unlock" things quicker. Your guaranteed a ship every 10 levels with between 1-3 free choices of craft. Some ships can even be rewards from quests (I've recently just got a USS Enterprise-C type ambassador class starship from a quest!), some others are rare loot drops. There are of course a selection of other ships that you can pay for with maybe an additional perk or two but not buying a better ship does not leave you with an unfair disadvantage.

    The 'free' aspect basically applies limitations (eg, limited number of inventory slots, ship slots, uniform slots etc), limited choice of ship designs and skins etc. You can pay/subscribe for additional slots but depends on how fussed you are.

    Features matrix of Subscription vrs Pay to Play:

    STO F2P Feature Matrix | Star Trek Online - Free to Play Sci-Fi MMORPG
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    You can also buy ZEN via Steam which is the premium currency. This can then be turned into Dilithium which is acquired in-game or vice versa. That means it is possible to acquire the cash store items through in-game effort by converting Dilithium to ZEN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    You can also buy ZEN via Steam which is the premium currency. This can then be turned into Dilithium which is acquired in-game or vice versa. That means it is possible to acquire the cash store items through in-game effort by converting Dilithium to ZEN.
    When it was P2P? (sure it was), i did the easy thing. Money > Zen > Level up boosts > Money > Zen > Ship > Money > Zen > Upgrades > Enemy QQ. lol

    Of course, you need an abundance of cash you can blow

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    Lovely! I'll have a go on tonight if I've got some time and see what's what wouldn't mind joining in on the EduFleet idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    You can also buy ZEN via Steam which is the premium currency. This can then be turned into Dilithium which is acquired in-game or vice versa. That means it is possible to acquire the cash store items through in-game effort by converting Dilithium to ZEN.
    I won some Gold pressed Latinum in a bar yesterday. Guessing there is some kind of Ferengi store where I can spend it?

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    I got to the end of the Klingon War and kinda stopped playing, I only had 1 friend on it and he stopped playing, I might have to start it up again on my MacBook Pro :-)

    will need to find out where I put my mouse though, as playing it with a trackpad was just plain awful.

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