Posts Tagged ‘Rerun’


STO: Of Reruns, Peregrine Fighters, And Horta Armies

May 24, 2011

It’s always an ordeal when family comes to visit, even when it’s my kid brother and his roommate, so I knew I was looking at a busy schedule this last weekend. Thursday, I took the opportunity to play the Star Trek Online “Cloaked Intentions” rerun the night it debuted so I could get what I wanted done before real life got crazy.

I saw Blue Kae on at the time, so we did the episodes together. For “The Vault”, both of us decided to buy the new Peregrine Fighter, or what I personally like to call the mini-manta ray. Indeed, if my Maelstrom Class Fleet Escort ever got herself knocked up and had a baby, it would look like this:

Having been a fan of cannons for a long time now, you’d think adjusting to this thing would be easier for me, but handling it right out of the box was still a learning experience. At first, space combat with cloaked Scorpion Fighters in “The Vault” was almost like trying to pelt rocks at a moving target with a slingshot while bungee jumping. Ironically, part of this is because of how beautifully smooth it flies.

After we grabbed the new dual cannons reward, Kae and I moved on to the second episode “Mine Enemy” to earn ourselves the combat Horta schematic. Being able to “craft” a living creature is weird, but no weirder than being able to buy, sell, trade or send bridge officers through the mail like chattel I suppose.

At first, our combat Hortas just sat there when summoned, like the lumps of rocks they resembled. But in a fight, it turns out they go right up to engage in some hand-to-ha — um…brick? — combat with the enemy. Here, mine takes punches for me like a champ:

The upgrade from the Horta hatchling to one that can fight for you is a permanent change, however, so of course, I redid “Mine Enemy” once more to get it back.

Mark my words — with my Horta army of two, I shall take over the galaxy!


Star Trek Online: Bonnie Kiiiin Bonnie Kiiiiin, I SEE YOU

May 16, 2011

Federation News Service, killing for a story.

My experience with Star Trek Online this weekend exemplified what I like so much the game. Late Saturday night, I found myself drowsing at my keyboard but not quite ready to go to bed. With the Series 2: The Devidians rerun in full swing, I decided to hop online and do an episode before I crash.

I found my Federation News Service fleeties already finishing up the series, but as luck would have it they had to go back to the first episode, and so I happily jumped on board. What I like most about STO is the fast, straight-forward and self-contained nature of the missions. When I run them with friends, I get all the social benefits associated with running an instance without the hassles like roles or worrying if encounters will last for hours and hours.

I plugged away at the rest of the Devidian series the next day and relived the creepiness of the later episodes, taking a page from Scopique and playing it in the dark with my headphones on.  This series is probably my least favorite (not because it wasn’t well done, merely because I felt the other two were even better), but atmosphere is clearly still the strength of this arc. Recalling how it first debuted during Halloween weekend of last year, it’s hard to believe it’s been so many months since I first played it. Even now, it still give me the creeps. Stupid “Bonnie kin” voice!

As you can tell, these reruns are giving me reason to play STO a lot more again. But while I’m happy to replay and earn fresh rewards, I still long for the day a new Feature Episode arc returns.


Star Trek Online: Breen Back!

May 9, 2011

May is Star Trek Online’s “Rerun Month”; just like network TV they are bringing back all the Feature Episodes this time of the year for another chance to nab exclusive rewards. The Breen arc that’s going on will run until the 12th, so until then players who weren’t subbed at the time or didn’t realize the Breen bridge officer was a time limited reward have another chance to grab him.

It appears that a new “Breen set” has also been added to the mission rewards. In the words of the great Daniel Stahl, “a sack of potatoes” (the Deferi Snow Tubers) just wasn’t cutting it.

Huh. Now that I think about it, I guess that was kind of a rip off. Though admittedly, the Cryo Tribble was really cool (oh hahaha I slay me).

So on Saturday, I joined up with my Federation News Service fleeties and we blitzed through the Breen arc again. It’s always a pleasure doing missions with my fleet, and for once I felt perfectly at ease — since I’ve done all the feature episodes already, I didn’t have to worry about stopping to read every single word of quest text or pause every five seconds to snap a screenshot and risk having my head caved in with a phaser blast by the annoyed people I’m playing with.

I ended up picking up three pieces of the new Breen set — Impulse Engine, Shields and Deflector Dish. Aesthetically, I didn’t think it was going to alter to my ship’s appearance, but I was surprised to see that the impulse engines, at least, seemed to have made my warp trails an icy blue. Not a very significant change, but it’s more than I expected and still better than nothing.

Icy blue trails.