New STF Gear | STOked 109

New STF Gear | STOked 109

The team takes a look at the new STF gear, and the current gear’s changes. Plus Chris shares his 2012 STO predictions, and plays back a few from 2011, find out how they did!

This will be the last STOked produced for the foreseeable future. The show will be going on hiatus.

I plan to take another look at things, perhaps as the new featured episodes are near release, or something really exciting that I want to share with you all. And I will continue to monitor news and the STO community closely.

Check out the live stream on Saturdays, from time to time I plan to do live game play with the chat room during the hiatus. Following my G+ or Twitter feeds would be the fastest way to find out when those happen.

And finally, thank you so much for watching. If we make our return, I hope you’ll be there to tune in!

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Show Notes:

2011 PREDICTIONS from STOked 63

Jeremy:

  • Cryptic will acknowledge the positive impact the Foundry can have on their game, and embrace it by appointing a point of contact (or team) that will focus on publicity for the best-made and highly-reviewed player missions on a regular basis. Maybe a secondary weekly spotlight?
  • We will see an announcement toward the end of the year for a Romulan expansion. Including the new faction, 3–4 new sectors complete with PvE stories. The unique Romulan mechanic will be “espionage” and will be similar to Fed DXP.
  • More voice overs and cut scenes for episode content.


Chris:

  • Voice Overs + Cut Scenes (Demo record fly through)
  • More Star Trek
  • Slow Down
  • UGC will snowball into requiring a more robust out-of-game experience to discover and discuss new player created content.


2012 Predictions:

  • The possibility of failure lumes over STO. The price of failure may be too low.

  • The Foundry make it or break it time. DStahl has a big task on his hands. .

  • SW:TOR will help STO find it’s identity. SPACE COMBAT.

  • The next feature episode will be revealed to the community with the biggest fan fare yet.

  • D’angelo is replaced? The lack of transparency will turn the community even more angry. Anyone who takes the figure head spot, and does not chant “content, content, content” they will be flamed.

  • Foundry created episodes will take a larger role in the game. Cryptic will acknowledge them, and make efforts towards driving players towards them. After they get over having to admit they need the players to help them create content.

  • Crafting revamp replaces the current “vendorised” system with something spectacular and player skill based.

  • Additional writing staff, preferably with Star Trek experience, will be hired (possibly temporarily).

  • Cryptic will assign / hire a staff member to produce content using the Foundry toolset on a regular basis

  • STO will face it’s own “NGE” crisis and will only survive it by shifting focus to delivering content rather than game systems

Community Feedback


New STF Gear Sets:

Set feedback thread


Borg set (3 set items for 5 edc each from a vendor, console from the mission ‘Assimilation’).

Shield - The most regenerative shield of all the sets along with the lowest shield capacity and has a bonus resistance to plasma damage attacks to the shields by 15%. A bonus to shield power improves shield regen and resistance.

Engine - one of the slower impulse engines but a standard agility and a power bonus to engines, the greatest bonus of this engine is the ability for transwarp speed in sector space (minimum speed of warp 14).

Deflector geared towards (in order of magnitude) - Resistance – (geared towards greater hull boost, moderate restistance to shield/energy/movement debuff and a boost to auxillary power.
Hull Strength – change to an offensive debuff like power drain or exotic damage? Make it more offensive/adaptive deflector?
Resistance to shield and energy drain abilities
Resistance to hold, disable, repel, knock and slow effects
Knock, repel and slow abilities
Aux power (improve aux based abilities)

Aegis – a craftable set
Shields - highest capacity (for the feds) covarient shields with one of the lowest regenerations but grants a boost to shield power and shield strength.

Engines - geared towards speed and defense (performing better at higher engine speeds).

Deflector - Shield defense (geared towards shield strength, buffs and resistance to debuffs and a small boost to shield regen/resistance).
Shield strength – Boost to placate/confuse? Make it a more evasive deflector?
Shield repair/healing
Resistance to energy/shield drain abilities
Resistance to hold, disable, repel, knock and slow effects
Shield power (improves shield regen and shield resistance)

MACO – FED only
Shield - while the capacity is lower than a covarient, resilient shields regenerate slightly better and allow less damage to impact the hull. In addition for each attack you receive you gain a stacking 10 second bonus of +1 to all power settings. Shield grants a standard 20% plasma damage resistance to the shields.

Engine - while a tiny bit slower than the Aegis engines there is no bonus to having a high engine power. In addition, ships in sector space can travel at 9.99 (so we aren’t all going to turn in to amphibian beings  ) and in the eventuality that your engines are disabled, you’ll still have some maneuverabilty.

Deflector – Defense orientated (geared towards hull strength, shield strength buffs, resistance to movement debuffs and transfering power between subsystems).
Hull strength
Shield repair/healing
Resistance to hold, disable, repel, knock and slow effects
Shield strength
Power transfer rate

Omega Force – FED/KDF
Shield - A less regenerative capacity version of the Borg shield. In addition though for each attack you receive you gain a bonus 5 flight speed and 30% turn rate for 5 seconds. Shield grants a standard 20% plasma damage resistance to the shields.

Engine - The fastest engine available to both factions and one of the most agile with a greater bonus when using a high engine power.

Deflector - Debuff orientated (equally passive and damaging debuff boost with a small boost to cloak detection and shield repair).
Cloak detection and sensor debuff resistance
Resistance to hold, disable, repel, knock and slow effects
Resistance to energy/shield drain abilities Change to hold, disable, repel, knock and slow effects? Make it a more ambush/hit and run deflector?
Improved accuracy
Damage from ‘exotic’ attacks

KHG – KDF only
Shield - the highest shield capacity covarient shield and one of the lowest regenerations, however, there is a 25% chance when hit by energy damage to debuff the enemy’s accuracy by 25% for 10 seconds and placate for 1 second. Shield grants a standard 20% plasma damage resistance to the shields.

Engine - the slowest engine overall but the most agile especially at low power levels with an added bonus of being able to restart disabled engines after only 1 second and a flat bonus to all power levels.

Deflector – strength and offense orientated (geared towards boosting hull strength and offensive debuffs with a bonus to transferring power).
Hull strength
Damage from ‘exotic’ attacks
Knock, repel and slow abilities
Power transfer
Improved cloak

120 Responses to “New STF Gear | STOked 109”

  1. Coruscant News Says:

    I speak for not only the show as its Community Feedback Host/Rep but its fan fleet leader when i say this change is going to be an interesting challenge to face. Not unlike many other fans of STO or STOked out there, we have all had to deal with the games “issues”. In trying to stay in a positive light for STOked Production and its future we will try to remain hopeful that Cryptic/PWE will invest in STO’s future. let us know how you feel by posting here and/or emailing us @ Stoked@Jupiterbroadcasting.Com. 

  2. Scott Wears Says:

    hey Chris.

    Although I’m sad to see stoked go for a while. I just want to let you know that I watch the other JB shows so I’ll be sticking around . just hope you haven’t lost your passion for pod casting as I watch your show more than I watch TV. Just wanted to offer my support Keep up the good work :)

    Scott Wears  

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I’m not goin anywhere! 

    -Chris

  4. Scott Wears Says:

    maybe a quick edit to my post but how about an episode 109.975 maybe a clip  show with the funniest moments :)

  5. Forge Says:

    Welp, that makes me sad on the inside and on you outside.  I tended to think of this show as part of the game itself.  I REALLY hope you come back.  Looking forward to the TOR cast though.  Not going to be playing the game any time super soon, but i would still like to keep up on whats going on before picking up a light saber myself.  So,this sucks.  But its understandable.  Still a JB fan, so not going anywhere, and im totally to see that the Bryan and Chris action show is back :D  I dont know a think about Linux, but I just like watching you guys do your thing :P

  6. JIMNYKRICET Says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO I LOVE THIS SHOW DONT GO

  7. Hravik Says:

    I’ve had my moments of railing against what Cryptic has done, and hasn’t done. But I’ve always held hope that maybe, somehow, someway, it would pull through to be that awesome Trek MMO we’ve all been wanting.

    The more I see though, the more I have my doubts its in the cards. I kept watching STOked, and Priority One, and others hoping that something would actually make me want to play. Some bit of good news I missed. 

    But with even STOked jumping ship? It feels like STO stuck an iceberg in 2011 and was foundering, now with this, the ship may be breaking up. 
    Going to miss the show man.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks :) I know the show means a lot to you guys. I’m planning to do a few live game play events on Saturday from time to time during the normal STOked time slot. 

    Stop by, and check in!
    -Chris

  9. Scott Wears Says:

    good to hear your right though passion needs to be in the things we do or their not worth doing

  10. Doug3575 Says:

    Not happy!

  11. Mark Gill Says:

    Hi, I’ve not posted before, but just wanted to take a moment to say a massive thank you for all your work on STOKed, Chris (and Jeremy for that matter).  I picked up STOked around the end of season three, just after I’d upgraded to a PC capable of playing STO, and have loved it.  It’s been a regular part of my Tuesday routine to watch or listen to the show and I’ve loved it.  Thanks for all your passion, fun, and commitment.  I must admit, after watching your SWTOR In Depth Look I did wonder how much longer STOked would (and could) last, and I must admit your views on the future of STO echo mine.  I’m seriously looking at jumping into SWTOR and if you do start a SWTOR podcast as someone mentioned below, I’ll definitely be watching it.  Thanks again for everything on STOked, Chris.  Take care!

  12. mitja_i Says:

    Thank you Chris and Jeremy! LOVE THIS SHOW!  I REALLY hope you come back.

  13. tscho Says:

    Hi! I am sorry to hear that you put the show on hold as i have been always looking forward to new shows on tuesdays for the last two years. Thank your for the great shows!

  14. nynik Says:

    Thanks Chris and Jeremy and the others involved in Jupiter Broadcasting (panelists and researchers). It has always been a pleasure to tune in since the very start. The show has had great production values over the 109 episodes and I will miss it greatly.

  15. Hendrik Gerritzen Says:

    I can’t say I’m happy about this motion but if I were in your situation and had a lot more intrest in SWTOR I’d likely do exactly the same thing + I somewhat saw this comming as you seemed to be a lot happier when you did the CNN-alpha Show Saturday. Guess I’m going to watch that and see if I#m going to play that myself sometime in the future.

  16. Benjamin Hanert Says:

    SWTOR… crap… i just dont like this crappy WoW like non Dynamic Battlesystem….
    I will miss STOked!

  17. Leprech Says:

    A few things …
    I haven’t seen STO this busy since launch. I came back for season 5 after a long break, and have seen many many people on my friends list in-game do the same. I know 2 others that are waiting for ftp on the 17th.
    How does the Breen Set stack up to the other sets, Silverwing?
    I may have taken breaks from STO, but I’ve never taken a break from STOked. Even through the lean months, I never missed an episode.
    Taking a break from the show, does NOT mean the end of it.
    Thank you Chris, Jeremy, and all the contributors over the years, I’ve spent almost as many hours with you guys as I have with my family!
    I still haven’t forgiven Irish for stealing my online persona!
    I’ll miss STOked. Thank you again for an amazing show from one of the coolest garages in the world!

  18. TimJ Says:

    Hey dude, we love this show its our one last weekly star trek event that I personaly look forward too! So please get ya mojo back as soon as possible…

  19. Jonathan Heslop Says:

    Aaaaaa, Stoked will be back :) Chris, maybe you could alternate weekly between stoked and CNN?

  20. Jacobwhitaker Says:

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Primelion Says:

    This is the most professional podcast about STO hands down. 

    I am sure that the new Star Wars game, content drought and uncertain plans for the future of STO have added up to bum you out and maybe sapped your energy for the show (plus your partner leaving for a new job has not helped).  I know you don’t think the future of STO is bright but your podcast has shaped the game and made it better.

    I think you are putting things on hold at the worst possible time.  You will have events and content to cover for the next few months. 

    Don’t leave the party early you are helping the games destruction.  We need your coverage of events, both good and bad.

    I have listened since you were featured on the STO website way back at the beginning and I think pulling the plug right now is a mistake.  Please reconsider. 

  22. Patrick Gerard Says:

    Chris, I realize things apparently got heated Saturday. I was late dropping by and mainly around for the TOR show. I spent all weekend posting very similar thoughts on the forums. I think STO has a great foundation and could be a great game but it has to be based around being a vehicle for delivering mission content and story updates.

    As I said elsewhere, my concern with a Foundry focus is that you won’t attract authors; most of them have moved on to TOR or are moonlighting with an emphasis on TOR, going by what I see in the StarbaseUGC chats. Good authors value story and flock to games that prioritize story. It’s like trying to recruit volunteer bartenders at a bar with no liquor license and no bar.

    I would really, really like to talk to you, not just about STO but about a couple of other things too. I value your thoughts and your enthusiasm. I wish you the best… and hope you’ve found time for Christmas by now.

  23. Paul Says:

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    Please don’t go…. Please don’t go…. Please don’t go…….

    Always look forward to the show, hope you can find a way to continue it in some way that works for you.

  24. Richard Joy Says:

    Cheers for all the great work but come on, STOked on hiatus, its pretty damned early for an april fools joke aint it? Who else gives us so much info…no one, we need you.

  25. @Zarrax Says:

    Whilst I understand the decision and support it, I still will miss the show UNTIL it returns, then I won’t miss since it will be on.

    I got into the Jupiter Force fleet and the forum community after watching STOked and have never looked back.  I will be watching when I can (due to wierd shift patterns) whenever there is a live gameplay event, and probably attending it I can.

    Keep the STO alive

  26. V_Silverwings Says:

    I had my hands full with the new sets compared to the Borg and Aegis as they were getting the most changes in balancing and although I say ‘STF’ sets it may have been more correct to say endgame.  I’ll be adding Breen to the googledoc I made soon though really the Breen is a set I’ve not warmed to seeing it more as a set I’d use in particular scenarios like vs Breen and thus not very useful.  Still I’ll be putting the Breen set on the googledoc shortly https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmBkmWHPw0WBdG1Yd1RJckFhMG92YkdQUUZsWDVJYVE&hl=en_US.

  27. George McP Says:

    Sad to see STOked go away, but fingers crossed that Cryptic pull the proverbial finger out and drive you back with so much renewed passion for another 100+ episodes.

  28. Phoenix Bondi Says:

    First time posting big time listener, been around since the beta hit :( such a shame to see you guys stopping for now, hope beyond hope u come back, as i host some pod cast’s and am a model maker for bridge commander and legacy i know what it can be like with repitation :( hope all goes well 

  29. Eric Beyer Says:

    Dear STOked crew (especially Chris),

    I truly appreciate all of the work you have put into the show over the years(!).  Your enthusiasm and energy have been contagious and the material you have presented have added to my enjoyment of the game.  More than that, though, is the community you have built – Jupiter Force and the hundreds of people who watch you in the live stream every week.  I will miss all of these things.

  30. Hugablysoft Says:

    Well i guess i am compleatly done with jupiter brodcasting now you have done nothing but cancel shows i personaly enjoy which is why i pulled my finacial support was hopeing yu get better but ya have gotten worse in my opionon and i realy hate that cause i realy enjoyed the show for a long time and jupiter brodcasting. hopw you the best but you cant keep canceling shows and keeping viewers.

  31. Chenry74 Says:

    I am really upset that the show has ended for now. My passion for the game has also decreased with all the the bad things that happened last year.

  32. MFischer Says:

    Just wanted to comment that I’ve always enjoyed the show, but really enjoyed the rapport you and Jeremy had up through episode 100.  Episode 108 was a great throwback to that.  Hopefully you can come back to a format of the show similar to that with a consistent co-host.

    I can certainly understand putting the show on hiatus, but I hope you come back.  Like you, I have been eagerly awaiting new featured episodes for almost a year.  Foundry is nice enough but at its best it is (good) fan fiction that doesn’t have impact on the ongoing canon.

    Is the game better from a systems point of view than it was at release?  Absolutely.  However, I was willing to play the game when the systems were much worse because I wanted Star Trek content.   I would absolutely love to play featured episodes style content on a weekly basis and would love to support monetarily a company that was dedicated to that goal. 

  33. Anonymous Says:

    As for the break, like they all said, i will miss the show.

    As to the poll, due to getting into TOR fresh. Right now i just do the doff once or twice during the m-f and add the academy exams on the weekend. I will still be doing fleet stuff in the game. I also intend to do the stf’s for the new mk xii gear.

    By the way, why did you guys not discuss the Breen set, or did it go away and i missed hearing about it.

  34. Jsmith Says:

    STOked was the show that brought me to Jupiter Broadcasting and all its other shows.  While I will miss STOked I do look forwrd to the new SWTOR show.  I too have lost the fire for STO over the last year, and everything that Bioware offered in SWTOR has grabbed my attention and my time, where Cryptic has been losing me with their delays, change in direction, and lack of a clear future.  It’s just really sad to see STO go from what they were this time last year to where it is now.

  35. cebear Says:

    There is a lot of new things coming out to cover as Stephen D’Angelo has stated they plan to release something new almost every week. Maybe a monthly show or twice a month would be enough to cover new content. I will miss this show as it was very much needed for information on the game. This show is what brought me to Jupiter Broadcasting and although the others show are good, Stoked is the flagship show!!!

  36. Cebear Says:

    There is a lot of new things coming out to cover as Stephen D’Angelo has
    stated they plan to release something new almost every week. Maybe a
    monthly show or twice a month would be enough to cover new content. I
    will miss this show as it was very much needed for information on the
    game. This show is what brought me to Jupiter Broadcasting and although
    the other shows are good, Stoked is the flagship show!!!

  37. piwright42 Says:

    “…and we’ll see you next week!”

    No you wont. :(

  38. AGNT009 Says:

    Well, thats it folks. GAME OVER. When Chris essentially kills off STOked, thats it. I think Chris knows something (from his inside source) Ive strongly suspected. Officially PW has given up on STO, and told Cryptic to focus on Neverwinter, and to milk out whatever dollars they can from the new F2P suckers who think this game will thrive when in reality, its dying a quick death as Cryptic has been told to let it die. JJ Trek is all we have left, and I have a feeling the fans wont like the rehashed story JJ likely has planned for JJ Trek 2. The franchise is offically dying. Wont be long now. We’ll never see another Trek MMO. Thank you Cryptic for taking the best sci fi IP and running it into the ground. Thank you Chris for STOked while it lasted, it was a good run. Like someone said before, Im done with Jupiter Broadcasting as well, STOked was all I really cared about. I hate you Cryptic.  ::Yosemite Sam style cursing::
     

  39. GeeMan Says:

    Thanks Chris for all your hard worked. Although I didn’t
    agree with every thing you said, I did enjoy every show I saw.

     

    Although I’m currently doing the STF’s to get the gear, the
    grind can get very boring. I do agree with you, Cryptic need to get more content.
    If they get 3 featured episodes a year that’s still only 1 every 4 months. I
    was hoping 1 featured episodes/story a month, a new part every Saturday. If
    they don’t have enough writers get rid of some of the other staff.

     

    Cryptic has wasted so much time and money on stupid UI and
    skill change that has not improved the game at all. They could spend all their
    money on making the game look slick but with out content what is the point?
    Look at the game “The Sims.” It wasn’t the best looking game in the world, but
    EA was able sell so many add-ons to the game, and at a premium rate.

     

    SW:TOR greatest advantage over STO is its maps.
    They are huge. Defra invasion zone, looks tiny in comparison. The loading time
    for SW:TOR was much faster than STO and I would bet with F2P STO’s loading
    times will be getting worse.

     

    I become disheartened with STO some months ago. I try to
    play STO every day, not before I enjoy it, I’m just scared that if I leave
    there will be no reason to come back.

     

    I will still enjoy watching your other shows, even a SW:TOR.

  40. RoamingMutt Says:

    Your listeners will be waiting for you to come back!

  41. FCapt Kmton Says:

    How about this, Chris.  You can act as producer and let the Jupiter Force guest host the show via skype.  It won’t be as good, but it’ll still be a show and when you regain your”passion”, you can come back as show host. This way we all win, we have a show and you don’t totally lose the audience.

  42. Ronald Says:

    It’s been my experience that when a podcaster loses his passion for his subject the podcast never recovers.  I’m not willing to keep logging to Jupiter Broadcasting in hopes that someone will feel passionate enough to make a video.  STO is about to have a huge change with a wave of content and items, going on hiatis now is not a good sign.

    Chris, good luck and thanks for all the episodes, hope you find your passion again.  I’m just not going to hold my breath till you do.

  43. Hendrik Gerritzen Says:

    I went ahead and watched the episode again in full length and I have to say one thing: I am 100% confident that STOked will return for the coming featured episode. Chris was just so passionate about how he was bringing forward his hopes for that series that it really has to **** for STOked not to cover that.

  44. Dogriffo Says:

    super depressed! STOked has been apart of my Tuesday routine for a long time. I love the news you guys provide, the tips and tricks, and the reviews of game content. i hope you you return soon for EP:110. you help alot of people with their build and in game character skill traits, you and everyone else at Jupiter Force are a Godsend for those of us who are not to shabby with builds and the in depth part of the game. please come back soon

  45. Bjorn Baetens Says:

    Hate to say this but Jeremy made the shows great to watch, no matter what show it was! and STO yeah cancel that show, the game is gonna die soon anyways. mismanaged from the start if you ask me OR CBS was to greedy and made Cryptic do things that did not make much sens (like C-Store at  the start of the game). now the store make totally sens ofc, but still.
    and then there is the many bugs the game still has and if you see that cryptic is filling the c-store insted of bug busting. that said the game don’t feel much of an MMO but more of a Single player game with multiplayer options (Loading screens at every corner/zone). anyways as Life-timer i can play wen ever i want and i still hope STO will get better but i’m afraid that the game won’t make it that far :/

  46. Anonymous Says:

    I understand how much it sucks when you become accustom to a weekly show, and it stops. I think we’ve all been there with our favorite Star Trek sereis. 

    It’s a fact that weighs heavily on my mind, and I stay aware of.  I’m hopeful we’re not gone for long, and just keep checking back. You never know!

    -Chris

  47. Simon Campbell Says:

    StOked ending would happen eventually.  I generally blame Cryptic for failure of ST:O and the complete lack of content which means there is nothing new to comment on or build new programs around.  Best of luck to Chris and the team and it was fun while it lasted :).

  48. Darkpony50 Says:

    SWTOR did it!! , STO needs more voice over! and more missions.

  49. Darkpony50 Says:

    SWTOR did it!! , STO needs more voice over! and more missions.

  50. hatchery_ Says:

    Chris, first of all, thank you and everyone who worked with you for 109 great shows—I enjoyed every single one. STOked was my first Podcast ever and I was impressed with the professional appearance of the show. I am sad to see it discontinued for the time being.

    …and to be completely honest, I can’t say I did not see it coming. Your latest episodes were indeed less passionate than before. Ever since you made that—very passionate—announcement in STOked 104 about having fun in the game, I found that something is not going right. It felt like you let the other guys do the talking and just connect the show segments (exagerated!). Maybe it was just in my head. I guess I had hopes that you would never ever discontinue STOked as it is one of your most successful shows (is it not?).

    But everything has ups and downs and I totally understand the need for a break every now and then. Take it, use it wisely—and don’t develop any bad conscience. Maybe you will find what you need very soon. I hope you do and wish you all the best. Have fun!

    What will happen to your fleet, the Jupiter Force?

    BTW, any Germans with a passion for video production around who wish to create a German version of STOked? ;-)

  51. hatchery_ Says:

    Chris, first of all, thank you and everyone who worked with you for 109 great shows—I enjoyed every single one. STOked was my first Podcast ever and I was impressed with the professional appearance of the show. I am sad to see it discontinued for the time being.

    …and to be completely honest, I can’t say I did not see it coming. Your latest episodes were indeed less passionate than before. Ever since you made that—very passionate—announcement in STOked 104 about having fun in the game, I found that something is not going right. It felt like you let the other guys do the talking and just connect the show segments (exagerated!). Maybe it was just in my head. I guess I had hopes that you would never ever discontinue STOked as it is one of your most successful shows (is it not?).

    But everything has ups and downs and I totally understand the need for a break every now and then. Take it, use it wisely—and don’t develop any bad conscience. Maybe you will find what you need very soon. I hope you do and wish you all the best. Have fun!

    What will happen to your fleet, the Jupiter Force?

    BTW, any Germans with a passion for video production around who wish to create a German version of STOked? ;-)

  52. Husanak Says:

    Liked the Predictions… It would be very nice if the Cryptic guys where to realize they have a fantastic space combat system… and did something to support that. Instead of chasing a market they are going to fail in horribly. STO has one of the worst ground MMO systems of all time… and Cryptic is still trying too push that too the front of mind for their game. With skill revamps and engine redesigns ect. It seems the guys there all want too have some fantastic Wowish ground system they can use on a resume or something. Cryptic needs to understand they have one of the best MMO space combat engines going, and expand and support it. They need to push open PvP… and FOCUS it on space. I left STO for good a few months ago… I doubt I will be back, Cryptic has dropped the ball over and over… and fail to realize the strengths of their own product. I hope they come around and play too their strengths… many Trek Fanatics like myself would be back in a heartbeat. Honesty I have no faith that that will ever happen. RIP STO (At this point I really hope it dies a quick death so I can hope a more competent developer will pick the property up in a few years) 

  53. Husanak Says:

    Liked the Predictions… It would be very nice if the Cryptic guys where to realize they have a fantastic space combat system… and did something to support that. Instead of chasing a market they are going to fail in horribly. STO has one of the worst ground MMO systems of all time… and Cryptic is still trying too push that too the front of mind for their game. With skill revamps and engine redesigns ect. It seems the guys there all want too have some fantastic Wowish ground system they can use on a resume or something. Cryptic needs to understand they have one of the best MMO space combat engines going, and expand and support it. They need to push open PvP… and FOCUS it on space. I left STO for good a few months ago… I doubt I will be back, Cryptic has dropped the ball over and over… and fail to realize the strengths of their own product. I hope they come around and play too their strengths… many Trek Fanatics like myself would be back in a heartbeat. Honesty I have no faith that that will ever happen. RIP STO (At this point I really hope it dies a quick death so I can hope a more competent developer will pick the property up in a few years) 

  54. Dcohendmd Says:

    Not happy :-( need my weekly dose of Chris and crew!

  55. BluesPwr1009 Says:

    Chris, I just finished watching this episode and I have to say that I am not exactly clear as to your reasons for “ending” the show now before F2P goes live.  I for many, will miss the show becuase it was truly the greatest STO podcast and also because it has helped a great deal with the content drought.  I had somewhere to go for news and a truly enjoyable experience.  I grant you that we have been in a true content drought for awhile, but we don’t know what the future will hold for STO and we have never known.  Having been a long-time Star Trek fan and this game being the only real new Star Trek content I have had in awhile, I am still as passionate about it as I was when I started playing it.  I find myself watching all of the episodes and movies all over again to remember some of the references, and I enjoy the game even more.  Yes it is disappointing waiting for something new for so long, but Star Trek is something that will endure for all who love it…and I think that means that STO will hang in there as well and get better.  Maybe you need a break and I get that, but there is always something new to cover and news every week.  Why wait until after F2P and see?  All the posts here should show you how much we loved the show.  And I don’t care how many SWTOR fans there are out there…STO will always be the best to me, regardless of all its detractors…Whatever happens, Good Luck and I hope I will see you back with Episode 110 of STOked, really soon!

  56. Armsman Says:

    Interesting turn of events. Now after playing ANOTHER MMO – Chris understands WHY many MMO vets saw STO in a certain light; and thought SToked did more ‘glossing over’ of what many considered major issues with STO.
     
    Interesting thing though is – HAD Chris played WoW for a number of years prior to trying SWToR; I really have to wonder if he’d see SWToR in such a positive light; BUT, it also goes to show WHY WoW’s design was so successful too. But, it’s interesting to see how playing another more poliished and complete MMO really took the wind out of Chris’ enthusiasm for STO (enough to make him stop STOKed for a time, permamnent of not) – and become a contributor to/for a SWToR podcast now.
     
    IMO – This final STOKed was the most professional one done where it was upfront, brutally honest, and actually STILL overall supportive of the game. This was something I wish STOKed had done more often during it’s run (and some may say ‘it did’ – but I’ve oretty much watched since it was a 3 man show; and IMO, it didn’t do shows like #109 often enough.  Interesting hing though (as I too play bothe games as many from my WoW Guild – who I’ve been playing MMOs with since EQ in 1999) have decided to go SWToR a go – and are liking it BECAUSE it’s rather similar in play to WoW – so, while I too enjoy the game (and it may be wierd to say tyhis but even with SWToR being more polished – having more VO, etc. Gameplay and mechanics wise I still enjoy elements of STO more – from Space Comabt to the Foundry (creating and playing) to the Doff system, et al.) – the main draw for me in SWToR is playing with my 10 year+ friends in an MMO.
     
    All that said, things aren’t all that rosey for SWToR – Customer support is atroscioius (and I speak from both personal experience as I already had an account issue – and we have a few Guildmates with CS tickets going on 10 days old – after receivibng the dreaded canned ‘protocal droid’ response – giving more info, and then receving no further replies OR have the ticked show as ‘closed/resolved’ when that wasn’t the case.  And overall, I have to say many other seasoned MMOers (who’ve played WoW) are saying up front that since by the end of their free month they’ll have multiple 50ies – they will not stay subbed; and won’t return until there’s more to do in SWToR – and with EA expecting 1 million+ sub retention for the game to be their definition of ‘success’ – it’ll be interesting tio see if SWToR peaks early – and sees a sharp sub drop off – and where overall retention stabilizes.  SWToR could indeed be like WoW and grow beyond it’s launch day numbers; but as the MMO market and overall world economy is much different then in 2004 – 2005 (when WoW started to see a large upswing in sub retention) – I personally don’t see that happening unless EA/BioWare has a big trick up their sleves.
     
    Either way – 2012 promises to be an interestying year for BOTH STO and SWToR as MMOs and I don’t think either one’s survival is guarenteed.  They could both see an upswing, a dropoff; be put into ‘maintenece mode’ or shutdown (and before you think it’s utterly impossible with SWToR – YOu may want to look at how quickly EA pulls out of games it sees as underperforming, and cost rarely enters into it – years ago, they killed Ultima Online 2 (a 3D MMO designed to compete directly with EQ – and was based in the world of UO) 2 weeks before it was to start public closed beta – invites had gone out. Reason – marketing determined it would probably unddercut UO as well and EVEN WITH all the development money spent – EA figured in the long run, they’d do better just having UO.)
     
    Anyway, IF STOKed returns, I hope it’s more in the reporting/commentary style that we saw in # 109.  It was a good show to go out on if this is indeed the last STOKed.

  57. Borg3of5@borg3of5 Says:

    yea i kinda felt the heart got sucked out of STOKed when Jman left the team Chirs . See you on line Borg3of5@borg3of5 

  58. Ethan Goddard Says:

    :'( very sad to hear this Chris. Along with others I feel that STOked is like a part of Star Trek Online and I always look forward to my Tuesdays in between my college classes when I can watch your show. Please re-consider carefully. I would even enjoy if you got another co-host to help re-enthuse you. There’s big changes coming and I’ll be lost without STOked!!!

  59. CaptainElliott Says:

    Wow, first Jupiter@nite now STOked. Those were my two shows that I watched on jupiterbroadcasting. STOked was my only connection to the game because my main computer crashed and the temp I have won’t play the game correctly. I will still check out other things on jupiterbroadcasting, but I don’t think that they will hold attention as well as STOked. This was the biggest podcast on STO, and It will be missed.
    Anyway, Goodluck with the other shows, I hope that you regain the passion of Star Trek and bring the podcast back. Thanks for the fun times.

  60. Munro Says:

    Stoked brought me to jupiter broadcasting, i like the LAS and few of the other ones. SO do what feels right. 

    I did the same thing to Hardcoregamer.ca when Sony pulled the NGE. 

    Might I suggest a TOR podcast? 

  61. Matt@TFR_MACO_Specialist Says:

    Chris I understand your frustration and this is disappointing news. As a regular UK viewer  I look to Stoked as far more than “loosely connected” to STO and thoroughly enjoy your passion and enthusiasm for the game I love. However from a business perspective this makes no sense IMO. I run my own business too, I convert old cine films to modern formats and when the BBC covers a story like this, especially if we have been involved with the show, our orders soar. STO is about to enter a period of massive player base expansion. 
    All these new players will be pointed towards Stoked and Stowiki as excellent knowledge bases for the game, especially as the long term players will soon become fed up of answering questions like where is the Admiral’s office LOL. Anyway, out of the tens of thousands of new players many will come to view your show, many will subscribe and donate etc. Leaving at this time makes little business sense to me unless you have more lucrative opportunities elsewhere. 

    Don’t let your passion and emotions rule your business mind. I hope you reconsider your position but whatever you do I wish you well and thanks you for making such thoroughly enjoyable content.

  62. Anonymous Says:

    I hear you, and I’ve thought a lot about this. But I realized that my predictions really have more to do about core issues that I feel Cryptic is struggling with, and if they are not addressed, the situation will only improve so much.

    I want this show to be high energy, and dynamic that is driven by our passion for the game. Right now, there is just nothing for me to draw from at that level.

    The show needs high-octane gas to live on, and all we have right now is mid-grade fumes.

    This post that Irish wrote up helps cover some of the background: http://forums.startrekonline.com/showpost.php?p=3941351&postcount=105

    We’re not closing the door yet, I’m going to give things some time and see where everything ends up. 

    Thanks for watching, and understanding,
    -Chris

  63. Dhkenny2001 Says:

    chris im pretty sad about this  my system  went down last week psu went and  took my gpu with it and i went thro all my pc parts i had laying around  just so i could at-least  watch stoked  i really hope u guys come back  cause u guys are were i get my ideas for builds and what i want to see in the game and lets face it cryptic  lessens to u guys about your ideas and if u guys go that will hurt sto in a big way hell if it wasnt for most of your guys ideas sto would have prolly  been dead already

  64. Krister Holmberg Says:

    Thanks for all the hard work you put into the show!

    Ok back to swtor aagain for me. Hope we see a new great show from you soon!

  65. Anonymous Says:

    No worries Chris I lost my passion for the game and have moved on. The big mistake cryptic made was spending too much time with graphical changes and new ships when they should have been concentrating on content output. Then on top of it they changed the entire skill tree and only gave existing players one free respect, I mean Christ it took me at least five times the first time around with the old skill tree to figure it all out. Try modern Warfare 3 dude its awesome I play it on 360 but I hear the PC version is cool too. I also plan on hitting up Stars Wars after I give them a few months to work out the launch bugs.

  66. WereWolf359 Says:

    This is terrible news.  I’m in an RP fleet and content is not even our main focus, but the absolute lack of content is killing interest everywhere.  I actually depended on STOked for my content fix, to talk about the game and the stuff that was in it that maybe I hadn’t discovered.  It makes me less and less certain that I need to stick in the game…Once I get my 2 year reward, I think I may take time away.

  67. Juptown74 Says:

    You’re a quitter, Chris!  Plain and simple.  You’re supposed to be such an irreverent cheerleader for the STO community, but you up & pull-out, just when we need you & this forum the very most.  Yes, I agree with most every point you make, but you’re lack of passion at the moment, doesn’t ring true for all of us.  I might be an eternal optimist, so I’ll close with my deepest gratitude for all your hard work – giving us your time on the wkends, and everything you’ve put into the show, in hopes you’ll have some time to reflect & start anew with vigor & excitement in the coming wks.  

  68. Anonymous Says:

    Because Jupiter Broadcasting is Chris’s boss and they told him he was to do the new Star Wars Podcast. Look STO was great but there is no new content, after playing TOR and having Jupiter ask him to make the move it was probably an easy choice for him. STO has so many issues they are too numerous to count my post would be 5 paragraphs long so I won’t bore you. I’ll roll all those 5 paragraphs up into one word…. “Repetitive”. Simply put if there is nothing new happening there is no news, no news no STOked

  69. jam062307 Says:

    gotta say I’m a little bummed about the announcement but I’m not surprised.  Cryptic has repeatedly let us down, and enough is enough.  While I have definitely got my money’s worth with my beta lifer sub, I do regret giving my money to cryptic as they do not deserve it.  Maybe we’re wrong and things will get better, but this is beginning to sound like a broken record.  I do not think things will get better but will be more of the same, let down after let down.

  70. Fluffyville Says:

    It’s sad to see STOked disappear from the weekly schedule. Hopefully it’ll return in the fullness of time. I re-upped with a lifetime sub in part due to Chris and Jeremy’s enthusiasm for the game and of that shown by the newer additions to the team since Jeremy’s departure. Hopefully you’ll regain that passion and enthusiasm back again Chris.

  71. Youssef Says:

    Never posted here before, but this is a very sad day for me. I have been watching from the first show and i always appreciated the stuff you guys talked about. I am a huge star trek fan and i only wish the best for our game. Stoked was like a news channel for us. You told us about what to play, how to play. You even changed the game multiple times by beeing a spokesman for our community. With Stoked gone the chances are smaller for STO to become succesfull in 2012. 

    I want to thank you for all your time, money and energy spent. It was really like having a star trek (series) show on tuesdays.

    But I really want you to know that Star Trek fans need STO.
    and STO really needs STOKED to keep improving the game for the community.

    So this means that we (the fans and the community) really need you to reconsider. We need your news, advice, math and everything else you broadcast on the show. Don’t stop when things get though. I never saw that happen in any star trek movie or serie.
    This day is really worse then sad. It’s more like the year of hell part 1

  72. Mishu Says:

    Chris, this show has been great. I discovered you guys

  73. Mishu Says:

    Chris this show has been great. I discovered you guys about episode 70 and have watched every episode since. I love the show and hope you can find your passion for it again. You’ve been  very informative and I’ve learned a lot about the game I just didn’t know. I was watching the last live stream and could see your frustration and hope you can look past all the changes that have made you feel the need to take this break.

    Also I watch the pilot for CNN and thought it was great…. I just wish I had the money to play that game so I could take advantage of your new show as I have for STOked. I’m sure I speak to most of your followers here in the STOked community when I say, we hope you come back soon, and rediscover your love for STO.

  74. Stingray Says:

    Sorry to hear this is the last show, but not surprising. I left STO awhile back, No war, boring PvE and no crafting (for KDF) and crap one for the Feds (from what I hear).

    Like I pointed out on the STOed forrums, games need to have a strong PvP (faction v Faction neutral zone area) system in place (it gives the players entertained between content releases (and creating a faction that is PvP oriented something to do). Content cannot keep up with demand (especially the small scale and generally weak content STO put out). As you mentioned the Foundry could have helped greatly, but again Cryptic half assed it. I do agree STO has much better space combat than TOR (Im hoping TOR revamps and seriously upgrades the system they have now).

    I hope you do a TOR show. You seemed to have alot of passion for it in your review show (even though you wanted to hate it LOL). If your on Krayt Dragon server look me up “Stingray”.

    Stingray

  75. @Commander88 Says:

    1st, have to say thanks to yourself Chris, the J-Man, and the rest of the Jupiter Force team for the STOked webshow; made being a member of the STO “community” that much more valuable and interesting to me.

    I’d like to take a step back tho, and address some of the Chris/JF “bashing” here…as a creator of anything “artistic”, be it painting, writing, dancing, movies, etc. I think it takes some guts and cajones to realize when you may not be inspired, when you may be burnt out, when you might have writer’s block, or when you’ve run out of ideas.

    Look at the totality of Star Trek, and this would include the series’, movies, the novels, and everything that’s been labeled canon/soft canon or whatever you may call it. Can you honestly, if you look at it over time, say with 100% certainty that it is as good as it could be? That the energy/excitement/spark that first drew you in stand the test of time, across all the multiple forms of Trek?

    Realistically, and speaking for me, I feel as if over time Trek has been pushed at me as a way to mine my willing loyal fandom as if it were an ATM; “We put X out, now give us ur ca$h monie$ dork fan!”. While I may like this game, I don’t *love* it.
    I don’t think it’s picking over the bones of dead source material, but I can look a competitor game that I’ve played for 7-ish years, and feel more interest and passion for it than the game that’s based on a series I’ve been a fan of since the day I was born. A series that I think was driven into the ground (long before STO launched) by corporate greed, mismanagement, and over-saturation in the market.
    (And yes, TOR may have the GPL behind it, but you can say the same for the entire Star Wars franchise; it is the proverbial cash whale and has been worked over more than an Amish butter churn.)

    I’m listening to Chris talking right now: “The show can’t continue if there’s not a lot to cover.” and “If the game doesn’t do well in 2012, the show won’t do well in 2012.”

    I would rather have STOked go on hiatus until the game steps up to have something to cover. If there’s nothing there to talk about, how can Chris or anyone else put something together for us every week to keep us entertained, informed, and engaged? (So much of my job has been putting out content to the public that they could CARE LESS about…they just want their value prop end product, and they don’t care about the PMS color something was printed with, or the exclusions I wrangled with lawyers about, or how “clever” the copy is…they want the core value of the product, and if its buried in cruft, it’s going to turn them off.)

    If STO didn’t exist, there wouldn’t have been nearly 2 years of STOked; and I think it stands to reason that if there isn’t anything to TRULY get you to play (content, content, content) you’re grinding for C-store points/Dil, and at the end of the day you can do that in any game – this one just has a Star Trek wrapper on it.

    Hopefully, STOked will return to the air soon, because STO gives us reasons to be persistently engaged players again.

  76. Profeff Says:

    what will i be doing either playing star wars the old republic or holding a funeral for sto on ESD.

    sad sad day when i read about your demise of stoked chris i have been hear since episode 1 and no its over i gave up on sto months ago but i have still watched your show.

    for me the nail in the coffin was the other day when dangalo said 2 feature series a year , At that moment i knew star trek was dead.

    all the best if you do a swtor show ill watch it try it i imagine it will make you happy 

  77. AGNT009 Says:

    You know Chris, Im glad you made this choice. Why should you commit your weekends and time to be Cryptic’s free cheerleader? Dont come back for any little bit of excitement either. Dont come back unless they totally have their s#!& together for once. They dont deserve to have a show like yours keeping the fan energy going, and they never deserved you. Now they will have to put up or shut up, and win the fan sentiment back themselves. As Jeremy once said, vote with your wallets. Well, you my friend just voted with your whole show. If this doesnt wake them up to the reality of their piss poor management style of STO, nothing will. Enjoy your weekends with your children. Unless you are giving your Saturdays to Star Wars now, for which Id say, SW isnt worth it either, lol. If STOked is gone, no, I wont watch JB, theres nothing here for me now, after STOKed and Jupiter@Nite stopped. But Live Long and Prosper my friend.

  78. Mojo Says:

    I ran a Star Trek MMO at University of Guelph that ran longer than the actual shows, and that they STILL talk about today, 23 years later.  I would LOVE to see the Foundry take center stage (I once suggested it as Admiral content), and I would love to make extensive use of it, but it’s just so limited in so many ways.  If they can give us more detailed tools to make branching dialog, better mapmaking abilities, more AI options and so on, then I might come back to the game.  Unfortunately, I have no confidence in Cryptic anymore.  I suppose we’ll see what happens.

  79. Anonymous Says:

    Really sorry to see the show go on indefinite pause.

    I happened across STOked before the game hit beta and have
    watched it ever since – along with a few of your other offerings (“beer is
    tasty” was hilarious!).  Way back in the
    early days I seem to remember watching a video of Jeremy playing STO during the
    beta when you first got access – yes, at the point you realise you’re watching
    a video of someone playing a game – but can’t see the game due to NDA, you
    realise you’re a fan of the show =P

    When the fleet I was in burned out after a few months
    (a-typical “race to end game then complain there is nothing there” syndrome)
    and my online buds stopped playing, STOked kept me interested in STO and even
    when not playing week in week out, made me still feel part of the STO community
    and fairly clued-up on the state of the game – to the extent that I was never “lost”
    when rejoining the game again (as can so often happen when a game is expanded
    upon heavily after release).

    I fully agree that the Forge (ideally with Cryptic taking a
    greater focus on expanding the toolset) can help to mask the ongoing content
    drought, however the Forge is only a thin veneer – STO needs content which the
    community alone does not have the tools to provide.

    Enthusiasm can’t be maintained eternally for an MMO when
    quality content isn’t being produced.  I
    don’t believe any MMO has run into subscription difficulties due to having too
    much content and whilst the recent additions and tweaks are superb (I really
    like the DOF system along with the skill tree overhaul), a lack of solid, professionally
    coded trek-mission content as opposed to tweaks and minigames has been hurting
    STO for a long time.

    STOked was/is a massive asset to the STO community and a
    great ambassador for the game.  I
    sincerely hope Cryptic are able to refocus on applying content in STO after the
    F2P beds down to make the time investment in STOked viable for you once more,
    but if they aren’t, I’ll happily continue to watch some of the other content on
    JB.

    Thanks so much for STOked guys – hope to see it return =)

  80. hatchery_ Says:

    In “All Good Things”, the Future Enterprise travels at Warp 13 because of its cloak. I believe (though it’s mentioned nowhere) that the cloak is actually similar to the one they recovered in the Pegasus episode. The device allows them to fly through matter, thus they don’t have to fly around stars or dangerous nebulae and save time, which they translated into “Warp 13”. Funny theory, huh? ;-)

  81. Richard Hollett Says:

    I completely agree chris, nothing has really been going on with the game now fora while.Once i reached my max level and played all the missions and weekly episodes i stopped playing. I have been waiting so long for some new missions or content i got fed up and stopped playing.I dont think i have plyed the game for over as year now and im a Life time Subscriber.

  82. Richard Hollett Says:

    I completely agree chris, nothing has really been going on with the game now fora while.Once i reached my max level and played all the missions and weekly episodes i stopped playing. I have been waiting so long for some new missions or content i got fed up and stopped playing.I dont think i have plyed the game for over as year now and im a Life time Subscriber.

  83. Anonymous Says:

    Other, I abandoned ship in November.  It’s a shame that stoked is closing but it’s confirmation that this is a dead game.

  84. Anonymous Says:

    My theory is they made transwarp finally work.  Warp 1-9 are normal factors, warp 10+ are transwarp factors.

  85. Erik Says:

    fucking tor

  86. Sasmike Says:

    I think that it is very sad that you have put the show on hold or stop it. i have seen all your shows and love it. the good points and bad points you have coverd are what we  need to keep ues all thinking, i Hope u come back as soon as poss. i think that Chris might of got cold feet and you shuld come back and carry on doing the show. If u stop the show it will damage the stoked communaty so this will add damage to the sto communaty. you are the best way for ppl tp have ther say and we need you so get off over youe hangover and come back pleas.  .

     thank you Hulk.

  87. Stormy Says:

    The demise of STOked comes as no surprise to me. The true force behind the show was Jeremy, and Chris was always his able-bodied sidekick. Just as Robin would not survive without Batman, it was only a matter of time before Chris pulled the plug due to lack of motivation. The only way this show will ever return is if Jupiter Force finds another front man and returns Chris to a position he feels comfortable with, and that is co-host.

  88. Earthcrusher Says:

    Simply put (for me)…the game is boring…I am totally willing to pay but will not continue to buy anything until I have some new content.

  89. Joel Thornton Says:

    Really sorry to hear about the show going off-air Chris, but I can completely understand why you think its necessary. You’ve done a great job hosting it without the J Man – but you’re definitely right, your enthusiasm and energy seems to have drained particularly in this episode. I share your frustrations with the game and wish you all the best in the future. Happy gaming!

  90. D.STEEL Says:

    <—D.STEEL here,
    NO! Please don't stop the show!
    This has nothing to do with ToR does it, Chris?
    I have watched every episode since before it was a pod cast and just audio, and it is now apart of my life now. Jupiter Broadcasting, and all their shows have become part of my daily routine. But it is all because STOked. I like the ideas of fans or Jupiter Force making the show and you produce it, anything to keep STOked active and living till get you gain a passion for the show and STO again.

    I cannot believe it, really.
    I was shocked when Jeremy said he was leaving, but happy for his accomplishments and his new job. Now I am stunned beyond belief. I just don't want to accept STOked will be no more. I love the show and will always support JB, just don't tell me there will never be a STOked.

    C'mon ChrisLAS, C'mon.

  91. tbarlow Says:

    That Sux Man but I understand I Hope STOked comes back soon I enjoyed watching it some ppl here have some good thoughts as well maybe I can get ur ingame handle and I can friend U in game Take care man and I hope U get ur “passion” for the game back soon

  92. JJohnson Says:

    I’ve kind of expected this for awhile – STO’s just been crawling* for over a year now; and between that and the frustrating emphasis on the C-Store in the same timespan… it doesn’t matter how much you like Cryptic, Star Trek, or even the way the game plays – you just eventually run out of stuff to do and to talk about and to feel passionate about. 

    I gave up months ago, but even despite that I’d *like* to come back to the game someday.  It’s, imo, a great game, and I feel like what’s really holding it back isn’t the devs, but the high level marketing stuff.

    Anyway, Chris, I’ve been watching this show since the start, first time I’ve ever commented.  I just wanted you to know it’s been a great and informative show and I’ve enjoyed it immensely.  I hope both that it comes back… and more importantly that STO is worth coming back to at some point.

    Good luck with the rest of Jupiter Broadcasting.  I hope I’ll still have SciByte to listen to while I sketch.

    *In terms of content.

  93. Skyranger14 Says:

    It feel like Cryptic has no passion, like its not HUNGRY for their games to succed. I have a LTS for both CO and STO and it really feels like Cryptic is more interested in creating new systems (Nemesis, HIdeouts, and Unity are CO examples, and Foundry for STO) that are then essentially abandoned.

    Compare that to the Archeology Profession in WoW, recently introduced. Does anyone, even for a monent, actually believe Blizzard will leave it untouched as WoW grows? Of course not, its going to grow along with WoW.

    Why are they developping new systems instead of simply growing existing systems in their games? It really speaks to them trying to find “the magic bullet” that will instatnly give them a competitive edge other games can’t compete with…. when they should be putting all their efforts in “growing” their games. They must really be expecting NWN to be tehir Golden Goose, and for all the amazing things it might have, will anyone invest time or money in another Cryptic product?

    But hey, getting involved with Cryptic wasn’t a total loss, it helped me discover Jupiter Broadcasting and now I watch (or listen to) all their shows. Who knows? When I get a second box i might even have it run Linux….

  94. Skyranger14 Says:

    If its like CO, it’ll be some minor item or sale…. the only things worth discussing are the few weekly missions (comic series or Featured Episodes) and costume sets.. or were at least, its begining to look like CO will release the bulk of future costume sets thru Grab Bags….

  95. Anonymous Says:

    I’m not really sure where you got this.

    This show was created by me, financed by me personally, and I have spent a considerable amount of my time keeping it going. 

    Not only that, but I introduce every show, every segment, and wrap the show every single week. I think you need to re-watch the show.
    -Chris

  96. Peregrine_Falcon Says:

    Thank you for all of the fun, informative and entertaining shows Chris! I’m really going to miss STOked.

    I’m really looking forward to your upcoming TOR podcast!

  97. hatchery_ Says:

    A small addition regarding the Hyper-Impulse engines in the sets (like Aegis and Omega): Excessive testing has shown that all Hyper-Impulse engines begin to perform better than all others at an engine power level of 44 or above (pre S5, but should still be accurate). See the forum for detailed info on how your energy levels affect your speed.

    Also, I find it interesting to note that the Omega Engine appears to have two innate [Spd] modifiers (thus making it the fastest sub Full Impulse engine). This is unique, no other engine has two [Spd] suffixes. Any engine of the same Mk with at least one [Full] suffix is still faster though at Full Impulse. Keep this in mind when you equip your shuttle for the next race ;-)

  98. Caden Says:

    Dear Chris
                   NOOOO I have been watching this show from day one I love this show… Dont give up STO will be a great game all in good time I know its easier said then done but it will be a great game.

  99. Divvur Says:

    Sad to see the show go, but I am sure it will be back in the future. I think a lot of things have come in a relatively short space of time, Jeremy leaving, The Old Republic, Chris taking up podcasting full time. I imagine the whole process is slightly less fun without having someone physically there to produce the show with (although having Jeremy on the Cryptic team is a huge plus for fans of the game). 

    Personally, I have been playing TOR since launch and have in fact only logged in to STO once since then. However, I still found time to check for STOked every Tuesday and would continue to do so were it still running. I am looking forward to the new TOR show that has been mentioned and I am sure I shall be getting back into STO to enjoy new stuff as and when it is released. But I agree, the game needs CONTENT, it needs an ongoing storyline, new adventures for players to enjoy. I have a ship, I have a crew, so having 15 new ship types on the C-store doesn’t interest me as much as a featured episode series would do.

    As for Jupiter broadcasting, my two favourite shows are now out of production (STOked and MMOrgue) but a TOR show will hopefully bring a lot more people. I hope in the long term that after the initial rush of TOR ends(we have got 5 years on centent all at once), and instead we get steady content releases for the game, STOked will make a return and people can play both games, be a fan of both games, and enjoy watching Jupiter Broadcasting to get their fix of news for both.

  100. Kyle Says:

    I bought STO in anticipation of the free-to-play period and started playing early.

    I love this game, and have grown a passion for it similar to the one you exhibit. It’s sad to see your program taking a hiatus at a time when me, as a new player and Trekkie, am just beginning to absorb and seek information on this game.

    The wiki articles seem outdated and the forums aren’t set up in a very user-friendly manner. The sub-Reddit for STO (on Reddit.com) is underpopulated and your show is a great and powerful source of current news.

    The first episode of your show that I’m watching is 109, but you can be guaranteed that I will listen to the previous ones. You have a visible enthusiasm for Star Trek, this game, and your program, and I would encourage you to pick up the mantle again if possible in the future. I’ll be one of your first subscribers.

  101. Anonymous Says:

    Hi there. Just wanted to say I’m sorry to see the hiatus but I’m not remotely surprised and think you’ve made the right decision. Funnily enough, I’ve decided to give the game itself a rest too. Frankly, I’m bored by it and think it is a miracle you managed to run a show on the dross Cryptic have been churning out.

    As for STOked,I think it is fair to say you guys ran out of ammo by episode 80. I certainly don’t feel that was your fault, STO just haven’t given you enough content to go on.
    I loved your earlier shows, especially with the great segments on torpedoes, phasers, ground tactics etc. This was really useful and made the game much more understandable. Since then however, long term players have figured it all out so the tutorial aspect of the show wasn’t as necessary leaving you to find filler. I’d rather remember your show for what it was, rather than what it has become of late.

    Taking time out can’t have been an easy decision to make and Jeremy leaving must have been a difficult blow on more than one level. You did well to put a brave face on, but I’m glad you’ve seen that your couldn’t maintain this on webcam chats alone: lets’s face it, being an engaging broadcaster is a lot harder than people think, and having your mates droning on to a webcam with the endless lists of gripes was never going to sustain things.

    Chin up mate, you’ve achieved something great here. I don’t doubt you will go on to do awesome  things. X

  102. Wesmagyar Says:

    I wont play anymore as F2P always ruins games for me. 

  103. hatchery_ Says:

    Oh, I messed up the Mk levels. The Omega has only one [Spd] suffix. I was comparing a Mk X and a Mk XI engine. So, Aegis and Omega have one innate [Spd] suffix.

  104. Anonymous Says:

    Can you give me a link to the new show I can’t find it

  105. Paul Says:

    I did the pre-order of STO from playing beta and also purchased lifetime sub. When the game launched it had a very obvious unfinished feel to it so I decided to leave it for a bit. When I read about updates coming gradually changed the game and the missions I kept deciding to hold off playing STO. I’ve had a couple of goes at it over the time but last year was as others describe the ‘year of hell’ for the game.

    I was getting more excited earlier in the year for the suggestion that there would be weekly episodes and decided that would be the time that I would jump in and start playing… then the content and hope for the game seemed to dry up.

    I don’t normally watch podcasts but I’ve been a fan of the show since around ep 20 when I found it existed and have watched them all. The funny and potentially sad thing is that I’ve spent more time as a lifer sub watching STOked than actually playing STO.

    I still don’t know when to jump in and play the game, I’m hoping that after f2p, they will get their act together and start rolling out content, sort out the single sector space, sort out an actual reason to be inside your ship, sort out navigation from inside the ship, And one personal wish is to make the outside ship camera control feel more fluid and swishy than the current feel of being insider a game editor.

    Overall I hope STO reaches a point where I can feel confident in playing it without it feeling unfinished or that its going to be remastered/changed again. and I hope to see STOked come back one day soon!

    Chris has done a fantastic job with the program and I just hope Cryptic give us all the confidence in the game to invest our attention to it again!

  106. Paul Says:

    I did the pre-order of STO from playing beta and also purchased lifetime sub. When the game launched it had a very obvious unfinished feel to it so I decided to leave it for a bit. When I read about updates coming gradually changed the game and the missions I kept deciding to hold off playing STO. I’ve had a couple of goes at it over the time but last year was as others describe the ‘year of hell’ for the game.

    I was getting more excited earlier in the year for the suggestion that there would be weekly episodes and decided that would be the time that I would jump in and start playing… then the content and hope for the game seemed to dry up.

    I don’t normally watch podcasts but I’ve been a fan of the show since around ep 20 when I found it existed and have watched them all. The funny and potentially sad thing is that I’ve spent more time as a lifer sub watching STOked than actually playing STO.

    I still don’t know when to jump in and play the game, I’m hoping that after f2p, they will get their act together and start rolling out content, sort out the single sector space, sort out an actual reason to be inside your ship, sort out navigation from inside the ship, And one personal wish is to make the outside ship camera control feel more fluid and swishy than the current feel of being insider a game editor.

    Overall I hope STO reaches a point where I can feel confident in playing it without it feeling unfinished or that its going to be remastered/changed again. and I hope to see STOked come back one day soon!

    Chris has done a fantastic job with the program and I just hope Cryptic give us all the confidence in the game to invest our attention to it again!

  107. IronEarth Says:

    Aww, I’ll miss tuning in to StoKed every week..

    Thank you for the entertainment you’ve given me over the last couple of years Chris, Best of luck in the future.

  108. Dave Says:

    I know this is old news by now and

  109. Valiant797 Says:

    To Chris, I know how difficult putting together a weekly show can be. I work in TV and I’m amazed we can pull it off daily! Consider a bi-weekly or monthly roundup, giving yourself a little more time so you don’t burn out.

    Here’s my 2012 prediction: Everything that was back-burnered for the edict from on high to switch to F2P will be brought out and the passion will return. We’re already hearing rumblings about fleet starbases, the Odyssey and KDF Flagship, and a few other things.

    IMHO, STO is a fun social game. My friends and I log on every week, and I find the game to be far more fun than when playing solo. I think that is an aspect that has been shoved aside in the screaming for “content.” For us, the content is playing together in the sandbox, is that something TOR can match?

    I look forward to STOked’s return.

  110. Dave Says:

    Funny posting here right now, I didn’t realize how much I’d come to equate STOked with STO.  I started playing a year ago (birthday gift) and was looking for some help to make sense of my first MMO.  I found STOked and have been an avid watcher since then.  I was afraid when Jeremy announced he was leaving that this would break up the show.  Part of me now wonders if that is true.  Chris, thank you for producing this podcast.  I always felt more in tune with what was happening after watching here.  I understand that you need a break if you don’t feel a passion for STOked or the game.  I hope that you are able to continue developing JB into a great web production platform.

  111. Iohannes Camenecium Says:

    The hiatus is sad news, and STOked was the only thing that made me think about logging into the game after months away from it.  STOked will stay in my podcast feed, so please be sure to use the same iTunes/RSS if you come back from hiatus.  Best wishes to Chris and the STOked team.

  112. GrazyC Says:

    Chris its to bad you quit right now while so many thing are happening, It’s kinda weird the game there free too play and as jeremy promised to have an open mind as a dev they shut me down because I had a whole list off comments on the forums.

    Skill points are not adressed properly
    Charachter traids aren’t working
    skills are minimized
    Every tool you want to have even ships you can only have them with DIl or CP’s
    They Ruining the game its terible

    I realy don’t understand it and everywhere you go there are bugs and people complaning.
    Where is the fun in that to put it one way I do understand why chris leaves I my self things off leaving just to start with STWOR . Because my old fleet is also gone to the STWOR MMO

    Greets. GrazyC

  113. The Patient Patient Says:

    Chris, now that’s what I was talking about last time! Thanks for doing a show like this eventually! This is the best of all episodes I’ve ever seen since start.

    Honestly, my prediction is, we won’t see a level cap raise to 60 and no Iconians in 2012.

  114. Leprech Says:

    “… though really the Breen is a set I’ve not warmed to …”, intentional, unintentional, still funny! Thx for the update silver.

  115. CaptMattSchwab Says:

    I voted other in the poll.

    I left STO a while ago. Lack of content, lack of fun, lack of being able to have the Star Trek experience I wanted to have within the confines of the game.

    I had intended to come back for F2P and give it another go. But, when SWTOR landed…and I loved it…I knew I would never be back for STO.

    So going to F2P does nothing to change my status in STO.

  116. QuadraQ Says:

    I signed up for a lifetime subscription because I still believe this is the best Star Trek game available, and I want it to survive. I also believe in the people at Cryptic. At the same time I think it’s going to be slow for the first half of the year. Nevertheless, I do hope you will pick up the show once the featured episodes return. Like a lot of people I’m spending my time on SW:TOR for now, but remain a firm believer in STO.

  117. GrazyC Says:

    This is weird,any other locked out off the forums because you have an silver account ?
    I can do everyting ingame but why are the retrofits off limits if you become Luitenat General or Vice Admiral ??
    And when does Perfect World finaly start to give out Time Cards jeeze,  They want money but they don’t work very hard to get it.

    Greets GrazyC

  118. Juno6644 Says:

    From all the comments here I would think the show still had decent ratings? I wish you would reconsider this hiatus.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

  119. Liandras Says:

    Really sad about the fact that it is on hiatus, but I am honestly more sad about that fact that I doubt this game will be around in 2013, than on the other end perhaps some one with better capabilities will be able to create a sto.

  120. Thorsten Stichweh Says:

    @ChrisLAS:disqus : I am glad that you will continue with the podcast. I understand and agree with most of your points about the state of the game and that is what makes STOked so special. You are the voice of us.You speak out what we can just write in the Forums or Blogs. You create the words to voice our concerns. And you are a fun guy to follow each tuesday :-)
    As a follower since episode 25 I would really regret to see this show ending like this. I hope that all STOked followers can give you enough power and passion to continue with fresh thoughts and ideas.

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