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:

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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. 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

  2. Wesmagyar Says:

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

  3. 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.

  4. Anonymous Says:

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. Dave Says:

    I know this is old news by now and

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Leprech Says:

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. Juno6644 Says:

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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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