Welcome Back Dan! | STOked 113

Welcome Back Dan! | STOked 113

Chris chat’s with Star Trek Online’s Executive Producer, Daniel Stahl. Chris asks about new challenge he faces, the speed of player leveling, the success of the new featured episodes, and hints about future updates to sector space, the foundry, and Klingons!

PLUS: Chris reviews the new featured episode, Facility 4028. And we’ve got a new community feedback that covers recent discovered game exploits, and we follow up on a lot of your STF loot feedback!


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Ask Cryptic: March 2012 is Here
DStahl’s back
A handy thread explaining (in short) what the Foundry could expect to see in Season 6

STF Loot Bags Explained

When you successfully complete an STF, including the optional objectives, you will have two different loot bags provided –  the personal loot bag and the team loot bag. Obviously, the personal one is loot just for you and the team loot bag, which is obtained from successfully completing the optional objectives, is divided up using the Need or Greed system. The loot you get in those bags is taken from multiple loot tables in the following manner.

Personal Loot Bag:

  • Table A – always gives you every item every time which is EDCs, dilithium and a mystery box. This is your GUARANTEED reward for mission completion.
  • Table B – always gives you at least one item but can be more which includes Bind On Equip space & ground gear and also Borg Salvage. This means that you will always get something from this loot table but not necessarily the salvage drop.
  • Table C – this table contains the high end loot, the Borg tech drops. Everytime you successfully complete an STF the game decides if you should be offered an item from this table. It is 100% NOT GUARANTEED loot. You have a chance to get the tech drop and a pretty low one based on user feedback 1% or lower is suspected right now (unconfirmed). This “roll” by the game engine does not take into account how many STF runs you have done it simply flips a coin to see if you are to be offered a tech drop for this specific STF completion. It is the primary source of making players insane as this heavily gates access to MK XII equipment and sets.

    So for each completion of an STF as a player I will get:

    • EDCs / dilithium / mystery box
    • 1 or more Bind On Equip space gear,  ground gear or borg salvage
    • a chance at getting a Borg tech drop (chance guaranteed, loot not so)

The second loot bag is a shared one across the team based on completing the optional objectives in any STF. It is constructed in a similar way to the personal loot bag but with some key differences.

  • only 1 loot table containing all of the items (does NOT include Borg tech drops, EVER)
  • usually 4 items from the loot table are offered as a reward to the team (can include salvage)

This shows that the lock boxes that were added to the loot system recently are actually included in a table that has nothing to do with the Borg Tech drops and their minuscule drop rate is therefore a separate issue. The information presented here is derived from a  – post made by Gozer.

30 Responses to “Welcome Back Dan! | STOked 113”

  1. Khemaraa Iron Hand Says:

    Liked the show.. very dissapointed that there is no news on upcoming KDF content… it’s been such a long wait so far.. makes me want to just cry in frustaration.   I know of far to many players that are holding off playing KDF because there is so little KDF content.  It’s really the most frustating issue in STO.. how can there be Multi Faction PvP when cryptic keeps procrastinating on creating the KDF content to draw players to the faction…

  2. Trance Says:

    Sadly I missed the live on saturday. I did catch the full DStahl interview though. I’ll have to echo Khemaraa though. It doesn’t look good when KDF content keeps getting pushed back while the Federation gets new stuff to play with all the time.

  3. Doug3575 Says:

    Great episode guys! Keep up the good work. I am enjoying the Cryptic interviews.

  4. Scottwears Says:

    ChrisLAS DS9 Is  A bajoran station so that would make sense 

  5. Mad_in_italy Says:

    If I remember well, it was the Cardassians who  made people on DS9 (Terok Nor at the time) to follow the 26 hour per day cycle. Explained by Kira Neris, do not remember in which episode.

  6. Mad_in_italy Says:

    Or I may be wrong and confusing the fact when somebody briefed a new crew member about 26 hours day because of the bajoran personnel.

  7. Hugablysoft Says:

    OK hello good show,
        Firstly gozer is going to say they are working as intended and we know that , this is not the issue the issue is a majority of the community from all they way back in triblle has been saying yes it should be harder gear to get , but the rate there falling is way to far off, so basicly Gozer posted that too bad this is how its going to be no matter what we thought , this posting can be found in old tribble forum, i havent gone back looking forit cause basicly i dont have time to go through 100s of postings, And i think this is the poblem the comunity is haveing with the stfs is Gozer isnt realy lisening to the comunity as a whole, and the stuff i have said here are facts not hearsay, this is stufff i have read for myself.  I am not raging or trying to be mean or disrespectfull, these are just facts, the comunity i feel as a whole would like for him to meet us halfway, yes there going to be those who you will never please, but i beleave the comunity as a whole is reasonable.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Good episode guys, i love the way the shows are coming out lately, very nice.

    As for Gozer, Cry Info and let slip the dogs of Information!

  9. ZyronX Says:

    The reason why DS9 has a 26 hour day is because the planet Bajor has a 26 hour day. Its how long the planet takes to make a complete turn on its axis! Not exactly sure why DS9 a space station would observe it, unless it had become a habit. 

  10. subway Says:

    The cut scen at the end made it feel like it was a trek episode, I liked it, verry good end.

  11. CaptBroten Says:

    DS9 follows the 26-hour day because it is a Bajoran station, in the Bajoran system (originally in orbit of Bajor itself). Just like the ISS observes our 24-hour day, and presumably ESD does too.

  12. ZyronX Says:

    I wish earth would take 26 hours. it would be great to have 2 extra hours a day :) 

  13. Jesse Garza Says:

    Very informative! I’m looking forward to your next episode and what STO is going to be bringing in the weeks and months to come.

  14. Shaun Flannery Says:

    Good show guys. This isn’t a question for Gozer on Saturday but just ran across something on SuricataFX about a ship tier revamp suggestion and it is a great idea and could be easily implemented by Cryptic so have a look and maybe discuss on Saturday.
    Links: http://www.suricatafx.com/
              http://www.suricatafx.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Ship_Tier_Changes.jpg

  15. Salgo Says:

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  16. Fred Campbell Says:

    Thing’s are looking groovy for the community, but I think the developers are missing the main character in the whole Star Trek universe, the ship itself. I am thinking it would make the game even more interesting is building missions around the ship, as well as using all the un-used space of the ship, ie, access to your stored items (the bank) or even a shuttle bay instead of talking to some chick in the transporter room…

  17. Freak6996 Says:

    Did anyone else think that interview with Dan seem awkward? 

  18. Anonymous Says:

    What happened for you? I’d like to fix it if there is trouble!

    -Chris

  19. Brian A Fernandez Says:

    I thought the fact that DS9 was on Bajoran time was common knowledge and kind of obvious. Are we saying there are people out there who don’t think DS9 is on a 26 hour rotation because it is a Bajoran facility and why would aliens bend over backwards to replicate our 24 cycle? I’m pretty sure they make it obvious by the way Bajorans use “26 hours a day” in dialogue to show that is what they are used to.

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  21. JKirk Says:

    Most adventures where on the ship/station in the series interact with the crew as well, but cryptic was very clear about this they don’t intent to make a game that would look like The Sims. So I think this is all we can ever hope for and why they go true so much effort to make bridges I wonder .

    Greets

  22. JKirk Says:

    I still don’t see the use off all those darn boxes arround  If I did not remove them I would have over a miljon drop boxes, I wish they stop droping these boxes It’s ruing the fun off the game same as Mell Jipson isued an galor class, yeah so what you see him flying I don’t seen some off them hihi.
    Realy hope they stop with these boxes……

  23. JKirk Says:

    Also for Gozer and his team make the borg gear bit better, its very good against any PVE missions. You fly but in the STF’s  it’s nothing at the moment. Or in the red alert sectors the borg set or eagis set is worthless. Borg here in the stf ‘s or red alerts shoot you down as an luitenant that battle’s against a captain. so instead off leaving this gear at Mk X they could make it Mk XI or something.

    Greets

  24. JKirk Says:

    For the tech drops I played it more then once on the elite version and I have to say the drop 9 out of 10 was the same stuff, the dilithium score is good in elite but the purple tech drop is minimal most casses in shared team loot and if you are lucky you get one purple tech drop out off 12 games and thats a long play I can tell you . on normal well sometimes I do get blue tech but it’s also 1 out off 12  games I play.  They don’t sell it in C-store  and I know it’s special gear but once you have it it’s a bit disapointing to own it .same with the Breen Gear and Aegis set or the Reman shield it’s not much fun. So it’s lot off ours off work but not much fun as they should be.
    Greets

  25. Joshua Cox Says:

    If I want to watch the live run-through of the newest Feature Episode, how would I go about doing that?

  26. Uccello Says:

    In the future they don’t operate on a 60min hour. It’s been reduced to 50mins in an hour. Just so it’s even. More like the metric system. So saying that. With all the left over 10min blocks. They add up to another 2 hours in the say making it a 26hour day. A 26hour day is also observed in other series besides ds9

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