It’s all Engine math this week! After shunting our optical sensors through the auxiliary signal buffers, we were able to heroically save this week’s subspace transmission of STOked! While the transmission was partially damaged, we managed to save the best!
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- Happened while he was out sick
Commentary from DStahl on Mission Remastering
- KDF missions will get remastered, too.
- Only 12% of players have active KDF toons.
“Decommissioned” Accolades // Mission Remastering
- As a result of the upcoming remastering of missions (headed up by Gozer) some old accolades will no longer be accessible.
- One that has so far been confirmed, is the “SS Azura” (being replaced)
January’s Ask Cryptic
- Craftable Refit Ship Costumes
- Season 4 will include the Fleet Action Queue system, allowing fleets to team up easier.
- Confirmed that the Foundry is being used by the Neverwinter team – likely a big reason the tech is getting so much attention.
- First Officer system may include an extra Universal Boff slot on your ship!
- Both the Captain’s Yacht (400-day reward) and Delta Flyer (omgomg) are coming soon.
- DSEs getting “replaced with something new” in Season 4.
Standard engine variants come in three flavors:
Impulse — A standard engine, baseline
Hyper Impulse — Efficient at high energy (meaning when you are above about 60 engine power, you start gaining extra engine energy)
Combat Impulse — Efficient at low energy (meaning when you are below about 40 engine power, you start gaining extra engine energy)
Impulse engines — the baseline variety — should not be used. They seem to have the exact same stat scaling as the other two types, but never grant additional energy.
So your choice should be based on what you typically fly with your Engine energy set at. If it’s low, go Combat, and if it’s high go Hyper.
Exception = Efficient Impulse Engine
Can obtain from episodic content in the Lt Commander range (Past Imperfect), and it adds 5 energy to weapons, shields and aux. So awesome! And totally viable all the way to VA. Even if you’re ship’s a little slower, the extra energy is tasty. And speed rarely impacts PvE tactics.
As you go up in Marks of engines, the only thing that changes is the speed and sometimes turning rates. So if you have a lower Mk engine with a fatty bonus that you adore (like the aforementioned Efficient engine), and don’t mind the reduced maneuverability, don’t feel like you have to give it up. The choice is yours.
Engine modifiers come in 3 standard variants as well:
[full] — increases your Full Impulse speed
[spd] — increases your standard flight speed
[turn] — slightly buffs your turn rate
Speed VERY rarely matters in PvE combat. I know there are times in PvP where running away is a good tactic, and if that’s one of yours then by all means go for [spd] — especially since this modifier can be further multiplied by buffs such as Evasive Maneuvers. For most folks however, I think I’d be safe to recommend an engine with Turn Rate bonuses. Even if you’re in a highly maneuverable ship, like an Escort or something, a higher turn rate is always good. Also, if the numbers are right on the tooltips, engines with turn rate improvements have a more profound impact on your turning, than an RCS engineering console would.
Now, let’s talk about an Engine-based tactic that is primarily used in PvP.
It’s a common buff-stacking approach that is sometimes called “Ludicrous Speed” … because it is crazy-fast.
To execute this maneuver fire off RAW SPEED BOOSTS first, then follow that up with PERCENTAGE-BASED BOOSTS.
Raw speed/energy boosts:
Aux to *** (use EngTeam + Aux to Engines)
Attack Pattern Omega
As an added bonus to this tactic, there’s a new consumable item known as a “Deuterium Surplus” that can be obtained by completing a daily mission in the Alhena system in Eta Eridani. These are pretty much Evasive Maneuvers batteries.
“What features would be necessary in a STO Community Portal site?”
We’ve mentioned before having RSS feeds to popular STO sites like STO-Wiki, StarbaseUGC or even Memory-Alpha.
Also mentioned having a browsable Foundry database.
What’s YOUR feature request?