Cutting The Cord Review | STOked 73

Cutting The Cord Review | STOked 73

The “Cloaked Intentions” featured series wrapped up this week, and we’ll offer you our opinions about the finale, and the series as a whole.

But… now what? We have no new content on the horizon, the Foundry is still delayed, and we are faced with a several-month gap until the next Featured Series launches. We’ve got opinions on what might be best for STO at this time, so tune in to hear our thoughts!

Then we’ll feature an EPIC return of “You Got Mathed” with a segment co-hosted by Design Lead, Al “CaptainGeko” Rivera.

After all that show is over, we’ll feature your feedback to our Captain’s Table discussion.

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Vivox Integrated Voice Chat officially announced

Ask Cryptic: March Edition

  • A future FE may revisit DS9 at which point it will “get some love.”
  • Actively hiring software developer for boff VO feature!
  • Peregrine fighters (and a KDF equivalent) will soon be craftable

MVAM Hits Tribble

Link to “informal chat” with Al Rivera



Cloaked Intentions Finale : “Cutting The Cord”
– Grouped: Scaled up in team to EPIC proportions (steak for a starving man) – first space combat in your ship
– Solo: Fewer turrets to take out
– Grouped: Had a full team
– Solo: Beamed down alone, had to use proper pull and ambush tactics, along with calling for support.
– There were a couple dialogues that were interrupted by combat, even solo.
– Virtual Guide Path:  AWESOME
– Fighting a Scorpion as it flew overhead
– LOVED the NPCs fighting among themselves
– Orbital Bombardments
– Hakeev: Super Ninja Leaps (buggy), great death scene
– Iconian Gateways
– Torpedo Blast from on HIGH (Star Trek V?)
– Final Space Combat — EPIC combat.
– Gateway in a Donut, and rescue(?) by an Iconian vessel
– Reman Boff (with psi powers!), and Tracking Mines
– EPILOGUE: Go hang out with Obisek @ the Vault, get a trophy.


Co-Hosted by Al “CaptainGeko” Rivera (Lead Designer and “Keeper of the Maths”)

  • Why do diminishing returns exist?
  • Why does a 5% item only give 4.something%?
  • Explain the difference between Damage Resistance Magnitude and Damage Resistance?
  • Cap = 75%. WITH EXCEPTIONS (Intrepid Armor = 90%)

Curved Value = (1/(1-DamRes%Max))-1-(((1/(1- DamRes%Max))-1)/(1+(MAG/((1/(1- DamRes%Max))-1))+((MAG/((1/(1- DamRes%Max))-1))^2)))
Dam Res=-((1/(1+SumOfAllDiminishedMags))-1)

CLICK THESE LINKS to download the Diminishing Returns Spreadsheet:
PDF format
XLS format


How would you improve/overhaul the Captain’s Table?

Multiple suggestions for:
– Open to ALL players (they’re all captains, after all)
– A direct Transwarp ability
– Dabo and Poker (and other minigames as they come) with either higher table limits, or slightly better odds

nailpeter:  (he read the books!)
Accessible from any station, from every bar.
Should not be a station, just another bar interior.
Should be Captains from ALL times, including back to the 1600s and further into the future.

A quest line that explains the location and its backstory in-game.

Accolades! Maybe it’s to meet 10 different NPC captains that appear at random?

Move the mission replay to the Captain’s Table, under the pretense that you’re “retelling” the story to Cap for your drinks.

More suggestions on the forums:

We face a content drought that may last months, and will only be made less painful via the Foundry.

What must Cryptic/Atari do RIGHT NOW to keep the interest and hype high?

Atari is being held afloat almost exclusively by Cryptic Studios

  • Subscriptions revenues from Star Trek Online and Champions Online helped online revenue for the first nine months of fiscal 2010/11 rise nearly 500 percent from the year before.
  • These growing online revenues now represent roughly 45 percent of the company’s revenues, compared to a mere 3.4 percent in 2009.

Cryptic MMOs perform well for Atari, revenue rockets 500 percent

*Now is the time for Atari to invest in STO and Champs. A four month slow down in content is going to eat away at those numbers.
*Atari’s online revenue has increased by $20 million year-over-year to $24.8 thanks to Champions Online and Star Trek Online.
*Revenue from online games represented a whopping 44.9 percent of Atari’s total net revenue for the period, compared to just 3.4 percent in the first nine months of its previous fiscal year.



30 Responses to “Cutting The Cord Review | STOked 73”

  1. Forge Says:

    If you guys could make T shirts with say, STOked logos, or Chris’s hair, or Bryans face or something I would buy them all!!! Might be an interesting way to make the network more profitable

  2. Ryan D. Flint Says:

    Great show as always and I’ve set up a subscription, you guys totally deserve it and from the quality of the shows I thought this WAS your full-time employment :p I’d love to see what the JB crew can do with 100% commitment to the network and I’m glad that there’s a way I can help.

  3. Vlad Says:

    that wasnt Qo’noS in the gate it was Gre’thor the klingon symbol was inverted

  4. Anze G Says:

    A lvl cap rise duting this “down time” would be great :)

  5. Koppenflak Says:

    Guys, honestly felt a little pang of man-tears when Chris was talking about his job.

    I’m here every week. I’d be happy to support Jupiter whether you go full-time or not.

    Much love from Aus…

  6. Liandras Says:

    Great episode ad signed up a sub fee, I keep finding myself drawn lack to here so there must be a good reason for it.

  7. Tony Webster Says:

    Just wanted to throw you guys out a note that I can’t wait to see what the show turns into when you start doing this full time. I am in the same position as you guys have been where I work a normal job and of course maintain our fleet website on top of doing a radio show I host each week. Just wanted to throw it out there that as a STO fan I appreciate and love watching your episodes on a weekly basis.

  8. Optimaloptimusprimus Says:

    Chris & J-man.. Suggest people go play & level up there Klingon toons. – OOP

  9. Jeremy Says:

    You’re right. I noticed that while editing, but decided not to try and correct it at that point.

  10. nynik Says:

    I decided to set up a donations subscription – great work guys as always, I hope things work out for you Chris.

  11. Clarky1981 Says:

    Hey J Man & Chris

    I’m based in the UK and your show is the highlight of my week, I look forward to seeing your casts everytime and you guyz do crack me up somewhat rotten on occasions.

    Chris I’m sorry to hear about your job predicament…. But anyway GO FULL TIME!!!
    I’ve set up the max subscription to J broadcasting so my contribution will help get you that step closer.

    Keep Up the fantastic work guyz!

    Steve Clark UK
    STO User : Carlton@Clarky1981

  12. Dreslikmj Says:

    What a complex formula for diminished magnitudes. Well if DamRes%Max = 0.75, then this whole thing reduces to:

    (3M(M+3))/(M^2+3M+9) where M is the magnitude. Now sum those and put those into the damage resistance equation.

  13. Vlad Says:

    If they decide to go with it could be veary interesting saying that the iconians were behind the Fek’Ihri invasion and to what purpose to test the Klingons like the coliseum but on a larger scale.
    allso If they take that stance as they suggest during the Gre’thor quest line that this could be someone else pretending to be the Fek’Ihri that would raise the questions who was it the iconians or a servant race and was that a Romunlan you saw at the end stepping thru the gate.
    Of course it could be that he was was ment to go thru the gate and no one thought
    that it would matter what pics where being shown at the time and just added the same animation script they used for the other gate just to save time.

  14. Scinlao Says:

    I hope they add that console button to the Galaxies for Saucer sep, Intrepids for Ablative Hull armor, and defiants for cloaking. Because saucer sep is actually a feature that was supposed to be built in to ALL galaxy class starships. Not just for Admirals. Pretty much the same with the defiant cloaking device. I can understand the ablative hull armor, but it would still be nice if captains could get their hands on this ability.

    Anyway, about those tractor mines? Whenever an NPC launches them, I always manage to evade them without even TRYING. So I’m kind of nervous about using them. *shrugs* maybe I’ll install them on my cruiser.

  15. Thinks Says:

    I think all the episodes were great. Although I think they should be longer. I have just cancled my subscription due to lack of new content and month’s of waiting for a new series.

  16. Liandras Says:

    Saucer separation should indeed be a standard feature, just as MVAM, the defiant claok however not, the USS Defiant had one only because of some special deal with the Romulans (They get to use cloak, in return they share all their intel on the Dominion with the Romulans).

    As for the claoking mines, my trick is to take out a rear wep and put in the mines, launch the mines and put rear weapon back in for 50sec. Not so good in area, but great in C&H just sit at a point and wait for the first one to spring the trap. (works even better if you can cloak ofcourse)

  17. piwright42 Says:

    In Cutting the Cord there is a Scorpion fighter on one of the roof tops near the one where the fighter attacks you. If you blow it up you get the same accolade as if you were to kill the on that shoots at you. Also to get the Engineering optional objective you have to get to the same rooftop as the one the where Scorpion fighter strafes you before it attacks you. The console there is the weather control station.

  18. Zac Hartmann Says:

    I think Cryptic needs to be more active with their weekly episodes. It’s the main reason I login to play, and I’m excited about them. I loved the last series, although the last episode I though was a bit of a letdown compared to the earlier episodes, but it’s hands down the best one so far as a whole.

    I hated the lull between series 2 and series 3. 2-3 weeks maximum between series would be perfect.

    On another note, they are bringing the weekly series to Champions Online too, so they are definitely aware of the draw and excitement it’s creating. I guess if the weekly series comes out in such a way between STO and Champions that each weekend I have a new one to do, I’d be happier with that, but folks who only play one game or the other, 5+ weeks is a serious lull, worthy of cancelled subscriptions in between. The problem with cancelled subscriptions is there’s always a chance they just won’t come back. If they keep them frequent, 3 week lull at most, then people will be less likely to cancel their subscriptions, meaning more revenue per series.

  19. Jimjim Says:

    Great show. I agree with you guys about Atari announcing and committing to keeping the content ball rolling in STO. Good luck Chris, and to both of you on getting Jupiter up as a full time gig. Subscribed/donated and ready for more!

  20. picardalpha2clearance Says:

    Great show guys my favorite interview yet!

  21. Feyh Says:

    Guys totally love the show, but I am having trouble downloading episodes on my iPod, and now even having trouble playing them on my laptop.

  22. Techmage2002 Says:

    I have had experience using Vivox with SOE. They use it in their game launcher. It provides a clear voice chat with a low bandwith. They also have the ability to do voice changing although I have not heard it myself, I’ve heard that it is fantastic.
    Here is the link if anyone is interested

  23. Danann Says:

    Always an entertaining show (even when there is math!), so good luck going full time. If you’re close to being able to with subscriptions, it might be worth checking to see if Cryptic would be willing to be a ‘sponsor’ for STOked. You are already doing good advertising for them already after all!

  24. Wisty Says:

    +1 subscription. I don’t mind paying for something when it’s good.

  25. STO Fan Says:

    Guys how about running a piece on the STO UI exploit and Cryptic’s Ostrich syndrome? The forum moderators are acting oppressively and overbearingly about this issue, closing any thread that even mentions the problem (even if they do not say how the exploit works). This is the most serious exploit in the history of the game, it is real and verifiable and means that PvP is a meaningless exercise and any PvE can be a walk in the park. In case you are not aware what is going on there is a way to allow ships to equip multiple shields (borg and aegis together for example) tac consoles in ANY slot, obtain extra tac Lt commander bridge stations etc. I post here out of genuine concern for the game and hope the ‘free’ media will demmand an answer before the player base loose their patience with Cryptic and start postging the exploit all over the internet in frustration! Because if Cryptic continue to moderate their forums in this oppressive manner it will certainly happen.

  26. Zerjackstaub Says:

    you should share your created missions at the captains table!

  27. Wafeyh Says:

    I saw a Breen in your video….did you get a Breen BOF?

  28. D-shot Says:

    Reminiscing about doors…What if (perhaps in your interior) when you get to the turbolift if they need to zone you in, that you could sit in the turbolift and wait for the doors to open. That would make it feel like you were watching an episode, since there were scenes inside the turbolift.

  29. Padfoot42 Says:

    Hey guys! I glad you want to do this serious. So, I figured one step for me to help was to put you guys on and tell them that this is happening and I hope the reddit community that normally does this and I hope don’t let me down will help you guys go full time. :) I hope I can find more ways to help. I do think it will help a lot and I hope you guys will also think about putting a reddit sharing button.

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