STOked S02E02: How Torpedoes Work & Taking on the Crystalline Entity

STOked S02E02: How Torpedoes Work & Taking on the Crystalline Entity

STOked Season 2 Episode 2: We cover the STO attempt to set a Guinness World Record, go over the player bio contest, discuss the early reviews of Star Trek Online and give you the details on the “one million accounts” story that hit the web recently.

THEN in our MATH segment we boil down how Torpedoes work, and why something that gives you a +10 bonus might be a really big deal!

PLUS Chris shares the story of his battle with the Crystalline Entity, and gives a few tips on how to defeat it.

NEWS:
STO Guinness World Record Attempt in London
http://www.startrekonline.com/node/1007
Namco Bandai Partners, the European distributor of Star Trek Online, in association with Atari
Attempt to set a world record for the ‘largest gathering of people dressed as Star Trek characters’ on February 14th at 1.00pm on London’s Millenium Bridge.
Adjudicators from Guinness World Records will be present to log the record attempt and ensure that everyone present is dressed in full Star Trek attire.
The best dressed fans on the day will win exclusive Star Trek Online prizes including lifetime subscriptions worth over £150 and recently released digital version of the Star Trek movie.

STO Update: Servers Added This Weekend + Character Backstory Contest + Voice Command Demo Video
http://trekmovie.com/2010/02/03/sto-update-server-update-this-weekend-character-backstory-contest-voice-command-demo-video/
Hey folks,We just wanted to update you on our in-game server capacity status. Throughout Head Start we noticed the overwhelming response to the game and we are working on changes to further increase the number of people who can play Star Trek Online at any given time. Our current plan is to have these changes in place sometime this coming weekend. We will, of course, keep you updated on progress as it happens.Really, we just want to thank you all again for your continued support and patience. If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be here.
-The Star Trek Online Team
Ultimate Character Contest:
Top prize is a collection of original Star Trek comics (more than 500 issues) ranging from 1967 – 2002, valued at $4750.
10 runners up will get the GIT CD-ROM Star Trek Comic Book Collection.
Entries must be made by February 19th. Rules and more info on how to enter at atari.com/startrekcontest.

TrekMovie.com reviews STO:
In general, gameplay in Star Trek Online is very intuitive.
Tutorial is good, but sometimes leaves you guessing on what to do.
Controls very intuitive.
In space battles, the controls are very different from flight in other games.
The graphics in this game are fantastic!
“Overall, I love this game! It is a chance to be immersed in the Star Trek world”

Stormshade steps away from Star Trek Online
http://www.massively.com/2010/02/03/community-manager-daeke-leaves-cryptic-stormshade-to-replace-him/
Becoming the new CM for Champions
David “Daeke” Bass Leaving Cryptic
Leaving comes amidst heavy fire from the community on Cryptic’s most recent endeavor, the addition of Vibora Bay in Champions Online.
Daeke took heat as he was the first member of the Cryptic staff to acknowledge that Vibora Bay would be a piece of paid content.
Phoxe will be stepping up as STO community lead. Fourm Post Here: http://forums.startrekonline.com/showpost.php?p=1901489&postcount=3.

Cryptic would ‘love’ to get Star Trek Online to consoles
http://www.joystiq.com/2010/02/01/cryptic-would-love-to-get-star-trek-online-to-consoles/
“But we’ll have to see how Star Trek does and then secondly we want to do it justice and not hurry something along just to get it on the console.” – Zinc
The engine (STO and CO) already runs on consoles, we are told by Cryptic.

One Million Already Playing Star Trek Online?
http://terminalgamer.com/2010/02/04/one-million-already-playing-star-trek-online/
One million registered accounts is a strong indicator of a vibrant online community and it should only grow given Star Trek’s massive fan base
Numbers reflect Web accounts, not subscribed game accounts.

MATH:

OMG TORPEDO MATH

Special thanks to Katavul and Aruji, and their team of guinea pigs.

+1 Skill = 1% bonus to base damage.

Anything above Standard Issue damage = Bonus, and is added AFTER the skill math.
Example:
Standard Issue Torpedo = 1383 damage ( < — BASE)
Mk VIII Quantum Torpedo = 2484 damage ( < — per unmodified tooltip)
difference = +1101 ( < — BONUS)

With a +100 skill bonus:
(1383 x 2.00) = 2766
+1101
3867 < — same as in-game tooltip!!

Max skill bonus = 100% (18 Lt, 30 LtC, 52 Comm = 100 total)

This SAME math works for Beams & Cannons, but is also affected by Weapon Energy Levels.

Consoles act as a Skill Bonus, for damage calculations.
Applying a +10 Torpedo console to the above calculations…. Base & Bonus remain the same, but
(1383 x 2.10) = 2904.3
+1101
4005.3 < — final modified damage (rounded off in-game)

So, a +10 console resulted in a damage bonus of 138!

Weapon Damage Calculators:
Standard Issue = 1.00
Mk 1 = 1.08 (1.082)
Mk 2 = 1.18 (1.184)
Mk 3 = 1.29 (1.286)
Mk 4 = 1.39 (1.388)
Mk 5 = 1.49 (1.490)
Mk 6 = 1.59 (1.592)
Mk 7 = 1.69 (1.694)
Mk 8 = 1.80 (1.796)
Mk 9 = 1.90 (1.898)
Mk 10 = 2.00

To find “Standard Issue” damage, find a Mk X item on the Exchange and cut the damage in half. Inspecting an item on the Exchange will NOT attribute your modifiers to its totals.

MEDIA:

Watch Star Trek Online Intro Video Voiced By Leonard Nimoy – Ties STO to ST09
http://trekmovie.com/2010/01/28/watch-star-trek-online-intro-video-voiced-by-leonard-nimoy-ties-sto-to-st09/

Screen shots with a story, Chris’ week of STO shots:
http://picasaweb.google.com/tophfisher/STOShots?feat=directlink

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