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Star Trek Online
launches (pun intended) in a few short weeks on February 2nd, with the
beta starting this week! For those of you who haven’t been
decoding all of the
transmissions from Cryptic Studios and scouring the forums for every
information, we’re providing a bite-sized list of critical
to know items.
I like to call them Nuggets of Critical Knowledge Everyone Really
“Nockers.” In no particular order except numerical,
are ten Nockers for
your reading pleasure:
style="">1. Star Trek for
a hardcore fan of the shows and movie. STO isn’t just for
Trekkies who can name
the episode of every show. The game is quite accessible for those of us
know what Star Trek is, maybe watched a few shows or movies when we
younger or have never (gasp!) watched it. Those that know the lore will
soak up the accumulation of canon in the game and the rest can simply
game for some solid MMOG fun.
style="">2. Classless classes
player will choose a profession (see #6
that does not mean you have chosen a class and are locked into just
playstyle. The game is created to attract players that want to max out
playstyle, but also those that like to change it up. By changing out
officers and kits, characters can change their focus from PvE to PvP,
their role; DPS, Healer, Tank. The end game is very open for players to
to accommodate all kinds of missions with a single character instead of
stable of alts. Essentially players can “alt” using
style="">3. Leveling up is
uses a skill based system rather than
so players choose the
their character by allocating skill points to increase their rank.
of missions will reward characters with skill points which allows for
up/increasing in rank. A complete list of ranks can be found in our
style="">4. Traits versus
Skills versus Powers versus Kits
are innate abilities of a character
character creation. An example of a Trait is “10% Resistance
would be specific to that race.
are the abilities within each profession
Tactical, and Engineering) that will enhance the Powers which
that aspect of a player’s abilities. Skills can be specific
power or can
be more general and affect multiple powers.
are most analogous to what traditional MMOG
would call spells. Powers are specific to the profession, however
Powers can be
found in Kits in addition to each player’s profession.
style="">5. Science, Tactical
and Engineering – Careers, Ships and Officers
themes are evident in the player choices for
careers, the ships they choose and the bridge officers available. Those
are Science, Tactical and Engineering. A character’s style="">career
starts out with a basic decision to roll a Science Officer
(Healer), Tactical Officer (DPS), or Engineering Officer (Tank).
come in three flavors, Escorts
which focus on DPS, Science Vessels which favor Science officers (for
support) and Cruisers that correlate to Engineering (tanking). Last but
least, your bridge officers
available as Science, Tactical and Engineering officers and will
the same type of attributes as those found in player careers.
style="">6. Racial Comments
Trek Online has several venerable races from
Trek universe. On the Starfleet side, players can choose from eight
while the Klingon Empire currently boasts four races. If by some chance
races available don’t fit your vision of the game, players
create their own
custom race. Each race will receive four traits. The difference races
designed with pre-determined trait(s), with and the remaining are
chosen by the
player. Custom created races allow for four traits to be chosen.
style="">7. Play a Klingon, PvP
is out there.
beginning of the game, everyone starts as a
Starfleet. Achieving a certain level and/or through a quest chain (this
changing during beta), players unlock the ability to start a Klingon
As we found in our href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/78574">exclusive
Q&A, Klingons are
currently considered PvP-only, and have different paths of
progression than Starfleet, who doesn’t want a Bird of Prey?
style="">8. Bridge Officers,
Managing your team(s)
Officers will make up your captain’s
personal team members. Each officer will specialize in Science,
Engineering and possess skills and powers to aid your character in both
and ground combat. The teams are comprised of five officers that you
accumulate over time (characters start with one officer that is
training). As captain, players will choose the officers for each of
teams, both ground and space, which may (or may not) be different. Team
composition will depend on the mission type (PVE, PVP, Exploration,
Bridge officers can equip kits to enhance their powers, and thus boost
benefits to the ship, team or captain.
style="">9. Crafting comes in
encompass two different variations in the game. The first is the
gathering, harvesting, manufacturing which is common in many MMOGs.
spent both in space and on the ground, players will find nodes for
which can be taken back to Memory Alpha for processing into usable
second flavor or crafting is the
“harvesting” of bridge
officer abilities. During a player’s career rare bridge
skills may be found. These rare skills can be learned by the
bridge officers. In turn, that captain can train other
officers with these unique skills. Essentially, captains will collect
harvest these skills, which can then be sold in the form of training
style="">10. Ground and Space
game is divided into two aspects, space and
combat. Players’ captains and their bridge officers will
accumulate skills and
powers that increase efficiency in both of these areas. Missions may
space or ground combat or both, however players have the choice of
missions to accept. Gear, kits and other items will also be ship/flight
ground crew specific.
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covers the basics for those of you just
starting to get
your Trek on. Each of the above could be turned into a multi-volume
so we’ve kept it brief. If you’d like additional
information or want to dive
deeper into the above points, let us know in the forums.
To read the latest guides, news, and features you can visit our Star Trek Online Game Page.