Captain's Blog, Over Communicating Or TMI?
- Galactic Map
While the process of warping between local systems in Star Trek Online has been made relatively easy, sometimes traversing the vastness of space can still be a difficult endeavor. To help get you pointed in the right direction, Ten Ton Hammer is pleased to bring you detailed maps for each sector in Federation space and beyond. This week, we've added the Klingon maps into the mix with the Eta Eridani and Orion Leonis sector blocks. Stay tuned as we'll be adding more maps each week!
- State of the Game
This week, Cryptic's Craig Zinkievich provides a new State of the Game for Star Trek Online. With the tide turning away from launch issues (both things included and excluded) and we turn our eye to the future, the SotG shows the development team extending the olive branch as well as building the community bridge. The response thus far has been almost too sickly sweet on the official forums.
Officer Abilities: Engineer
Tired of trying to figure out what it takes to boost the effect of your Engineering Officer's Extend Shields ability? You're not the only one. Join Ten Ton Hammer as we pull back the veil of mystery on this elusive knowledge, beginning with the abilities of your Engineering Bridge Officers.
Talk talk talk, that is the theme this week. I see where Cryptic and the Star Trek Online team are going with this whole "let's be better communicators" and I'm not sure I like it. My wife likes to talk, it doesn't mean that my chores get done any easier. I'm getting ahead of myself, let the news roll and then you'll catch on my wool-over-the-eyes brethren.
The Week That Was
Last week was the Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco, California. The land where Republican is a four letter word and we all hug (except for Medawky, he still kicks people who try to hug him). Jumping right into the fray, Cryptic announced with much fanfare that they are taking a kinder gentler approach to community relations. Maybe not kinder, or gentler, maybe just real. Did that strike a chord or a nerve? Let's find out.
Is Over Communicate a term?
Looking under the hood.
Per some of my previous concerns, the lack of "math" has been a problem for me. In a game that uses probability (i.e. dice rolls be it virtual or actual) I like to know how I'm stacking odds in my favor or against it. I like to understand the variables and then be able to adjust my gear to put more odds in my favor for specific events, i.e. skills and powers for crit versus damage, etc. I think this is a great direction for the team and look forward to more of this transparency.
State of the Game
From the Office of the Obvious: Raids are not easy
I'm glad to hear that the first raidisode is no cakewalk. I hope it takes players months to figure out. By then, they'll have even more raids to figure out. Many things seem impossible the first time they are tried. It reminds me of the first time I did some break dancing. At first it seemed impossible, but in just a few short weeks, I was funky fresh. Actually, it's times like these that I thank Al Gore for not inventing the internet and things like Youtube until many decades later.
Finally Some Answers
Have a great week, and thanks for reading.
- Star Trek Online: The Expanding Universe Video - Part II
- STO Season One Facts And Video of What's Next
- Star Trek Online: GM Destra's Blog
- Star Trek Online Executive Producer, Craig Zinkievich Interviewed by Alltern8
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