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  • gerwalk0769gerwalk0769 Member Posts: 1,095 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    Thanks to you and the staff for all of your hard work.

    Crew has become even more important with the re-introduction of the Crystalline Entity. Will there be any effort to built the importance of our ship's crew, or to highlight the importance of their absence in the game as is being done to Sci powers currently?

    The Crystalline Entity event is a fair start to building missions that reward for using Sci abilities in addition to DPS; unfortunately dps is still king in the event. Are you planning other new missions or to tweak old missions to emphasize the use of certain Sci powers and abilities?

    Will you re-introduce other old missions such as the DS9 mission (with the Easter egg)?

    When can we expect to see the ability to save different BOFF layouts on different ships, with the expansion perhaps?

    Thank you again
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  • nierionnierion Member Posts: 326 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    1 - If your fleet is present in all factions, will you look at adding the option to link them all together so there is a tab to display your other factions starbase progress and roster? Also as well as linking the fleet chat and displaying names in different colors depending which faction your playing on.


    2 - I understand the character customisation is getting a revamp, is it just in appearance or are we getting more options? Games like Eve that don't even have ground combat have a much more in-depth character customization than STO, it would be nice to see something of a similar standard.


    3 - I'd like to see more ship customization and ship power management options like Starfleet Command. With ship customization it would be nice to have a list of objects to add your ship like an extra warp coil, strut etc that maybe give an added bonus so everyone's ship is more unique in play style and makes sense. With power management I'd like to see console slots replaced with an upgrade system where you obtain devices from either loot or the exchange which allow you to upgrade certain systems / weapons / hull etc at the shipyard and for example you want to add phaser damage upgrades, you go to the shipyard to oversee maintenance and upgrades on your ship. Would this be something you'd like to see in the game and look at adding to give Star Trek more depth?


    4 - It'd be nice to have more races added to the game that can be multi-faction (maybe add the ones that are only available features under alien race?). Also adding more differences to each race, like health, strength, vitality, agility would also be a welcomed change and an upgraded ground combat which introduces the use of cover so my character can press a button to lean up against a crate or wall etc.


    5 - I would like to see the ranking system separated from leveling and everyone is a captain. Maybe have the first 10 levels start on your race's home world where you get ready to become a starfleet captain and get your own ship at level 10 and the higher ranks are only available from joining a fleet and purely used to display your rank within that fleet. It makes no sense to have all these admirals flying ships in the game.


    6 - Finally, space feels very small and the combat is way too fast paced which makes it feel more like Star Wars. I'd like to see space opened up with no loading screens and the option to warp direct to a location and follow your ship during warp rather than go to a "Sector Space" zone. The combat needs to be improved and a z-axis added with the removal of anything higher than turret for all ships on the Fed side apart from Defiant / Fighters / Jemmy etc. Maybe give the escorts a bigger damage bonus or introduce Dual Heavy Beams / Heavy Beam Arrays etc. Shooting cannons on an Armitage just feels wrong.
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  • icegavelicegavel Member Posts: 991 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    1: While it's nice to have more Klingon content, both before AND after the Romulan FE, the re-used Fed missions afterward seem really cut-and-paste, with very minor alterations. Do you plan to "Klingon-up" these missions, to make the Klingon versions of them seem more appropriate to that faction?

    2: (Multiple Choice) Will there be Advanced/Elite Fleet Warp/Singularity Cores?
    • A: Yes, at launch.
    • B: Yes, but not at launch (they're not done yet).
    • C: Not right now, but we're still thinking about adding them.
    • D: No, not at all.

    3: If a Romulan unpacks a Lockbox ship (example: Temporal Science Vessel), will they get their own variant, or will it be the variant of their allied faction?

    4: Would you be open to player-designed starship suggestions, after you run dry on canon ships?

    5: Back in the day, Heretic was remastering missions as a pet project. But he left. There are still a lot of... well, second-rate missions in the game, from launch. Will we ever see more mission remastering, to bring up the quality of all of the missions? (speaking of, I'm LOVING the Romulan missions - well done)

    6: For those of us who like the up-in-your-face feel], will we be getting more melee weapons (soon(tm) or in the not-too-distant future)? My big requests are Jem'Hadar Kar'takins, Human Katanas (and other Terran swords), and Klingon D'k tahgs.

    7: Is there a possibility of adding a special warp-in animation for people entering star systems while Quantum Slipstream is active (specifically, something that looks like the Quantum Slipstream exit from VOY)? I don't imagine it'd be too difficult. (I'm taking computer programming at college, and they coincidentally use C++ to teach the basics - I'd imagine all you need is a few "if" statements to determine which animation to use)

    8: With Temporal Ambassador, the precedence has been set for canon characters to be really well-used in STO. So, this question is two-part:
    Part 1: If there were one canon character that you could get in-game that currently is NOT, who, where, and why?
    Part 2: Who might you have already reached out to, to see if they might reprise their roles (besides Wil Wheaton - I know he declined already).

    9: Now that the Crystalline Entity Fleet Action is back in the game, a lot of people have been asking about the other Fleet Action that was removed - DS9 Under Siege. Is it being worked on?

    10: Will we be seeing more wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey time travel missions in the not-too-distant future?
    (Optional): Question 10B: If given the opportunity, would you consider doing a STO/DW crossover mission, since there's already a crossover comic series?
  • nithanathnithanath Member Posts: 0 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    Is any solution to the AFKer problem being discussed?
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  • sk8ter888sk8ter888 Member Posts: 6 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    I havent used my Vice admiral free ship token yet, as the only choice is the Tactical Escort Retrofit (Defiant). Is there any hope that there will ever be other choices?
  • auric2000auric2000 Member Posts: 118 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    Will there ever be a tactical upgrade to the D'deridex Warbird Retrofit to make it more viable in game unlike the Galaxy-Retrofit?

    Will there be a T5 NX Class given how almost every other named ship from the era has a T5 variant?
  • leoll2leoll2 Member Posts: 1 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    Will we see new Romulan ships in the Z-Store? Are you also planning a bundle?
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  • dkratascodkratasco Member Posts: 585 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    Cryptic is proud of customization options which players have with their characters, even Mr. Sthal spoke about it in one of Ask Cryptic or State of Game. Space stations and embassy were have to be unique for every Fleet, right now I'm all most sure that all stations look exactly the same.

    Instead those so called spacial projects you should give Fleet leaders or any other person with correct fleet permission to use foundry and design which elements should be put in actual interior. Depending on which elements were used in project game system will calculate cost for Fleet project.

    My question is: when or why not?
  • gregbgregb Member Posts: 47 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    Playing the LoR beta (Which by the way is awesome so far!) Will the team go back over and update/redo the interiors for Federation/Klingon ships to be in line with the Romulan ship interior we will be getting with romulan ships in the expansion?
  • athourstathourst Member Posts: 0 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    Will there be a Mirror universe Terran salute emote any time soon?

    And will there also be a 2409 Terran outfit?
  • sohtohsohtoh Member Posts: 620 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    As it stands now, a ship (usually a cruiser) that runs two different sets of Emergency Power abilities are facing 20 seconds of downtime for EPtX and 20 seconds of downtime for EPtY in a 60 second timespan. This is caused by the 15 seconds cooldown between the two. If using two copies of the same EPtX ability, the downtime is 5 seconds in a 45 second timeframe. If the cooldown between EPtX and EPtY was changed from 15 seconds to 10 seconds, this would also reflect 5 seconds of downtime for EPtX and EPtY in a 45 second span. Are there any plans to re-evaulate this change before it goes live?
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  • voporakvoporak Member Posts: 5,621 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    Romulan cat species? Especially for us in the Ferasan Shadow Force?
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  • jexsamxjexsamx Member Posts: 2,797 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    2409 ship skins (not hull materials) for ships that presently do not have one? Such as the Prometheus, Luna, Dervish, etc?



    Also, how much do I have to pay you to not put in another damn cat race?
  • cidstormcidstorm Member Posts: 1,220 Arc User
    edited April 2013
  • marc8219marc8219 Member Posts: 0 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    Will the D'Deridex retrofit be improved? Most people don't like its boff layout as it stands on tribble, (3rd ensign engineer, not enough tac or sci) its turn rate, and it could use more tac console then 3.
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  • c00litc00lit Member Posts: 0 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    Will there be a lifetime promotion on or before the expansion launch?

    Are there any plans to add exploration options?
  • rezkingrezking Member Posts: 1,107 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    Will the Borg ever be a playable Faction in STO?
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  • zylpha1zylpha1 Member Posts: 12 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    Dear Cryptic,
    My favorite ship in all of the fleets is the Klingon Bird of Prey. I understand that they are not "technically" escorts... But the hull on them is very very low even at level 51 vice admiral. Meanwhile other starships of the enemy ie Starfleet, have stronger hulled starships. Is there anyway to up the hull +5000 to +10000? BOP is beginning to be outdated. Atleast, can you add another rear weapon slot to give us a fighting chance??

    Thank you!
  • neoakiraiineoakiraii Member Posts: 7,468 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    Will it be possible to have Romulan skins for ally ships like how the Romulans who used Klingon D7 painted them with Romulan markings?
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  • majortiraomegamajortiraomega Member Posts: 2,214 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    The auxiliary powered dual heavy cannons from the vesta class starship offers a nice solution to the main problem with science vessels. Has Cryptic considered adding other auxiliary powered weapons that would be usable on science vessels and only science vessels?

    (Also, several Ask Cryptics ago someone asked if the IDIC Tribble would be making a comeback with the May release. Is this still a possibility?)
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  • elvnswordselvnswords Member Posts: 184 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    Soooo...You think an incoming communication through an open Comm. channel shouldn't alert the enemies monitoring the area?
    HOW does that make sense?
    Seeing as the NPC's can't attack you while you're cloaked, this is the only way to simulate them finding you through monitoring for such things as unauthorized communications.
    I think the bug is quite brilliant, in that regard.

    If you had asked them if they're going to fix the bug to where your cloak only drops when you're receiving a dialog box from any other source other than your BOff's, I'd have been right with you, but I disagree that receiving any kind of dialog box at all should not uncloak you, since an unauthorized subspace communication signal WOULD be detected by your enemies AND it's stopping point WOULD then be fired upon.

    What do you think about this alleged "bug", Mr. Stahl?


    I don't think you understand how radio communication, and thusly subspace radio communication works. The signal is sent out in every direction or directed to a certain sector, however it is available for view by anyone in the area. Your decoder on your ship we theoretically have, would then decode and allow you to view the communication but besides letting someone know you were still in the sector it wouldn't have a stopping point as you posit.

    As such, it is a bug, and it is a very annoying one in several PVE missions.
  • asimovukasimovuk Member Posts: 0 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    Is there any plan to make a dual monitor setup sometime in future it would make the game so much better if we had the ability to move some of interface to a 2nd screen
  • westx211westx211 Member Posts: 41,801 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    When will we see saucer separation on the Galaxy-X (Dreadnought Cruiser) or a fleet version of the ship?

    Will there be liberated Borg romulans for Lifetime Subscribers?
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  • mikeward1701mikeward1701 Member Posts: 0 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    With the recent decision to not allow Romulans to use the T5 ships of their ally :( could we have some T5 hybrid ships instead? T5 Ships featuring design elements and abilities from both sides of their respective alliances flyable by both?

    Klingon and Romulan ships already share several design elements, the real interesting ones would be combining Starfleet/Romulan starship design.

    Then of course there's the abilities, I'm sure we can all come up with ideas of which Federation/Klingon and Romulan powers could be mashed up in interesting ways.
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  • sechserpackungsechserpackung Member Posts: 135 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    Will we get more faction uniqueness?
    Faction specific Reputation trees?
    Will it be possible to keep the old hud?
  • kdawgenigmakdawgenigma Member Posts: 300 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    Will Rommies get a free retrofit ship at VA like Feds and KDF?

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  • firetrekkiefiretrekkie Member Posts: 43 Arc User
    edited April 2013
    hello I am wondering, although im sure its been asked, after the Beta Testing will those who have a rom char on it be allowed to transfer their char over to the Holodeck server or will cryptic be kind and do it for us and allow up to keep all that we have done as a reward and thanks for being a Beta Tester and transfer it for us?
  • pwebranflakespwebranflakes Member Posts: 7,741
    edited April 2013
    Thanks to everyone who submitted their questions for the April Ask Cryptic! I am going to ship these questions over to Daniel so he can pull some of them out and respond. The answers will appear in an upcoming "Ask Cryptic" Web Feature that should be released before the end of the month!

    Cheers,

    Brandon =/\=
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