Some interesting reading from today, that I wanted to share.
Great STO Blog
The Engines Cannae’ Take It is still pretty new, but is already an excellent resource for any Starfleet captains interested in the details of how best to command their ships and plan their careers. An excellent example is BigBadB’s latest article about Skills, and some very detailed analysis of how to get the best use of your skill points.
Check out his blogroll for some other good STO focused blogs.
Van Hemlock STO Episode and Zink Interview
Randomessa mentions two things that I wanted to highlight.
First, Van Hemlock has an excellent episode about Star Trek and Star Trek Online. They talk about the different series and how each set a different tone, and some of the most popular episodes in the franchise and whether or not they would make good missions in the MMO. It is a good in-depth discussion of the IP and the different strengths of the mediums (television, movies, and games).
Second, there’s also an interesting interview up on Fidgit.com with Craig Zinkievich. These were some of the things I found most interesting in the interview:
- The team is planning to add more exploration and non-combat activities (like diplomacy) over the next year, specifically mentioning first contact missions.
- Some bridge officer AI quirks, “don’t give your bridge officers food, because right now they eat it right away. That’s disappointing if you’re trying to use them as extra storage bags.”
- Acknowledgement that the skill system could use more in depth explanation.
- Respecs should be out in the next one to two months and available through the C-store and earnable in-game.
Most of the interview is stuff I’ve already seen asked and answered other places, but this is the first interview where I’ve seen Craig talk about plans for non-combat missions.