Star Trek Online’s Iconian War begins today

    
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If at first you don't succeed, alter the timeline.
For the past five years of operation, Star Trek Online has built up to the conflict with the Iconians. Now it’s time for the Federation, the KDF, and the Romulan Republic to face off against this ancient foe, starting today. The game’s most recent patch has gone live, pitting players against the race that was ancient before humanity even gazed up at the stars.

Naturally, they’re trying to destroy everything because these ancient races that were sealed away can never turn out to just be, like, super friendly.

The update features three new queues for players to take part in, a new reputation, and new episodes featuring the voice work of Robert McNeil (Captain Tom Paris) and Lisa LiCicero (Lieutenant Miral Paris). There are also special rewards for players who log in to check out all of the changes during the first week that the patch is live. So strap on a phaser and get ready to take on the Iconians – it’s a fight that’s been a long time coming.

[Source: Season 10 announcement]
Update: Cryptic has announced an extended downtime for Wednesday morning to address serious bugs introduced with this patch, among them a bug causing missing bank, exchange, and mail items. “There is a fix currently being worked on for this and no items will be permanently lost,” says the studio.
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The Iconian update turned the Beta Quadrant into Barrens Chat.  XD
It also introduced a truck load of new (and reintroduced some old) bugs.
Apart from that, the map updates are fantastic and overall ++kudos for the designers for taking the game in the directions it should have been taken years ago.

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Sazri flatline4400 Yeah, further testing reveals that you have to use a top with bare arms.  Cant seem to find one that works for the KDF Romulan though.

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Peregrine_Falcon  BIG TOS fan. That said, even I realize MANY times the episode started out with the ‘We are here to Explore, Map, etc.”; BUT then the ‘plot complication popped up that WOULD be the actual focus of the entire episode and had little to do with ‘Exploration’.
The only thing TNG often added to the above equation was 40+ minutes of meaningless technobabble discussion (or preaching if it was a ‘social’ piece) followed by Data/Geordi releasing the main Deflector to emit the ‘Particle of the Week’ to ‘fix’ the issue in the last 5 minutes (and again if a social piece – Picard’s preaching was found to be the ultimate ‘correct’ solution to the social issue that was the episode’s focus.)
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Unfortunately these paradigms don’t really translate to interesting MMO gameplay (or single player gameplay. I mean show the the ‘Exploration scenarios that were part of Interplay’s ‘Starfleet Academy’ or ‘Klingon Academy’ and show me the ‘Exploration’ campaign track in ‘Starfleet Command or SFC2 or SFC3.)

Again, I LOVE TOS (and to a lesser degree TNG) – but to do understand that what was shown on the episodes wouldn’t translate well into a PC game – and so do the developers of said games over the years.

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I’m still stuck on that mission in which Benthans deputize you to fight three waves of Kazon.

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Peregrine_Falcon ITPalg Devil Olive The +1 ships in the C-Store can all be gained simply through playing. The very definition of pay-to-win-faster, AKA Convenience.

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Loving the sector space revamp. Space travel feels bigger

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I hate lock boxes as much as the next guy, but the game is completely free! And it’s a quality game which costs money to create and maintain…. Even options that in other games would cost (appearance designer for example) are free… How else would you have them make money? From players good will donations?

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Game is in some aspects better than ever before by now, but so is their ability to release ever more lottery boxes and ever more expensive shop items in ever shorter intervals. PWE wants more money, open your wallet.

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Spacejesus3k The diplomacy system in Vanguard was a really nice attempt though, basically play a card game to sway the NPC into giving you info.