The Stream Team: Securing a summer ship in Star Trek Online

    
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Summer may mean sandy beaches (and Risa!) for many, but in Star Trek Online it also means a new ship! The celebrations this season have included working toward a free tier 6 spacecraft, and Massively OP’s MJ is just about to secure ownership of one. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to see her newest acquisition.

What: Star Trek Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, August 1st, 2019

The show is over now, but we’ve embedded it here just for you. Don’t forget to check out our past streams and videos collection, and stay tuned for our next show!
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I always check in on things Star Trek Online. Never watched the show, never played the game, yet it seems so intriguing to me. The game is a bit of an enigma to me. Is it an actual MMORPG where your character has a vast world to explore? Is it a game the likes of EVE where you spend all your time flying a ship?

I would at one point like to try this game out, but I keep holding it off because I simply do not know what to expect.

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Hikari Kenzaki

It’s a full-fledged MMO with multiple factions, land and space missions, a couple dozen gathering hubs and 100s of planets.

It’s free to play and relatively easy to jump into.

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Tanek

It’s a dangerous business, going into space. You step onto a starship, and there is no knowing where you might be swept off to. ;)

Definitely give it a try if you are curious about the game. Nothing to lose but the time and data it takes to download and jump in.

The various characters and storylines probably have a little more meaning if you already know some of the background of Star Trek, but I think it is a decent MMO either way.

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Yes it’s a real MMORPG.

You don’t spend all your time in a ship. Ships are important, but they are one part of the game. You have your captain, and also an away team that follows you (you can set the team to varying amounts of auto fighting or you controlling it).

You fully equip the team as well, and can also completely set up the looks of your entire main crew too (or leave it to randomness, or change it absolutely any time you want for free, if you want to jump in the game just let them be like they are and change their looks free later).

It is a fairly old MMORPG in MMORPG terms, but it has had constant updates all the way through its existence and there is *a lot* of content to go through now.

Although you can find different ways to play the game, the main game itself is very very heavily story based. It’s actually one of the best story based games out there (mostly all voiced etc), and you can take it in in bite sized sections of play that work with how much time you have. Only have 30 minutes? That’s okay, you can get a leg of a quest done in that time and enjoy a short little bit of fun to experience story along the way.

There is a handy little menu that helps you to see what story quests you’ve done and not done yet, and you can replay missions for rewards as well.

There are also places just to fight it out in quick multiplayer instances that are formed away from the main world briefly. Lots of people are taking part in those every day. The ship ones are far more popular but there are ground missions there too.

There are factions to grind up if you like to do that kind of stuff. But really no grinding is required in the game. Just play the story and you’ll max out fairly quickly. The game is really just beginning when you hit max level though. Some would feel it doesn’t really begin until you hit it, but that depends on what you want to do and how you enjoy playing.

They give away so much free stuff along the way that if you don’t have much money it’s a great game to play. Seriously they give out the highest tier ships constantly in one event after another (and they’re all different) plus you get lots of ships just playing the story line. That and you can mine dilithium which you use to trade for IAP currency. It’s not the fasest way to get IAP currency, but it works. And in the end almost everything from all game lock boxes can be traded in the in game store. So just earn normal money and in time you can buy any ship you want (not quickly, but you’ll get there in time).

The one thing that I would advise spending real money on is inventory and bank expansions. It will become really difficult to deal with the inventory you start with over time (not impossible, but difficult). So if you charge up money or trade Dilithium for money, I would really consider buying inventory expansions before anything else.

Although there is lots to do in the game, the story is really where it shines and why it keeps a place on my hard drive through the years. They’re still adding to it now and I want to keep stopping in to experience the new stuff as it comes.

Being free to play, there is little reason not to give it a shot for a while :D

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Hikari Kenzaki

Now then, my absolute, hands down, favorite ship in STO is the Sword of Light (named after Talyia) which is a T6 Hestia Class Advanced Escort. I just love the look of this ship, which is why it’s Hikari’s ship. It’s also the first ship I ever bought.

The NX-01 Refit that I posted in One Shots this week just tickles me in all the Trek Nerd places.

And lastly, the Miranda has been my favorite Trek ship since I first watched Wrath of Khan. That’s always been my goto ship in any online, pen and paper or just make-believe play through my life. So, when they updated the look of the Miranda to match WoK, I had to have it. I gave it a little of the 25C look while keeping that movie feel.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Images from the stream and before :)

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Geoffrey Tillman

My favorite ship in STO is the Romulan TOS Dreadnought

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Hikari Kenzaki

I do like the kitbash-iness of that ship.

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Geoffrey Tillman

It’s like they built a D’deredex out of a few TOS Romulan models