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Posted: May 5th 2011 10:17PM Zantom said

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Cool stuff. Though first place pick looks pretty weak to me. Especially compared to the 2nd place. Maybe the design is cool, but who could tell with the weak sauce image? Silhouettes?

Still all and all, very nice.

Posted: May 5th 2011 10:19PM Seldra said

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Grats to all the winners, those are some awesome designs!

Posted: May 5th 2011 10:25PM Saker said

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Don't care for the winning design, but many of the other ones are really amazing!

Posted: May 5th 2011 11:12PM AnathemaOne said

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Very nicely done! I really like almost all of them.

Posted: May 5th 2011 11:54PM mysecretid said

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Cryptic stumbled again, unfortunately, in communicating clearly with the playerbase.

There was a vote held on the official forums, asking players to choose their favorite design from among the submissions. Unfortunately, it was never made clear that the players' preferences would have /no/ guaranteed effect on the contest's outcome.

As a result, the majority of player votes favored a starship design which not only did not win, but which didn't even make it into the runner-ups list.

So, now, a loud faction are screamingly unhappy on the forums, behaving poorly as onlyinternet posters can, and its casting a pall over the proceedings.

Yes, perhaps the players should've known that, since current franchise co-owner CBS reserved the right to approve the winning design, that straight-across player/fan voting could never ensure the winner ...

... but Cryptic failed to make clear from the beginning that the poll was simply an opinion poll, and not an actual vote affecting the decision.

Posted: May 5th 2011 11:55PM mysecretid said

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@Tempes Magus

Enterprise vs. Voyager?

Stop nerd-trolling, Magus, it's beneath you.

Posted: May 6th 2011 12:31AM Hookan91 said

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@Tempes Magus The Slipstream ships is the Dauntless. http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/USS_Dauntless

The one that separate in 3 ships is the Prometheus. http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Prometheus_class

Posted: May 6th 2011 1:28AM FrostPaw said

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I prefer the second place ship to the one featured here which I assume is the winner?

The winning ship is triangular given all the star trek enterprise ships have been more curvy this seems to be contradictory. The second place entry while a little "fat" keeps the curves.

Posted: May 6th 2011 2:17AM ultimateq said

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@FrostPaw I completely agree. While the design doesn't look bad by any standard, it just doesn't fit in with the usual Trek style ship designs.

But looking at the site itself (linked above), I think the winning design may actually a different one. Which looks more Trekky.
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Posted: May 6th 2011 1:51AM entropyboy said

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The EVE version of design-a-ship was much more interesting, imo.
Star Trek ships are on the boring side.

Posted: May 6th 2011 2:00AM Space Cobra said

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Did Suricata enter the contest? Did he place? Which was his design?

Posted: May 6th 2011 3:31AM JonBuck said

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Was hoping Vektor's design would win. Oh well.

Posted: May 6th 2011 4:24AM Firix said

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@mysecretid That's what people get for not reading the official rules.

They stated many times that the voting would likely not effect the decision of who wins. Also, with the voting site being broken, the most popular ship may only have won at vote because of a select few people voting again and again.

Posted: May 6th 2011 6:25AM dudes said

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@mysecretid Pretty typical. Fight the powah!

Posted: May 6th 2011 8:03AM Greyhame said

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Echo a lot of the other posts where I don't really like the winner. The second palce would have been a better choice.

Posted: May 6th 2011 9:32AM Kaahn Stewart said

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I actually think the First Place ship was well picked. I also appreciated that the ship itself was actually bigger than the Galaxy-class, unlike the Sovereign.

Posted: May 6th 2011 1:48PM Dunnik said

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Wow. The player designed Enterprise-F is slick! As good as anything the legendary Okuda could do, and better looking than some of the ships the "professionals" have done for STO.

Just goes to show you, give your player base the tools, and they can create wonders.

Posted: May 6th 2011 2:15PM Lepton1000 said

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This winner is a travesty. The community's votes over at Star Trek Online had nothing to do with this selection. This ship cannot even be found in the listing for highest rated or most votes listing here:

http://www.startrekonline.com/enterprise/gallery

Clearly, Cryptic only selected this ship design as it is so vague and non-specific that there would be no intellectual property issues. The design is also highly morphable into whatever Cryptic would like to make it.

All of the vastly superior designs were very specific.

You suck, Cryptic!

Posted: May 6th 2011 4:48PM Vagrant Zero said

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@mysecretid Then those players are morons of the highest caliber. On average less than 10% of a game's playerbase makes use of the forums (whereas far more people make use of the site itself not to mention that the launcher had linked to the site and not the thread). Those self-entitled bastards thought at less than 10% they somehow had the right to dictate the entire proceedings?

Screw'em the pricks. I bathe myself in their tears.

Posted: May 19th 2011 8:21PM claytondora said

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I actually quite like the wining piece. It's definitely up-keeping the well-defined Enterprise aesthetic, but manages to look as if its more technologically advanced than the E-class, the last ship Picard piloted. Can't wait to see it turned into a pretty 3-D image.
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