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Posted: Dec 31st 2011 4:17PM dudes said

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If only we got the pay that they do for making content.

Posted: Dec 31st 2011 4:47PM DeyvidKDF said

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batlh Qu' yIta'! Accomplish the mission honorably!

The ability for players to create their own content, and for Star Trek fans to tell their own Trek-inspired stories is definitely what makes the Foundry a beloved feature in STO, as well as a significant selling point when marketing the game.

I wish more games would include a tool or add-on that would allow for customizing maps and story content, even when it is only using the pre-existing assets (objects, textures, etc.). Early on, when describing the Foundry to friends and forum members, some thought that it would be akin to Second-Life-style UGC wherein players actually create and import new character models, textures, and objects -- for some this was considered a plus, for others a minus. One person was relieved that the Foundry would be limited to pre-existing assets already found in STO because they did not want to see STO players creating and importing Star Wars vehicles or Transformers etc.

The STO game has been experiencing a content drought overall, as described by Terilynn, but the Klingon faction has been suffering a severe lack of content for much longer, to the point that some players have described it as glorified Monster Play (in reference to MP in Lord of the Rings Online). Cryptic has been making efforts to flesh out the content and gameplay for the Klingon faction, but it is still woefully lacking in comparison to the amount of content available to Federation players. This is another reason why the Foundry is greatly appreciated by players who want more PVE content on the Klingon side.

I have dabbled with mission-creation in the Foundy, and while fun it can be difficult or just time-consuming for the beginner, the videos and support from the Foundry podcasts and websites definitely make it easier to jump in and start making missions. I have been increasingly inspired to return to the Foundry and create missions for the Klingon faction.

Thank you for another great article Terilynn! majQa'! ("Well done!")

Qapla'!

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 10:26AM TerilynnS said

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@DeyvidKDF Deyvid - very nice to see you here! Thanks for the compliment, and an even greater compliment was to hear that you actually fired up the Foundry tool!

I look forward to playing whatever mission you develop! (BTW, I have a level 25 Orion, a nice mission that she could play would be great!)
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Posted: Dec 31st 2011 11:08PM Chief Oddball said

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I really don't have much time for MMOs -- in fact, STO was the first one I ever tried, way back during the pre-launch beta period -- but I liked it. Not enough, however, to devote entire evenings to it. But I've been a huge fan of Star Trek and the huge world of fiction it has spawned (most specifically the pocket novels), and being a creative writer myself, the Foundry sounds like great fun. I look forward to going back and trying it out once the game goes F2P.

Posted: Jan 1st 2012 12:57AM The Grand Nagus said

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I definitely love the Foundry, but I dont think it is really a valid "response" to the issue of an official content drought. I look at it this way: if someone has painful disease they might take medication to ease the pain, but that pain medicine is not a cure to the disease itself. The Foundry might ease the pain of the content drought, but it doesnt really address the real problem. Only Cryptic can do that, what they plan to do beyond the next FE remains to be seen.

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 10:13AM TerilynnS said

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@The Grand Nagus Terilynn here GN: Good to see you here. As you know, I never meant this article to mean "you can replace" Cryptic's content (or lack thereof) with your own; but merely as a means to entertain yourself and other during a drought which will all know will NOT be addressed until at least February.

People are rightly upset about the content drought, however it's possible that a majority of those people never have checked out Foundry missions. You of all people understand how great these can be (you have your own incredible list!) and I just wanted to spread that word a little bit farther. t
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Posted: Jan 1st 2012 1:20AM Davevis93 said

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I think made a mistake there: "since March, 2012, when the last featured episodes, the Reman-focused Cloaked Intentions missions, were released. " 2012 huh? STO sure is forward looking ;)

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 10:14AM TerilynnS said

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@Davevis93 It is, indeed, a typo. :( I think I was already in the 2012 mindset when I wrote it. I couldn't have kicked 2011 out fast enough.
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Posted: Jan 1st 2012 3:17AM (Unverified) said

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like all the changes to the game so far, cannot wait for the upcoming dominion content, hope it's alot more then the content for the borg.

Posted: Jan 1st 2012 8:24AM (Unverified) said

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It's silly to limit F2P'rs to one slot, or to charge for content we're generating for the game.
If anything we should be REWARDED for producing quality content!

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 10:24AM TerilynnS said

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@(Unverified) It's an understandable feeling. However people make Trek productions usually for the mere love of the genre. And in the case of the Foundry, they didn't need to give us this tool at all. People who don't want to make missions aren't forced to in the least, yet all of the missions that have been made are readily available to be played by everyone. Again, players aren't forced to play those missions either (although now there is a nice dilithium reward for doing so during the Officer Reports event).

As for a reward for making content - they're there - they're just a bit more ethereal than you might expect.
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 9:47AM Lorell said

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Maybe I understood it wrong, but aren't F2P account restricted to NOT be able to create Foundry missions at all?

Anyway, I really love the idea of creating my own mission which other players can later play and enjoy (if I even would have enough skill to make interesting one :P ), but still I think it should be an add-on to solid missions made by devs not like "sorry, we don't have time/money/ideas to make content for you, but look u can make it yourself". It's sweet and lovely addition which allow players to share theirs own projects and ideas but it can't replace new content :/

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 10:18AM TerilynnS said

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@Lorell I will have to double-check on this as now I've seen conflicting information about it. The martrix shows silver members as having to unlock slots with dilithium first. I will follow up again.

And as I said above, I never meant for the article to reflect that Foundry should ever replace formal content - but it IS there to be relied upon during these periods of drought. There are so many players who don't even know it's there!

I'm glad you all seem to feel the same way about UGC though. I've had a ball playing through them. I have ideas for 3 of my own missions, but until a few upgrades are made to the tool, I'm afraid they'll have to wait. :)
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 10:25AM Lorell said

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@TerilynnS I've checked matrix again, few secs again and indeed it says that F2P have to unlock it... wondering how much it will cost :/
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 10:40AM TerilynnS said

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@Lorell Thanks Lorell - It's my understanding that slots will be unlockable with dilithium (which can be earned in game) however it's not clear as to how much dilithium it will take.

I am sure they will also be made available for C-Store points for those people who want to avoid the grind...

Thanks so much for your feedback! When more comes out about the matrix, I will be sure to clarify it again!
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Posted: Jan 4th 2012 4:53PM TerilynnS said

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@Lorell A bit of follow up reflects it will take 10k dilithium to buy 4 mission slots.
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Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 9:11PM Vic Fontaine said

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Can't wait for this to go F2P, I've had my eye on it since it came out :)

Posted: Jan 2nd 2012 10:18PM TerilynnS said

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@Vic Fontaine (great user name!) I am hopeful that the F2P launch will allow more Trekkies to experience the game. It won't be the same of course - but to be honest, I like some of the changes that they've made. (not all, mind you, but many.)

Trek should be shared by all of its fans, regardless of how much they can spend.

I hope you end up liking it! t
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Posted: Jan 3rd 2012 2:10PM MonkeyTiez said

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I'm glad the Foundry is getting more attention brought to it. It is amazing what you can do, considering all the missions that have been made and the ones being pointed out. Many have mentioned Foundry mission that rivial Cryptic's own. It is really daunting but worth the time to learn it! Great article Terry!

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