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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 12:04AM laggyd said

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I was messing around with this on the PTR.

All kinds of new missions are available inside the ship. Anything from ordering a drink in the mess hall to building a torpedo platform.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 12:09AM Daemodand said

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Here's hoping they move the talking heads to your viewscreen/bridge.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 1:01AM Joaquin Crowe said

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Sounds like a lot of running around. /grump

Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 4:59AM Unverfied B said

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Ugh, i really wish someone more competent and well funded could get their hands on this IP. The whole duty officers system is interesting in concept, but (from a very cursory look, a couple of months ago) seems as unpolished as the rest of the game.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 5:00AM Unverfied B said

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@Unverfied B

And not sure how this ended up here as a reply, it was intended as a level comment on the article itself.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 1:30AM Deliverator said

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It'd be cool to be able to be moving while inside your ship. Battles from the bridge are probably out of the question, but being able to plot a course from the bridge would add something imho.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 9:09AM Cyclone Jack said

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@Deliverator

Agreed. Setting a course and then running around and talking to your crew would be a good 'next step'. Even have a red alert flash when you get close to a space battle (with a quick pop up in a corner, accepting the fight, or something similar).
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 8:57AM (Unverified) said

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Imagine a game where you needed other players to play individual roles on your ship to make it go. One person is the captain, one person is the helm, one person is comms, weps, engines, etc. And each had complex skill reqs and gameplay. Now that would be a multiplayer game.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 9:06AM Cyclone Jack said

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@(Unverified)

Except when the helmsman is sick or goes on vacation. ;) However, I do think something like this would be a great Option in a game based in the ST universe, almost like a guild ship.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 10:27AM Hookan91 said

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@(Unverified) Its called Starquest Online. The game is currently using the subscription model ($10 for 1 month, $25 for 3 months), very buggy and the graphics are horrible.

But some guys bought the game from the creators (who completely forgot the game) and are preparing to re-launch the game (with Better graphics, more features and less bugs) F2P.

If you want to try it, there is a 30-day Trial.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 10:46AM Joaquin Crowe said

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@(Unverified) Conceptually it's a compelling idea, but relying on so many other people just for one player to be captain has too many problems.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 1:33PM StClair said

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@Joaquin Crowe
As Puzzle Pirates (my first MMO) has unfortunately demonstrated - everyone wants to be the Captain, nobody wants to be Galley Slave #12.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 3:40PM AnathemaOne said

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@Joaquin Crowe

Indeed, the player-crewed ships, while a nice fantasy, would have probably been absolutely terrible in practice.
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Posted: Mar 23rd 2012 7:59AM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified) What if it was a carrier. You have some people in command, some in ships, some on guns, etc. Its basically like an dungeon.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 9:07AM Cyclone Jack said

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Overall, it is an interesting concept. I'll have to check it out in a week or so. The idea of having crew on your ship be more than clutter is something that should have been there for a while, thought he DOff system could end up filling this quite nicely.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 9:40AM Azules said

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Just gotten back in to STO now I have time for games again, and I must say I'm having a real blast, The new feature episode and now this update are reasons to stick around for me. even when things are quiet or I don't feel like running missions, I can chill playing the Doff Collectable card game (basically what the system is) And now, I actually have a reason to tear around my ships interior. So yeah, can't wait to give it a try.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 9:44AM Critical Mass said

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Did something change to STO or am I en error perhaps; I thought that STO had oversized playgrounds/bridges. The room seen in the image here looks fairly realisticly sized.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 10:10AM laggyd said

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@Critical Mass

That's a bridge you have to pay for :P

It's called belfast. it's a copy of the ds9 defiant... as close as they can get to it at least.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 4:18PM cdheer said

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@Critical Mass A couple of new C-Store bridges (the Belfast/Defiant and the TOS Constitution) have much better dimensions. There's talk about releasing more and/or cleaning up old ones, but no tellin gwhen that will actually happen.

I like this. You don't need to do any of these DOFF missions if you don't want to, but this has a nice RP feel to it.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 1:27PM (Unverified) said

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I agree it would be difficult, but its just an ideal. Imagine if the entire MMo was contained within the Enterprise instead.
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