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astimingpyle 03-26-2013 12:38 PM

Diplomatic Investigation = Minus fun
 
:mad:
Is there any reason to believe that "Diplomatic Investigation" actually leads to anything other then repeatedly doing the same missions over again and scanning anomalies? I'm beginning to think the fact that the mission does not even offer a reward is a clue that it's just a garbage mission apparently meant to fill your inventory with a whole lot of useless crap.

I wonder if the mission designer actually played this mission out, without using developer tools as cheats, and thought, "Yeah, this is fun. They'll love this!"

I'm under the impression that Diplomatic missions are supposed to be useful in some manner especially for DOFFs, but I'm starting to feel like I'm being punkt by the game developers.

Is there some methodology I'm missing to clear this mission, or am I better off dropping it, and never picking up Diplomatic missions?

tenkari 03-26-2013 12:43 PM

sometimes diplomatic investigation gives aid the planet missions as well, though all diplomatic investigation missions are non-combat so you will have a very small selection of possible missions.

at higher diplomatic ranks, you can even get first contact missions. these are rather neat and require a lot of reading and attention to what you read.

corethl 03-26-2013 12:44 PM

Let's see how many replies come in while I'm typing this. :)

Before there was a Duty Officer system, there was just Diplomacy. Diplomatic xp could be gained through doing the assorted non-combat exploration missions (like Aid the Planet), or through a few newer missions that rewarded Diplomacy xp. Diplomatic Investigation was added to help at least give the player a decent shot at guaranteeing a non-combat mission for the diplomatic xp instead of hitting star cluster after star cluster hoping to get one instead of "Blow up 5 sets of Romulans".

With the advent of the Duty Officer system, it's much simpler to get diplomatic xp, and Diplomatic Investigation remains a relic of an older time.

Edit: Only one response! I'm typing faster these days, it seems....

astimingpyle 03-26-2013 12:49 PM

So, I'm wasting my time then, and dropping would be my best course of action?

rifter1969 03-26-2013 01:02 PM

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Originally Posted by astimingpyle (Post 8824661)
So, I'm wasting my time then, and dropping would be my best course of action?

Not necessarily.

Granted that, as corethl posted above, they are hold overs, but... when combined with the explore star cluster and Strange New worlds daily, it is convenient. As they do count towards 1 of the 3 systems that have to be explored to complete those missions.

tenkari 03-26-2013 01:13 PM

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Originally Posted by rifter1969 (Post 8825021)
Not necessarily.

Granted that, as corethl posted above, they are hold overs, but... when combined with the explore star cluster and Strange New worlds daily, it is convenient. As they do count towards 1 of the 3 systems that have to be explored to complete those missions.

not to mention the diplomatic mission has a chance of helping you find that pesky "Aid a planet" mission in which you can complete the "needs of the many" style missions assuming you pick them up.

sirokk 03-26-2013 02:33 PM

The Diplomatic DOff missions grant the greatest amount of points. Sometimes I do the Diplomatic Investigations if it's along my way.

Diplomatic chain has the best rewards. I'm looking forward to being able to grant Diplomatic Immunity during the Tour the Galaxy runs, as others have done for me. There's a decent outfit too.

rifter1969 03-26-2013 03:02 PM

If I remember right... doesn't the diplomatic mission igve 20 DXp, and 1st contact gives 100?

celavazmy 03-26-2013 03:50 PM

As far as for me "Diplomatic Investigation" in star clusters always granted me 100 DXP and is a covenient way to complete "Explore Strange New worlds". It was always "Aid the Planet" and it takes just 30 seconds to complete one map.

astimingpyle 03-26-2013 04:33 PM

I dropped it.
I don't know what you folks are talking about.
I've had the mission for a few days and spent hours doing "Strange New Worlds" followed by simply exploring and analyzing. Sure, picking up Strange New Worlds once a day and getting 1400 Dilithium is fine, but I can do that without the Diplo mission, and I've done Strange New Worlds twice, while having the Diplo, and yes I made sure I picked up the right mission for the right system. It was in Klingon Space, can't remember the name off hand, but it did nothing towards the Diplo mission.

Is Diplomatic XP or what ever its called important? There seems to be so many different types of "points" to build up in this game, and the game is not very good at explaining what they are for, or why we might want to acquire them.

I've just been primarily doing missions and I am not accumulating much of anything except skill points, other then what ever seems to come in from successful DoFF missions.

I see I've earned things like Expertise from some missions, or something like that and I have no idea what it is used for.

I decided to try and complete one Diplo mission to see what it gets me, and how it benefits my DoFFs but it seemed like just a dead end mission so I dropped it today.


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