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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 8
10-28-2010, 02:44 PM
Originally Posted by LotD
What was that one about again?
Search for the mining ship.... that is directly in front of you when you arrive in the mission.

Escort the mining ship... to the location directly in front of it.

Basically you fly straight ahead for about 5 seconds, click through one pop-up box, turn 90 degress to the left, balance power, drop the throttle to about 60% and then go do laundry or wash dishes or cook food and come back five+ minutes later to find you've completed the patrol mission while you were afk.

There is no story, no drama, no urgency, it is literally the most boring and dull mission I think the game has and it's in the very first set of patrol missions that you do.

It could have had the mining ship trapped by rocks that you needed to free them from, or you could have had to beam aboard for a very short non-combat away team sequence where you helped them get their engines online again, or any number of a long list of things the mission could have had you do that would have added to the story and made you feel like you accomplished something or that you actually took part in doing something, other than what it is now.

The hardest part of doing a re-write of it will simply be choosing between which of the many many ways the mission could be improved while still keeping it short enough to be a 'patrol' length mission.