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Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 457
# 55
11-22-2012, 05:04 PM
OK, so... the Foundry missions are available again, and this is a good thing.

And the new change, where only some of them qualify for the Officer Reports mission, is now live... and this is, fundamentally, also a good thing, because those "click the panel three times to get dilithium" things were, well, a bit of a cheek.

But... I've just spent more than an hour trying to get through two Foundry missions, and in both cases it wasn't possible, due to a bug - a missing NPC contact in one, a non-responsive waypoint marker in another.

So I had to drop them both, and didn't get to complete my Officer Reports today... which makes me make my "sad puppy" face, and which also makes me wonder if this sort of thing needs to be dealt with.

I mean - it's frustrating for me (because I don't get to finish the story), and it's frustrating for the Foundry developers (because I don't get to see how good their story is, and if reviewing were available, I would be marking them down for having a non-finishable mission), and it's a strong disincentive to using the Foundry, because I only have a limited amount of time to spend on STO, and spending that time on stuff I don't get rewarded for - well, I would be better off doing STFs or hitting New Romulus, wouldn't I?

It does look rather as though some bugs have crept into some Foundry missions, because the two I was trying have been around long enough to collect a substantial number of (mostly positive) reviews, which they wouldn't get if they didn't work.

But this has always been an issue, especially if (as I do) you try the relatively untested missions on the "Review Content" tab... because a lot of those don't work properly. So, you can wind up spending a darn sight more than 15-20 minutes on a Foundry mission, and get nothing out of your efforts, because of bugs, or poor design, making them impossible.

Now, I'm not entirely sure what could be done about this, but I feel inclined to say that Something Should Be Done. Anybody got some constructive ideas as to what?