"Ask Cryptic" is making its triumphant return! Please post your questions below, and dStahl will answer selected questions from all those received. Please post them today as I will ship questions off to Dan tomorrow morning.
Also, remember that questions will not be answered in this thread -- answers will be posted in an upcoming "Ask Cryptic" Web Feature that will be released in the beginning of March.
1) The Foundry roadmap post has not seen an update in over a year now. As you started this thread, I wonder will it be revisited anytime in the near future? If anything an update would be greatly appreciated. you reached a number of the goals listed on there but a good many are also not touched on yet. Any update, even if its 'moved to long term due to technical considerations' would be appreciated.
2) Before 'The Dark Time'(IE the wilderness days when Atari abandoned Cryptic) It had been stated by yourself and others that cstore items would be made available to authors for use in their projects. As of approx. march of last year, very few, if any, of these items have made their way into the editor itself. We have been told in the past that it takes time for hte hookups to be added to these items to make them work in the scope of the Foundry. While I can understand this takes time from someones schedule, will we see this rectified and the older assets added along with the newer ones? The Vedek outfits were in the foundry early, but removed, so they should be easy to put back into the editor since they are done? Is this correct?
2a)Going forward, can we possibly start seeing 'dual development' of assets so that they can be plugged into the Foundry in a timely manner? That way there is no need to go back and shoehorn things in.
3)Now that you have apparently stepped aside from the position of overall producer for the Foundry, has someone been appointed to that position? Are you managing a dual role of EP for STO and producer on Cryptic's foundry efforts?
What kind of exclusive KDF things can we be seeing in the short-term (in terms of content, features, any new ships etc.)?
The Qo'nos Targ area has been untouched since the First City's release in Season 4, will we be able to breed Targs that do the same job as Tribbles and will they also come with Attack Targ's at some point in the next few months?
What Foundry Updates will we be seeing in the next major Foundry update patch and when will that major update be?
Are we going to see any changes to crafting, especially with items that can only be gained from STF's? It's such a pain rehashing the same missions hundreds of times.
Even if there's no plan to add such items to crafting, I myself believe that rehashing the same mission time and time again spoils the overall gameplay experience. I don't mind redoing missions a few times but I've heard of people doing the same STF mission over 200 times. PLEASE CRYPTIC, sort it out.