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Having quite enjoyed New Romulus (still working on T5 Rep), I've always wondered if the currently ghost town-like holiday planet social zone could be remastered in a similar manner.

As I've done with the ship interior proposal, I will be putting together a proper document - but first, I'd like to gather thoughts and opinions for some preliminary ideas I have.

About Risa
In STO canon, Risa is an M-class planet in the Sirius Sector Block, Beta Quadrant and a member of the UFP. Through the use of Weather Modification Networks and Seismic Stabilizers, the planet has become a popular interstellar holiday destination, known for its pristine beaches, tropical resorts and constant fine weather.

Current State In-Game (at time of writing)
Although ostensibly a RP-oriented social zone, it does not see as much activity as the major player hubs, for the obvious reason that it lacks any of the common conveniences STO players need (bank, exchange, mail, vendors).

Of the few NPC contacts depicted, the only two of note are the Commodity Brokers Ariana and Melangogg.

Proposed Revamp
The social map would be reworked into an adventure zone in the same manner as New Romulus, with various mini-games and activities rewarding reputation marks. These can then be contributed towards a simplified reputation system that unlocks story missions at each Tier.

The overarching storyline could involve a conspiracy of some sort that the player would have to investigate and resolve, possibly involving an Undine infiltration or a revival of the New Essentialists movement.

The mini-games the players participate in would be themed around non-combat PvP races or leisure activities - from an in-universe perspective, the player's continued patronage of these activities and facilities would gain them the trust of the locals, and help with the investigation.

Reputation System
The Risan Reputation System would be a toned-down version of its Omega and New Romulus counterparts, open to Captain (Level 30) players, with five tiers and a total completion time of around 30 days of continuous gameplay.

The sole input would be Risan Marks or Horga'hns on "upgrade projects" - the system would neither require nor reward dilithium.

In addition to unlocking storyline missions at the completion of each Tier, the player would gain access to more parts of a tropical resort complex, as well as off-duty costume unlocks (bikinis, speedos and broad shorts, anyone? )

Suggested Activities and Mini-Games
These activities would contribute toward's a player's Risan Marks or Horga'hns to be used in reputation projects and Risan store purchases
  • Rock Climbing at Galartha - the rock face and hand holds change as the player climbs them
  • Water-borne races - e.g. swimming, kayaking, hydrosailing, speedboating
  • Hoverball - a 25th Century version of volleyball?
  • Dabo - located at a Ferengi casino
  • Billards
  • Tennis
  • Water Polo

Ideas? Opinions?
I'd be keen on hearing them from you guys.

Game features I'd like to see improved / expanded: Better Ship Interiors // BOff Costume Slots
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01-07-2013, 03:15 PM
what about the kdf, risa is in a block thats requires X kdf to have the mauruder title?
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01-07-2013, 03:21 PM
Klingons, and getting all of those various minigames would be my main concerns.
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01-07-2013, 03:27 PM
Originally Posted by tacofangs View Post
Klingons, and getting all of those various minigames would be my main concerns.
What about making a better Risa Map? The current one sucks.
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01-07-2013, 10:44 PM
Originally Posted by mindmage2 View Post
What about making a better Risa Map? The current one sucks.
Actually I like the map. It just needs MOR.
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01-08-2013, 01:52 PM
Originally Posted by mindmage2 View Post
What about making a better Risa Map? The current one sucks.
Agreed. Both Risa and Andoria and well even Vulcan are disappointing. This concept would have been much better with actual resort buildings : I could see having a bunch of Doffmissions added like archeological digs dance parties etc. I also wish there was more to do on the 3 maps I just mentioned
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01-07-2013, 03:28 PM
Give the Klingons a targ hunting preserve and they will be very happy indeed
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01-09-2013, 09:14 AM
Originally Posted by sollvax View Post
Give the Klingons a targ hunting preserve and they will be very happy indeed
I like this. Give it a combined Risa/Andoria purpose and use it for hunting dangerous animals, dualing other klingons in melee tournaments. Maybe a "hunt the prisoner" mission that requires players to speak to locals with varying degrees of honesty.
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01-09-2013, 09:34 AM
Why not have scuba attire instead of "swimsuit" attire? You could get that onto any avatar, I'd assume. That would also open up the potential for serious underwater missions. You already have some of the mechanics worked out from "Boldly They Rode"'d just have to do some tweaking to get the movements involved in EV movement to turn into full-blown underwater maneuvering. (Illustrating my point that the two aren't THAT far off is the fact that astronauts sometimes train in a swimming pool to simulate microgravity.)
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01-07-2013, 03:29 PM
For Klingons, they would need their own "flavor" mini-games... Location: Rura Penthe, ofcourse

I do like the sound of this Risa proposal. Doubt it will ever come to existence, but I still like the sound of it. Risa, and Andoria are very nice looking "social zones". But there is no purpose to them at current, so nobody visits those places.

EDIT: I kinda agree with centersolace. Risa may be better suited for a "Summer Event" adventure zone, which -could- be accessable to both Factions. Although Risa is historically a Federation planet, there are times when Klingons have been given shore-leave access to Federation facilities. Most notably, Deep Space K-7 (Trouble with Tribbles), and Deep Space Nine (multiple times).

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