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# 1 Ask Cryptic: February 2013
02-15-2013, 01:00 PM
In this brand-new edition of Ask Cryptic, Executive Producer Daniel Stahl delivers answers to player submitted questions.

These questions were asked last Thursday and Friday (2/7 and 2/8) in this thread, as well as in our French and German forums.


Link to the Ask Cryptic.
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# 2
02-15-2013, 01:15 PM
Very vague answers, but season 8 does look hopeful. No idea what he means by structural changes to the character creators. It sounds like they're just shifting the code around, but nothing new will happen with it.
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# 3
02-15-2013, 01:19 PM
Fantastic. Thanks. I really enjoy reading these.

Even though it's not always possible to fully answer all the questions, I like reading the answers given, and applaud you for attempting to answer them anyway.

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# 4
02-15-2013, 01:20 PM
SO a ship with more than 4 forward and 4 back slots??? Interesting


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# 5
02-15-2013, 11:55 PM
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Originally Posted by neoakiraii View Post
SO a ship with more than 4 forward and 4 back slots??? Interesting
I am thinking we might see a ship (e.g. perhaps the Kumari even?) with 5 forward and 2 aft weapons?

I don't think that any nine-weapon ships will be showing up until the level cap raise comes around and we have true Tier 6 ships (at which point all Fleet ships will probably get an additional 5-10% shields and hull to keep them competitive).
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# 6
02-16-2013, 12:00 AM
Wasn't there some talk about a ship that could mount cannons on its sides? Meaning maybe only one fore and aft weapon, but two port and starboard side slots to allow for full on cannon broadsides.

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# 7
02-16-2013, 01:23 AM
A broadside ship, captain gecko mentioned it sometimes, would be silly i think :/ ... i mean there is a trash factor but you know ... and we have turrets!


another point i want to say why are some complaining about this ask cryptic first it is only good as the questions (a question answered every month isnt good), second not every firma does somethink like this.
in the past he and the other devs said much more and everyone cryed because somethink changed and now they are more secretive ... think about: if you would be nicer to them they would be nicer to you ...

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# 8
02-15-2013, 01:34 PM
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Yes. We have someone working on changing the KDF tutorial right now.
1. Is this a "working in their spare time" statement, laudable as that is?

Quote:
If and when we release a Romulan faction, you can expect that it would set the stage for how a Cardassian, Borg, or any other faction would be introduced into the game.
... and perhaps a 're-introduction' for a renewed Klingon faction.


2. Will socketed gear be derived from the crafting system?



I don't understand how lockbox ships are seen by the developers as being "proportionally rare" when you can often find yourself in a PUG team with 4 out of five non-faction ships.

I don't think I'll ever understand the developer's obsession with expanding the Mirror Universe. I understand it has its fans, but, surely, its the prime universe which should be the content priority. I worry that if a MU centric FE series was ever created it would send the wrong signal to the devs on how many people played it. I feel we'd all play it because we like any content over no content - and not because we prefer the game to delve into the Mirror Universe instead of primary canon meat and potatoes.

... and yay for IDIC hopefully in May.
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# 9
02-15-2013, 05:57 PM
[quote=tsurutafan01;8097471]The sad part is the thing that excited me the most was the suggestion we might actually get a beagle pet. I'm so easy.

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I don't think I'll ever understand the developer's obsession with expanding the Mirror Universe. I understand it has its fans, but, surely, its the prime universe which should be the content priority. I worry that if a MU centric FE series was ever created it would send the wrong signal to the devs on how many people played it. I feel we'd all play it because we like any content over no content - and not because we prefer the game to delve into the Mirror Universe instead of primary canon meat and potatoes.
I don't either. But to be honest, I think he's just being poilte about the question. Just like he's being polite about mentioning possibilities for a Borg faction (that imo should never happen and never will), but we all know what is the next in line if there ever is a new faction added. So Stahl is being polite about sth. that might happen when we reach the actual 25th century.
I observe MU centric FEs just like that. Him being polite. I believe they have many other pressing and more important stroytelling content scheduled that that mess.
If this ever comes it'll probably come in pair with the Borg faction, in the 25th century

Oh and that might be actually something I won't play in STO. Not for being pig-headed & stubborn, I just don't relate to it. I used to jump those episodes in ST series.
Besides, since when a Universe is not enough?
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# 10
02-15-2013, 06:01 PM
I suspect the "interest in expanding the mirror universe" can be explained by the ease and low cost of reusing existing assets. Slap a new texture on a ship, maybe tweak the stats and console slots, done.
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