I'd like it if they kept the current set of STFs as they are, and introduced some new ones that are like the old-school versions with multiple parts both space and ground. They'd take longer but would offer increased rewards.
Raid-like, I guess, but still for only 5 people.
Originally Posted by archofwinter
Why can't they merge them AND keep it the way they are?
Just add extra STF missions that are merged BUT with much greater rewards, and even bonus dillitium or marks for completion time.
If players don't want to spend much time on their game, then don't play the merged, instead play the regular mission.
These are kind of what I was suggesting.
I don't want the old "2-hour mega-grind STFs" back any more than the rest of you do, but a 30-minute ground and space mission wouldn't be too bad. In fact, it would be much like the current episode missions (except more intense).
And the original ground and space ones would remain intact as well, for players who prefer one over the other.
The merging of ground and space STFs was in fact the original STFs. There typically was a space battle, some harder then other, followed by a ground battle. The retro STFs in my opinion were a lot better then what we have now. Bring back the old STFs. Actually have two sets of STFs present and retro. Seriously how many of us veteran, at launch, players have gone to Gamma Orionis and sat 5 to 6 hours doing the back to back STFs just to get the remaining 3 pieces of the Borg set and only come out with 1 for that day? Raises hand...I did. There were no optional then...only death over and over again and again. We would actually plan a day for STFs so that we could prepare to waste a portion of our day in our lives in a game. We would have a pot of coffee made, an essential ingredient to any STF, a bowl of snacks and a sandwich at our desk. We would gather on Teamspeak or Ventrilo or whatever internet chat room the guild was using at the time and just....go....and have fun...dying a lot.
For the retro STFs the reward would be the retro Borg gear just as it was before. I am really disappointed that the Borg set got modified. I realize the original Borg set was nearly overpowering but this was the situation way back in season 2 and it was never dealt with. Oh sure they nerfed the RSP but didn't change the Borg set and now probably because someone got killed by a simple and yet creative modified build PWE decided to change the Borg set. Okay changes have been occurring dramatically since season 3 I can still almost adapt some more but it is creating a lot of frustration in myself and my fleet mates. Sorry I digress, originally I thought this would be the only way to get the Borg set but then realized most of the STO community would collectively groan. Then I thought why not? Let the new people experience the retro STFs as we, those that have been here since launch, the veterans have experienced it in all its glory with the same benefits. I am sure the complaining of the present day STFs will drop dramatically if anyone decided to try the retro STFs. Although there would probably be that ultra small portion, .0025%, of the STO community that would go around saying "That wasn't hard." Well...we won't talk about them here.
Then there was Terradome before it got nerfed. It was 5 versus 500. The first statement anyone made was "Why won't these ships die?" Followed by the "I've been watching this group for 5 minutes and none of these guys have flipped a coin yet". To "Holy cow there's a lot of Undine in here!" "Don't shoot the sacks hanging from the ceiling" was a common statement. Followed by the "Who aggro'd the room?" statement. I was playing Terradome with a fleet mate and some others that had formed a team in Gamma Orinis. We had gotten into the end room and started shooting the Sulu's and the Undine when my fleet mate started screaming "the sky is falling the sky is falling!" While shooting wildly into the hordes of Undine I became confused and said "What?" In a adrenalized caffeinated moment he frantically replied "Look up Undine Rangers!" I looked up to see a hundred Undine drop down from the ceiling. Good times good times.
I propose that the retro STFs be re-vitalized. The present day STFs would be a stepping stone to reach the retro STFs. Why? Simply put you would need the Borg gear to do the retro STFs to get the Borg space gear. Any veteran player will tell you that the Borg space gear is the essential to anyone's collection of space gear. If any limitations were to be imposed in access to the retro STFs then one should complete the MACO Team Specialist accolade. Although I hardly think it would be necessary since those who are fortunate to have the Mk XII drops will complete this accolade voluntarily. I'm still waiting for mine says the little blue guy as he goes forth onto the grind. In addition to the Borg space gear I propose that the rewards consist of 2000 dilithium and with 7000 xp. Both which are essential to the construction of the star bases. Nuff said.