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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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