Hey everyone! I have some exciting news to share. I've recently begun work on version 5 of the skill planner. This isn't just a simple update of ships, abilities, skills, etc. nor is this a fix for a bunch of bugs. I am completely redoing the skill planner from scratch.
You're probably thinking "WHAT?!?!" so I'll say it again. I am completely redoing the skill planner from scratch . Alright so now you're wondering why and I'll explain.
1) A few people have requested some features which would make this skill planner better. As a matter of fact it'll be more than just a skill planner, you'll get to save and share many aspects of your build such as ship equipment and space abilities, character equipment and ground abilities, and the most important part: you're skill tree.
Wait a second, that sounds like what we have now. Wrong! Okay maybe it does, but there is more to it. For example, after choosing your ship you can set up each item for your ship. Click on one of the Fore Weapons slots and choose the damage type, weapon type, mk, and rarity. Do this for each item of your ship. I know, that's cool
2) Another reason I'm doing it from scratch is because there were some things I wanted to do to this planner to make it better (both in front of and behind the scenes). I'm hoping that with all the changes I'm making, this skill planner will work faster and be more reliable.
3) With this major change I'm hopeful that I can easily add more features to it without it being too much work or breaking something else. One reason is that I'm introducing tabs for different information (Ship tab, Character tab, Skill Tree tab). So in the future if I want to add, for example, Duty Officers, I can just add another tab.
I know, you're very excited right now so it's time to let you down a bit. I don't know how much longer this will take to complete. I'm working as hard and often as I can but I want everything to be perfect. I was hoping to have this released on February 22nd which is the STO Academy's 3 year anniversary, but that doesn't seem likely. Sorry but you'll just have to wait.
One more piece of good news, I should be able to convert all of your current builds into the new format so nothing is lost. Version 5 is still in the early stages so I can't be 100% certain of how I'll end up doing things (my mind is always changing lol) but it really looks like you won't have to create your builds from scratch, just add new things to it.
So why am I torturing you with this exciting news? I want to make sure you all know that this skill planner is as important to me today as the day I created it. I want you to know that I haven't given up on it nor am I leaving it in the dirt. I have always updated it and will continue to do so.
I'd like to thank all of you who have supported this planner and suggested ways of improving it. I may have done the background work, but thanks to your ideas and loyalty this skill planner has become more than I ever expected. So I hope to see all of you using the new planner when I release it.
Unfortunately right now I'm not taking any suggestions for version 5. I have a lot of ideas and work ahead of me for it and I'd rather not add more to that. After version 5 is working and released you can return to suggesting new features.