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Peace and long life.

On the old forums I was Tyr-El, but had to change names because I can't use a hyphen in my name, and TyrEl is too short. But that's not the point of this post. The point is this:

I've been playing STO since shortly after season 1 launched. I'm not an MMOer, but I am a Trekkie. So, I've strictly played the game solo. I've also stuck to cruisers, because the Sovereign class is my fave ship, and it's a cruiser.

As the seasons moved on, my Tactical officer kind of fell by the wayside as crafting changed, and Diplomacy was added, and other new features. Last year when they did the FE rerun, I started a new Science captain. He's my crafter, he's my Duty Officer collector, all the new things have gone to him. While he's stuck mostly to Science ships, he's currently in an Oddy (as I said, I like cruisers).

Then last week they launched the Heavy Escort Carrier. I've been curious what a carrier is like, so I picked one up - and gave it to the original Tac character that's been collecting dust. I spent pretty much all the EC he had on the Exchange to go from Mark X rainbow beams to Mark XI DHCs and turrets.

Flying an Escort after sticking with cruisers for so long was like playing a completely different game. Wow, this is fun!

I looked at the some escort builds, and lots of them used the Borg STF gear. Problem is, as I mentioned, I'm not an MMOer. I've never done raids. Maybe now's the time to try?

So I queue up The Cure (Space). Lost out on the optional pretty much immediately, but that was fun! And at the end I got some sort of engine tech. So I check things out, and hey, I can trade this in for MACO Engines. Cool. Coolcoolcool.

I run Infected and KA, get some EDC and before long trade it in for my first Borg item, the Deflector array. So after, like, two hours I've gotten some Borg gear. Not bad, I could stand to run a few more, but it's late, and that'll have to wait until tomorrow.

So tomorrow (yesterday, as of this post) comes, and I run several more space STFs, getting the Borg engines. Now I've got 3/4 of the Borg set. Why didn't I do this earlier? I also manage to get the deflector tech to grab the MACO deflector. As the day draws to an end, I notice I have 6 Borg Salvage. A quick check with Roxy tells me that I can trade that in to get some purple weapons (in this case two DHCs and a photon launcher). Sweet.

I'm having tons of fun doing content I've never done before, and all it took was a new ship with a different build. So here's to the Armitage. And having decent luck with the RNG.
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# 2
06-20-2012, 07:42 AM
Well, someone's having fun....
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# 3
06-20-2012, 07:55 AM
Hey TyrEl,

Yep i'm pretty much the same, i love my cruisers too, and have finally got to Vice admiral rank (Although kept my Toon with Captain over his head with corresponding rank pins, i just like being a Captain) and i've just begun to do some STFs too, i agree they are fun. It's cool to get those good little drops afterwards, although i got a good little tip from a player called Carmenara, and she suggested to save EDC for buying ground armour and weapons e.t.c because they drop quite rarely in the missions, where as you can get the maco shields, deflector & Impulse engine from lucky more regular drops in space stfs :biggrin:. But saying that i did spend a few sneaky EDC on the Maco shield, because i just had to haves it . . lol, plus it gives your whole ship a neat looking skin.

Glad you're having fun, and hope to meet you out there during the raids.
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# 4
06-20-2012, 07:58 AM
I was already thinking I should save my EDC for the ground gear. I've got the Aegis Shields, and I'm happy with those. Good to hear that's the way to go for EDC spending.
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# 5
06-21-2012, 06:50 AM
Day 3 of STFing in the Armitage. Decided to pick up the Borg shields, just to try them out. Not a big fan of the regen shields. I think I'll stick to my Aegis covariants.

Managed to get 2 more salvage, so I picked up a purple turret. Otherwise nothing too exciting, beyond flying with Rainbow Brite and the Colour Kids. BFAW does look pretty when it's all different colours, I'll give them that.
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# 6
06-21-2012, 08:29 AM
Originally Posted by quintaris View Post
BFAW does look pretty when it's all different colours, I'll give them that.
LOL . . Kinda like the care bears stare :biggrin:
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# 7
06-21-2012, 10:05 PM
I am totally referring to a rainbow FAW as a Care Bear Stare from now on.

Wasn't able to play much tonight, but I did get one run of the Cure in. Decided to be different and do it with my Sci captain in his Tac Oddy. Totally different doing it with a beam boat instead of a cannon escort.

Got the Mark X MACO Engines out of the deal. Would have preferred to get the Rare Tech for the Mark XIs, but I'll take it for the faster speed in sector space.
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# 8
06-21-2012, 10:23 PM
Dont forget to grab the BORG console from the episodes, I love the 3 piece borg with MACO shields for my escorts, you get all the worthwhile set bonus with a excellent shield.
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# 9
06-22-2012, 01:53 AM
Glad to hear you're having fun in STFs

I'm also a big cruiserfan ... still flying my old lady with me engineer (reached 1K successful STFs last month on him).

So whenever escort gets boring, just try cruisertanking (can be fun, at least for me it is) or sci support (played well, this is great).

It's one of the really good changes to STO, the STF overhaul really helped to go the next step.
And the learning curve is not so steep as with PvP.
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# 10
06-22-2012, 02:18 AM
Have to say, ship variety is one of the many things I love about STO.

Though my primary choice of ship is a Sao-Paulo (T5) I love that, should I feel like it, I can swap to a Galaxy-X or Bellerephon (depending on which toon I am using) and have a blast in STF's in them.

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