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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
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I finally made Vice Admiral yesterday, hooray!! Now I am confused some. Please give me some guidance on what I can do as VA. It seems kind of boring in some ways. Most missions do not give out the moderate to high skill points any more. I hear about "emblems", but have no clue what missions are the best to get them. What are they able to get my character? Can't I just buy some of the same things at the exchange? How come most of the missions given out by the commanders don't seem to include anything in fluidic space? Borg missions seem to be done, in fact when I do DSE's in the Gamma sector, most of them just let my ship "bump" up against them (the DSE) and never start anything. I have to really search down the "red" ones to do anything. PvP' wait times are long or people keep jumping out before they can begin. I lose patience after awhile and leave as well. I know I have said a lot here and I really do enjoy much of STO, but these are my concerns/problems with it. I don't want to get bored. So give me your advice/feelings/help with this.

Thanks much!
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 2
10-15-2010, 05:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Kurkling
I finally made Vice Admiral yesterday, hooray!! Now I am confused some. Please give me some guidance on what I can do as VA. It seems kind of boring in some ways. Most missions do not give out the moderate to high skill points any more. I hear about "emblems", but have no clue what missions are the best to get them. What are they able to get my character? Can't I just buy some of the same things at the exchange? How come most of the missions given out by the commanders don't seem to include anything in fluidic space? Borg missions seem to be done, in fact when I do DSE's in the Gamma sector, most of them just let my ship "bump" up against them (the DSE) and never start anything. I have to really search down the "red" ones to do anything. PvP' wait times are long or people keep jumping out before they can begin. I lose patience after awhile and leave as well. I know I have said a lot here and I really do enjoy much of STO, but these are my concerns/problems with it. I don't want to get bored. So give me your advice/feelings/help with this.
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1) You don't need skill points, as you have reached your skill point cap. Missions now give BO skill points and Starfleet merits... you use those for, amongst other things, fine-tuning your Bridge Officers.

2) Emblems come from certain daily quests. The Deferi aid dailies, the 'Vice Admiral' B'Tran cluster quests (From Karbo in your 'Hail Starfleet' list), and the Big Dig daily, for example. They're another currency for high-end gear from a specific vendor(s).

3) You can also buy gear from an exchange, as well as get it from drops. The best approach is all three... do dailies, hope for nice drops to equip or sell, and supplement with emblems until you 'max out' your character. Welcome to the endgame grind

4) According to recent Cryptic dev interviews, fluidic space is a work in progress. Watch this space (pun intended)

5) The DSEs are level-banded... if you're far enough away from the specific level, you don't get automatically pulled in. This is to allow people at higher levels to travel easily across zones without being caught by the damn things all the time.

6) PvP queues are a problem... and tend to be in most MMOGs. Cryptic is probably working on them along with the other issues on their list. Be patient, young grasshopper

Ultimately... the main source of end-game content at the moment is the Weekly Episodes. A new one is starting on Saturday. Other than that, PvP and the gear grind. Other than that, try get into a fleet and socialise/help people. Other than that, roleplay. Other than that, post in the forums

The other new and exciting possibility for end-game content is the coming UGC. I recommend keeping an eye on that. It has massive, massive potential if Cryptic get it right.
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
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# 3
10-15-2010, 06:19 AM
Thanks. Very imformative and a lot of help.
Two more questions.
What is UGC?
I still need to improve my skills in certain areas, you mean to tell me that this is now impossible? Only BO's can improve? If this is true and we are locked out of improving our characters's skills that that kinda sucks.
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 4
10-15-2010, 06:33 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kurkling
Thanks. Very imformative and a lot of help.
Two more questions.
What is UGC?
I still need to improve my skills in certain areas, you mean to tell me that this is now impossible? Only BO's can improve? If this is true and we are locked out of improving our characters's skills that that kinda sucks.
UGC is the 'User Generated Content' system that Cryptic are hoping to expose to the player base. There's a lot of talk and hype about it floating around in the forums, so it's hard to define precisely how it's going to work... but the general thrust seems to be that it's going to allow players to build maps, place and script mobs and dialogs and limited events on the maps, and then share those maps for the rest of the community to play in.
The first phase should appear on the test servers soon, and then we'll know more.

Regarding the skills... we cannot completely fill all of our skills. Part of the game involves fine-tuning the skills we have enough points for to maximise their effect. There are entire subcommunities who reverse-engineer the mathematical details of the skills, create spreadsheets and delve into arcane math, and generally argue about the best possible distribution of points for any particular class/gear/strategic approach combination.
STO is still a bit young to develop a fully fledged min-maxer community, but you can have a look at WoW's 'Elitist Jerks' as the definitive example
Anyway, the general approach is... decide which abilities you find you prefer to use, and then identify which skills are associated with those abilities, and invest your points accordingly. You probably have enough to fill out most of the skills you need, if you're careful.

You only have a limited number of 'free respecs', so be careful there as well. Extra respecs need to be bought
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 5
10-15-2010, 06:38 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kurkling
Thanks. Very imformative and a lot of help.
Two more questions.
What is UGC?
I still need to improve my skills in certain areas, you mean to tell me that this is now impossible? Only BO's can improve? If this is true and we are locked out of improving our characters's skills that that kinda sucks.
You will need to respec in order to improve your character. You cannot max out all skills. To respec you should visit Lt. Commander Okret at Earth Space Dock. You can use this earth space dock interactive map to find him, just click on his name in the list at the bottom of the page.

I suggest playing some more to learn more about your ship's weaknesses then get Bridge Officer skills to compensate. Keep fixing your Bridge Officer skills until you feel they are perfect. Then respec and use the filter to put skill points into the skills that are necessary to boost your Bridge Officer's abilities.
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 6
10-15-2010, 06:50 AM
refer to post above instead
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 7
10-15-2010, 06:51 AM
This seems like a thinly disguised typical end game/skill point cap rant. Its been at least a week sense the last one. So I guess we were due for another one
Lt. Commander
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# 8
10-15-2010, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by captnwan View Post
This seems like a thinly disguised typical end game/skill point cap rant. Its been at least a week sense the last one. So I guess we were due for another one
s'possible. Rather obscure approach, if it is.
Lt. Commander
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# 9
10-15-2010, 07:16 AM
I just did the same, capped out at vice-admiral. Right now I'm focusing on aquiring 'rare' bridge officers and aligning my skills with those of my crew. The respec tool is useful for this.

Question - Do all missions with (vice admiral) in the name award emblems?

Thanks in advance for the info.
Lt. Commander
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Posts: 120
# 10
10-15-2010, 10:07 AM
I've heard of "respec" but, embarassingly I know little of how it works. Can anyone add advice on this for me other than what was said above?
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