It really sort of depends. Since EC can't buy you very good equipment I find the normal missions not be as overall rewarding as either doing PvP or the PvE Star Clusters. In both of those the XP rewards are decent (probably a little better in PvE right now) but you also get Medals/Badges which are a better source of gear in the long run.
I've leveled 4 toons to Lt. Gen on the KDF side, the last two were only on cluster missions, I didn't even do the story missions. I'd guess it took me ~36 hours of game play and that's a high estimate.
uh wow??????????? 36 hours? thats all. thats great!
you mean actually doing the missions, you exluded going back to base to upgrade/rearm etc as you progressed right?
damn thats good tho... i hate just leveling
why do you only get 100 points or so for missions? on the fed side you get like 300 in the beginning and it goes up to like 567...
so you recommend levelling in an escort regardless if i spec out in the end because its blows npcs fast.
what recommendations can you make for the ground team? and which tac skills for my char to level for ground pvp?
Escort is a good ship, depends on your character though, I mean if you are running a sci character the BoP can be a great option too. Ground is going to be slow regardless. From Lt. to Cmdr I just skip ground missions unless they are something like "kill the tribbles" the xp is not worth the time. After Cmdr ground can speed up some though.
Also every time you rank there should be an Empire defense mission (i.e. Empire Defense vs. Feds for T1 and Romulans for T2). Do that very first mission because it will almost always be worth an entire lvl.
To each his own, but it is simple enough to warp out of ground maps.
True, but if I can avoid the Exploration content entirely, I don't need to needlessly go to two extra screens half the time.
In theory, I'd like Exploration Content, but ... man, the STO writer(s) really overdid it with the Klingon Tribble hatred. And that no one was able to catch stuff like Borgs looking for artifacts of their 3rd dynasty. The Devs really must have been under a lot of time pressure when they allowed that to go through.
Exploration and Ground Combat revamp can't come soon enough.