One of the best things about STO is also the worst things about STO: PVP.
The mentality many of it's players have twords PVP ruin the matches though.
This afternoon I get challenged by a fellow... We set up the match and begin. Find each other trade a few blasts then he spends the next 45 min hiding and running away. I got tired of a zero to zero score and logged out.
I get challenged by a different person. Spent an entire hour looking for this person over every square inch of the map. I finally gave up and quit... got an angry message moments later "where did you go?" I told him my complaint and he said "lol I'm a sniper I was waiting 4 you to show yourself"
Two other attempted matches went the same way.
Folks... solo vs solo PVP doesn't work if you're going to camp out turn invisible and wait for the other player to run by. It only works if you get up and go looking for trouble.
Setting up ambushes and sniper nests is great for multi-player team events is JUST DOES NOT WORK for one on one.
When you get out of church and come PvP, make sure you yell out "God Wills It!" :p
But yeah, I hear you on the PvP. It use to be fun, but too many people will only PvP if they can win...and what I mean by that is like your scenarios...they will only PvP when they have the upper hand at all times. Then they will brag about how uber they are and how much you suck. Funny thing is, if you beat them, you obviously exploited.
Now days I just run in with my shields unequipped and go find the premade group to shoot me up, that way I can get my tokens.
IN THE NAME OF THE LORD! *syncronic cannon sound effect* CAN I GET AN AMEN! *another cannon blast* TASTE THE RIGHTOUS FIRE OF CHRIST! *yet another blast*
Funny part is I have that syncronic cannon thing and I used it on a nOOb today. He started *****ing about it being a hack then logged out. DO NOT CHALLENGE A HIGHER LEVEL PLAYER WHEN YOU ARE JUST AN ENSIGN... *****.
But yeah, I hear you on the PvP. It use to be fun, but too many people will only PvP if they can win...
Well, I'm terrible at pvp, I've started doing it just recently to get better. If I challenge someone in a one on one match, it's with a ship that I know has flaws and I expect to lose. Then I thank the person for their time, then go reconfigure my ship and try again.