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I know The Exchange isn't cheating as such otherwise it wouldn't be in the game however I've just been looking at recruiting a new Bridge Officer and I notice that on the exchange you can buy Very Rare Officers for ridiculously low prices whereas at Space Dock you need to use something called a veteran bridge officer reassignment form which I assume you have to earn through hard graft or you just have to see if you find a good officer by luck while playing yes?

Would you advise a newbie to buy these officers at the exchange or is it more legitimate to get them via the proper game mechanic?
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# 2
02-05-2014, 06:06 PM
You can also get purple quality brigde officers by doing some doffs assignments. I guess most of those bridge officers on the exchage were acquired that way, and if they don't have the right traits or abilities, they are sold for a ridiculously low prices.

Especial boffs, however, like the C-Store boffs, or the boffs with rare/useful abilities/traits can be very expensive
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# 3
02-05-2014, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by shireknight View Post
I know The Exchange isn't cheating as such otherwise it wouldn't be in the game however I've just been looking at recruiting a new Bridge Officer and I notice that on the exchange you can buy Very Rare Officers for ridiculously low prices whereas at Space Dock you need to use something called a veteran bridge officer reassignment form which I assume you have to earn through hard graft or you just have to see if you find a good officer by luck while playing yes?
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Actually, the Veteran BO form was given out during the last STO Currency realignment to players who got badly 'shafted' in the exchange process.. This can be used to purchase a special BO with extra-ordinary Veterans attributes, and is not comparable to your normal Purple BO...

These Forms are not available through normal game play, though sometimes you can find them posted for astronomical prices on the Exchange...
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# 4
02-05-2014, 06:52 PM
The Veteran Reward Requisitions are extremely rare. Even beyond what one one would consider ultra-rare. The Veteran Requisition Forms were only earned by 0.007% of the player population at start of Season 5.
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# 5
02-05-2014, 06:58 PM
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The Veteran Reward Requisitions are extremely rare. Even beyond what one one would consider ultra-rare. The Veteran Requisition Forms were only earned by 0.007% of the player population at start of Season 5.
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Actually, the Veteran BO form was given out during the last STO Currency realignment to players who got badly 'shafted' in the exchange process.. This can be used to purchase a special BO with extra-ordinary Veterans attributes, and is not comparable to your normal Purple BO...

These Forms are not available through normal game play, though sometimes you can find them posted for astronomical prices on the Exchange...
Right so forget recruiting Very Rare officers via Starfleet recruitment officers it's simply not going to happen -got it


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You can also get purple quality brigde officers by doing some doffs assignments. I guess most of those bridge officers on the exchage were acquired that way, and if they don't have the right traits or abilities, they are sold for a ridiculously low prices.

Especial boffs, however, like the C-Store boffs, or the boffs with rare/useful abilities/traits can be very expensive
Cool, I shall not use the exchange for officers then and try my luck with the doffs assignments, missions and general gameplay instead then


One other question -I don't suppose Bridge Officers and Duty Officers slowly turn into Very Rare Officers as they get more skilled do they?
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# 6
02-05-2014, 07:08 PM
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One other question -I don't suppose Bridge Officers and Duty Officers slowly turn into Very Rare Officers as they get more skilled do they?

No they don't.

But you can sort of do it. You can't change their traits which is one of the thing that make's then VR. But you can train them in certain rare abilities which only show up in VR Boffs. For example, if you acquire a VR BOFF that has a desired ability, but the race, gender,etc. isn't to your liking. You can use the VR boff to train one of your commissioned BOFFs with that skill. That "uses" up the VR BOFF.

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# 7
02-05-2014, 07:13 PM
If you want to improve the quality of your boffs, what you do is:

1. Save the appearance of each of your current boffs and write down their names.
2. Buy some very rare boffs of the same species and gender as your original officers
3. Discharge the original officers
4. Paste the names and appearances onto your new very rare boffs.
5. Go to the boff trainer on ESD (he's next to the door to sickbay) and train your boffs in the skills that you want.

Make sure not to discharge an officer until you have their replacement. Some boffs cost more than others, depending on their traits, species, and gender (female boffs are almost always more expensive than male boffs with the same traits and species).

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# 8
02-05-2014, 07:14 PM
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Right so forget recruiting Very Rare officers via Starfleet it's simply not going to happen -got it
No. You're in fact 100% GUARANTEED to get some Very Rare (purple quality) bridge officers via Starfleet simply from levelling up.

But you're not going to get the VETERAN type officers. That's different.

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Cool, I shall not use the exchange for officers then and try my luck with the doffs assignments, missions and general gameplay instead then
Correct. You don't need to buy the Very Rare/Purples, if you don't want to. In the long run, you're going to have more bridge officers of that quality than you can personally use.

That's why there are so many, sold so cheap, on the Exchange.

But for the same reason, you shouldn't feel bad about buying one if you want it. The main reason people purchase bridge officers is to get a specific type they want - let's say, you really want a Vulcan Male Tactical Officer.

You might be lucky, and you might get one as a random reward. Or you might not.

Or you want an officer that comes with a power that's only available on random Bridge Officers - it isn't trainable by a player character or purchasable from a vendor. Like Auxiliary to Structural Integrity Field III or Dispersal Pattern Beta III or something. So that's a reason to buy an officer.

But if you don't care, then you can just try your luck.

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One other question -I don't suppose Bridge Officers and Duty Officers slowly turn into Very Rare Officers as they get more skilled do they?
They won't upgrade. The quality colour of a Bridge Officer is mainly determined by the quality of traits - passive skills - that they have. I mean things like "Covert", "Efficient", "Leadership", "Creative", and so on. Your player character has traits as well, if you recall.

The thing is, traits are a relatively minor consideration. There are very few Bridge Officers available to Federation and KDF characters that have space traits - most of the traits are for ground combat.

This means that there can be effectively ZERO difference between an uncommon green Bridge Officer and a very rare purple Bridge Officer, if you're only using them to occupy a space slot on your starship. It's likely the very rare purple Bridge Officer only qualifies as purple due to superior GROUND traits - and if you're never beaming down with them on your away team, there's no difference.

(As a side note, this is why Romulan bridge officers are quite expensive on the exchange, on the Romulan side of the game. Romulans, and Remans, have good space traits. People generally care more about space combat than anything else.)

There is one other consideration. Purple and blue (very rare and rare) bridge officers generally come with active powers that can't be acquired by other means. I mentioned this earlier. But that's only a factor if you care about those powers in the first place, and in practical terms some are more desirable than others. And of course you can also use the purple or blue officer to train a green officer, transferring the power over - there's no reason to keep the officer around just for that.
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# 9
02-05-2014, 07:38 PM
Oh wow some really detailed, useful advice guys thank you

and as for this :-

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Originally Posted by alexmakepeace View Post
If you want to improve the quality of your boffs, what you do is:

1. Save the appearance of each of your current boffs and write down their names.
2. Buy some very rare boffs of the same species and gender as your original officers
3. Discharge the original officers
4. Paste the names and appearances onto your new very rare boffs.
5. Go to the boff trainer on ESD (he's next to the door to sickbay) and train your boffs in the skills that you want.

Make sure not to discharge an officer until you have their replacement. Some boffs cost more than others, depending on their traits, species, and gender (female boffs are almost always more expensive than male boffs with the same traits and species).
this is a genius idea lol
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# 10
02-05-2014, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by lordfuzun View Post
The Veteran Reward Requisitions are extremely rare. Even beyond what one one would consider ultra-rare. The Veteran Requisition Forms were only earned by 0.007% of the player population at start of Season 5.
Really? Now i really wonder how i got mine ... was this percentage actually posted somewhere, cause i don't believe it's that low. I heard it was 1% of the playerbase.
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