I'm starting this post so people can post their STF experiances. I thought it might be fun.
Here's one that I just compleated.
I qued up for a Cure Normal. I'm just 2 away from the 300 Accolade so i wanted to get it out of the way quick.
I must have entered one that was already partway completed because there were 7 minutes left on the clock and one of the nodes on the first cube was already dead.
All 4 of the other ships were oddys with technicolor rainbow beams, all 4 had accolade points under 3500 and all 4 were at the Kang shooting away at several BoP's.
I figured 4 ships, they could handle it. I said "HI" and flew on to the first cube. That's when I saw one node was gone.
I proceded to kill the other nodes and the first cube by myself.
That's when I figured there must have been someone else who knew how to do the STF who got fed up and bailed.
I flew on to the next cube. One of the nodes was dead there also. I started killing away and called in Fleet Support because none of the other ships were answering any hails.
This part is odd... My fleet support and the turret I had dropped were shooting at the cube, not the nodes and the cube blew up at the same time the last node blew up. I've never seen that happen before. I'm sure my CSVIII was hitting it too but I'd still never seen it happen before.
The other 4 ships are still pounding away at the kang and time ran out as i was flying to the last cube.
I killed the two raptors then started at the nodes. I also noted here that a couple of the nodes were gone.
After a couple minutes the cube died and I look back, the other 4 are still shooting away by the kang.
I flew to the kang and hailed it, the other 4 are well within hailing range but none of them could figure that out.
I clear out the remaining BoP's and Raptors and here comes the Carrier.
Low and behold, now there are 4 ships shooting the BoPs and TELLING EACh OTHER TO KILL THE BoP's FIRST! One ship flew off 70k. I guess he was scared.
Needless to say, I finished the Carrier by myself.
I could see why whoever I replaced had bailed.
Moral of the story?
Dump the Technicolor/Rainbow Beams. Turn on your chat screens and read the forums about how to do STF's before you try them. And finally, If you want to win don't do PuGs.
I must have good luck with STF PUGs - my worst experience has been one spawn point idler.
I don't get the optionals every time (Infected lately seems to be the worst for this) but they're always finished in decent time. I think my longest STF was a Khitomer Accord where I was the only DPS ship of note and Donatra's Scimitar took ages to bring down.
I've only played on Normal level, the razor-thin improvement of the MK XII stats aren't worth the insane repetitive grind to me.
Khitomer space NORMAL, Myself and a Fleetmate decided to PUG in, How bad could it be, Everything starts great everybody chats, and we decide who is going where. The Cube in the middle drops like a rock, I'm thinking this is awesome.
My fleetmate takes off to do probes right, the rest of us go left, Everything is going good until the PUG on probes left runs into trouble! The other 2 run to help him and Never come back! And to top it all off they let a probe thru! My fleetmate and I end up taking both sides down by ourselves well these 3 PUGS flew around in circles NEEDING every drop,
I dunno if people (F2P) don't read the forums or what, But in the last week I have run into more Rainbow Beam Boats than ever before, And Cannons to PUG into Infected space Wednesday, counted red green and blue, on an Advance Escort. Every time he hit his Scatter Volley looked like a Pack of Skittles exploded
I have run campers and farmers I have 300 accolade now you cane get 12
newbs get infected ground but lost on cure and kihitomer
I have a strange bug I can not talk to team in STF so when team stalls out I can not walk them trough mission thanks cryptic
I played Infected Elite one day with my dad and we had one guy (a smart one I may add) say on comms, "10% rule". I knew about this rule (thank you youtube), but the other didn't, including my dad. Next thing I know, one of the Nanite Generators was destroyed, the guy who knew what he was doing was shouting "10% RULE YOU NOOBS", then immediately left. Then we were bogged down by the Nanite Spheres and me and dad just bailed out of there.
I think there was one or two Rainbow Oddy's there as well.
(Also, I had to explain to Dad about the 10% rule)
And Cannons to PUG into Infected space Wednesday, counted red green and blue, on an Advance Escort. Every time he hit his Scatter Volley looked like a Pack of Skittles exploded
This has made my morning. Thank you.
I am usually pretty laid back about STFs. But man folks just are so... surprising, I guess, though I have learned I really shouldn't be surprised.
There are numerous times with rainbow boats and cruisers that have tiny DPS but also don't heal at all that have been quite frustrating. I mean, I totally get that PuG'ing is no guarantee for optionals, cool. But to be so close and miss it just because someone derps around or hasn't grasped the game mechanics can make you sigh. To be clear, though, it's just a game; I don't get angry or whatever. I just hope people are learning the more they play.
Anyway, one of the worst times was in a KA. I was on the far side while the rest of the team took down the other side. This was normal mode. The number of deaths over there was staggering. I am pretty sure I had all but the gate down and was working on it on my side before they even got to it (no, we didn't get the optional, of course).