I had a question for Brandon and the Devs about how training currently works.
My Science captain is often frustrated with BOFF training, for example, he would like to have the Liberated Borg Engineer (he received when buying the STO game) trained in Emergency Power to Shields 3.
However, he can't train that skill. He can't trade the bridge officer to another player, as it can't be traded. He can't get that skill from a vendor/ESD trainer as they don't sell skills that can be taught by characters. He can't buy a BOFF on the exchange that has it, as BOFFs on the exchange (candidates) don't have EPTS3 as it can be trained by players.
I know this isn't a new problem, and has been around for some time, but it does come up again and again. I even put in a ticket to see if they could just change the skill on my officer, and was told that was not something they could do.
I doubt the intention was that only Engineer players would be able to make full use of the Liberated Borg Bridge officer, and the other untradable bridge officers like her. (Most of these characters are a 'special' bonus to those who have them. Seems odd to limit their use.)
Are there any future plans to update officer training in STO?
Bridge officers trained by PADD? (Perhaps a crafting recipe for Datapads that one could use to "upload" a certain BO skill you can teach to Boff. And then trade it or put it on the exchange.)
Trade Window have a special slot for training, so the Boff could be trained without leaving your control?
Perhaps allow Bridge Officers to be placed in the account bank and trained by other characters on the same account?
An effective way to do it is to have the option to send current Bridge Officers to the candidate list. That way someone could train EPTS3 on a boff, package them, and trade them to someone else. All you have to do is train your Liberated Borg Bridge Officer with that Bridge Officer.
Are you sure that the Boff cannot be traded? The C-Store explicitly warns that the Borg Bridge officer will not be replaced if traded.
Have you tried unequipping that Boff (take away all his stuff) and then trading him to an engineer who can trade EPTS3, while being on the same map and right-clicking "trade"?
There are actually two type of Borg BOFFs now. One is a "pre-order" bonus for certain game editions. It's an account wide unlock and the BOFF is bound to the character. They are not tradable. This is the issue that all of the older player accounts face.
And as to why not just use another Engineer BOFF? I'm in the same position the OP is in excpect the character being a Tactial Captain. Some player sbecome attached to them like I have. Well the Borg BOFF has been with the character since headstart, and I don't want to use another BOFF. And the BORG BOFF has the Efficient Trait I don't want to give up.
And two solutions I've like is to be able to return a BOFF to Candidate Status with a provision that it be stripped of any Expertise Points to prevent any explotation issues. Another option would be a Training Token that can be generated by player. With it being tradable amount player. The Training Token would work exactly like a BOFF Candidate who's used to Train a commissioned BOFF.
Why not add Datapadds to Crafting? The Datapadds can take up more then the normal amount of samples as well as rare samples, with a very unique Datapadd schematic. The Datapadd schematic would have a very low drop percentage. This would simulate you putting in the effort to compile your 'Knowledge' on whatever subject matter is stored on the Datapadd. It would make it hard to create these devices. And prevent the Exchange from becoming flooded with them.
Last edited by standupguy86; 08-21-2012 at 02:23 PM.