Lieutenant
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 82
# 1 Loss of Exploration clusters
07-19-2014, 11:41 PM
These gave MORE then just a source of crafting mats. And these need to be replaced.

Alternate decent source of xp then just Story line missions.

Source of mob type killing and damage type receiving in a controlled environment that is NOT a Foundry mission or a Story line.

Also a source to run into different mobs other then whats in the Story line missions that is NOT in the Foundry.

^^^^Some randomness is fine, and muchly liked.
Captain
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 3,312
# 2
07-20-2014, 01:26 AM
So, you'd like to have some sort of random mission to grind specific mobs and XP.
May i point you to the fleet missions? Random species, to shoot at and grind both xp and accolades.
They are also very repetitive, so if you enjoyed the repetition of cluster missions, you'll love those too.

in other words, what you are looking for is already in the game. Don't say you didn't mean that, because that is exactly what your post asked for.
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Lieutenant
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 82
# 3
07-20-2014, 02:21 AM
STF's are not for leveling up. And are mostly for maxed levels. Unless you create a completely private instance all mobs will be spawned in at the highest lvl of player there.

Also this means queuing, and not something you can do solo.

Did you know, not all the clusters were random? Some were fixed to always be one type of mobs.
Captain
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 3,312
# 4
07-20-2014, 02:48 AM
as stated many times by various devs in interviews, the devs want new players to advance in levels through story missions.

never talked about STFs, since the fleet missions are low level too and provide exactly what you asked for in your first post. And yes, you can actually create a complete private instance for only yourself.

If queuing and playing with other people in an MMORPG is something you do not want to do, then maybe a MMORPG isn't the game for you anyway. It is called Star Trek Online afterall. What i mean by this, is that it is not the fault of the devs that they tend to offer more grp content than single player content.
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Last edited by baudl; 07-20-2014 at 02:52 AM.
Career Officer
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 192
# 5
07-20-2014, 03:51 AM
I miss the missions. It was a break from the constant STF grind. You would start a mission and right off you could be jumped by Reman warbirds! You could have to scan 5 particles or solve why ships were being attacked and by whom. You might have to beam down and save a colony or discover a new plant. It was fun. It was a change of pace. It will be missed.

The thing is, you never knew what the mission would be. Yes, there were only so many missions programmed. This was just left from the lack of development time as cryptic was on a tight release schedule. It should have been improved but instead we ended up with a flashy new Earth Space Dock. I find it both sad and disappointing that PWE/Crytpic spent resources that could improve the game on something that is just flash, and half finished flash at that.

Some of my most favorite missions have been removed from the game.
Starbase 24 Rescue (ground)
Foxes and Hounds (DS9 STF)
DS9 Under Seige (DS9 STF)
and now
Exploration missions
Remove GECKO from the game!
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