02/04/2014 Priority One Interview with Steven D'Angelo talks about what to do with Gateway.
Here's an idea, I think Gateway should be renamed to
- Star Trek Online - Bridge Officer Reports
You could send your actual bridge officers on away missions that have rewards in-game.
Some might take anywhere from 1 - 24 hours to complete. Others will be Major Away missions that could take a month to complete. It's like a duty officer mission but for your selected bridge officer.
This will grey out your bridge officer in-game. The bridge officer will not be usable in game and any items your bridge officer has equipped with them will not be available and your bridge officer status window will say " This bridge officer is on an away mission "
What would be the point ?
Maybe you send your bridge officer to explore a new planet and they find alien life and make first contact. It would add exploration back into the game and make Star Trek Online accessible to millions of people with smart phones and tablets.
If your bridge officer fails the away mission, they could suffer injuries, But will not be able to be killed. You would NOT be able to lose your bridge officers on away missions.
You could run up to 5 away missions at anytime, You can assign up to 7 bridge officers in total on those 5 away missions. You can assign up to 3 bridge officers per mission.
Some missions will cost Energy credits/Dilithium/ GPL gold-pressed latinum to run. You choose from a list of StarFleet Away Team Orders
Some missions will have priority over others, you will have to make the decision on how many you want to send on each mission or how many missions you want to run at once. The more bridge officers you send on any one Away mission the greater the reward and greater the success of the mission.
This WILL NOT change the in-game duty officer system or missions.
Last edited by rattraps123; 02-07-2014 at 11:46 AM.
The more you send would reward the rich since they will have more Boffs. I have max Boffs on a lot of my characters, majority being purple and blue. Plus the max in the candidate list. There should be a cap on missions maybe 4 max with specialty slots like 2 tacs, 1 eng , 1 sci depending on type of mission.
Hey I Used to be Captain Data, well I guess I still am in game but the account link really screwed everything up
I would use Gateway every day while I'm at work if I could collect and queue up DOff missions, change my outfits and my BOff outfits, mess with ship builds, and access the exchange.
Basically, I want to be able to use Gateway to do the "boring stuff" that I want to get done but that I don't necessarily want to do when I'm at my PC and playing the game. I might only have a few hours to play each day but I could spend several more hours each day messing with DOff missions, selling/buying on the exchange, and customizing my characters and ships.
In the immortal words of Captain Sisko: "It may not be what you believe, but that doesn't make it wrong."
AL Rivera has said on Priority One Podcast the Duty Officer System is too complex for gateway, you cannot do those things there. And Steven D'angelo has said Gateway for Sto is not doing well, it's either gonna be changed or shutdown.
It seems like a shame that STO is considering doing away with Gateway. I would love the functionality for when I'm away from the game. They mentioned that it could be scrapped as it's not utilized, but that is because it has not functional use at this point. Come on Cryptic, put the resources into it and then see if it gets used before deciding based on no evidence that it wouldn't be used.