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Prepping for Starbases – Star Trek Online

In recent weeks, I have been slowly increasing my focus on Star Trek Online. As a result, a majority of my fleet (STO’s word for “guild”) have been playing in the game. Why? Fleet starbases are coming to Star Trek Online and I’d like us to be swimming in resources of every flavor to ensure that we can make some progress with this new mechanic.

Let me fill you in on some of the details: Cryptic’s new Season 6 update will contain a guild house building system whereupon you can invest in guild-wide projects that provide cool benefits to everyone in the guild. The apparent goal of this system is to make fleets a much more central mechanic to the game and to provide more end-game content for players. According to the developer’s blog on the matter, these starbases will be instanced for your fleet and will grow depending on your fleet’s investments. Along with this collaborative construction mechanic, players will also be able to band together to defend their starbase and your projects can have a direct result on available defenses for your starbase.

Projects will require a variety of resources to complete, ranging from refined dilithium to commodities to duty officer transfer orders and more (hence encouraging my friends to build up their resources). As you contribute to fleet projects, you gain fleet credits that can be used in your starbase store where you can acquire special bonuses and equipment.

If you’d like to find out more about the starbase mechanics that are coming in Season 6, you can check out links here, here, and here.

I’m personally excited that my friends have decided to pitch in. For a while there, I was concerned I’d be the only one contributing, but my worries were proved wrong (extremely so) this past Saturday when I logged into the game to find my friends in the game, refamiliarizing themselves with the controls, environment, updates, and their vessels. Oh, and one of them is now flying the new Armitage-class Heavy Escort Carrier, the successor to the favorite Akira-class Heavy Escort. It’s a beautiful ship and I’m quite pleased my friend has found a vessel that suits him.

The U.S.S. Iowa-B (NX-91061-B) continues to perform admirably and I’m constantly keeping my eyes open for equipment that lends itself to my play style and that will improve the Iowa’s capabilities. She’s an amazing ship and when I was telling my grandfather about her last night at a Father’s Day dinner, he was genuinely pleased.

If you’ll excuse me, I have some work to do in Star Trek Online. These resources won’t collect themselves and I’ve been away from the game a whole day!

Until next time!

– Elorfin

P.S. From Babylon 5:

Mary Ann Cramer: Is it worth it? Should we just pull back? Forget the whole thing as a bad idea, and take care of our own problems, at home.
Sinclair: No. We have to stay here. And there’s a simple reason why. Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics, and you’ll get ten different answers, but there’s one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won’t just take us. It’ll take Marilyn Monroe, and Lao-Tzu, and Einstein, and Morobuto, and Buddy Holly, and Aristophanes…and all of this…all of this…was for nothing. Unless we go to the stars.

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