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    verbena
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    Marks

    Post by verbena on Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:56 pm

    So what's everyone's best/favorite way to get the new marks?

    For romulan, I started out doing the two new queued romulan missions. The vault and azure nebula things. They were a quick solution to get me started on the rep projects since I didn't have to chase anything down, just queue up. I wasn't wholly satisfied with them though. They have both have timers before you can start, the vault one being kind of excessively long. And they both pay out on a scale depending on how successful you are. The azure nebula one is kind of annoying in that it's partly dependent on which trapped ships spawn, if you just get escorts and bops it's not going to add up to as many points. On the plus side, they both gave a small amount of fleet marks.

    Since then I started doing the patrol missions and the tholian red alert. You can get both by clicking on a box when you zone into tau sector. The tholian red alert is hit or miss, it's like the borg red alerts in that you have to wait for it to spawn. It's also moderately tough. A lot more chaotic than the borg red alerts, and tholians are annoying buggers with all kinds of crowd control and the like. But you get like 15 romulan marks for completing it, then 30 more plus 480 dil when you turn in the mission. Not bad at all.

    The patrol thing is a bit different. You accept the mission and you get thing in your quest sidebar that shows percent completed. You then fly around to different planets in the sector and Do Stuff. The pure combat planets give 20% each, the tholian red alert is 25%, and the non-combat or partial-combat planets seem to be 15% each. Do whatever sort you like the best. If you're looking to just get it done as quickly and with as little effort as possible: go the Acamer system. Here you fly to meet a frigate, then make a left and fly to meet some more ships. Then you click through some dialog. Pick the responses that seem reasonable/understanding, and then you're done. If you see a response that has [Diplomacy] or [Marauding] in it, that usually ends the encounter right there. If you flub the dialog you have to fight three waves of ships.

    Any of the planets, including the acamer one, can be done over and over again. You can do one planet as many times as necessary to get 100% completion. Once you're at 100% you turn in the mission and get 60 marks.

    For omega marks (Borg Bucks™), I've done some of the borg red alerts. They give 10-15 marks and 480 dil. But mostly, I've just been doing STF's.

    I just do infected space elite. It gives 60 Borg Bucks™ a neural processor and 960 dil, plus 15 more Borg Bucks™ if you get the optional. The rest I can't be bothered with anymore. You no longer need specific tech drops, ground STF's are generally a pain, and the other space STF's have failure conditions. Someone pops a cube early? Or completely ignores the probes or birds of prey? Chances are it's game over. But infected doesn't have a you-lose trigger, so even if someone does something bone-headed you can usually still finish and get your reward.

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    Re: Marks

    Post by Lomax6996 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:58 pm

    I haven't had that much opportunity since release to learn my way around yet (RL, don't ya know heheheh) but hope to over the next few days. For the most part, late evenings in the short time I've had, I did just some of the new PvE's and the old STF's as well as some of my standard Dil runs (Empire Defense, mostly) on KDF side. Tried the new Hive space PvE once on normal with Firefox... don't think I'll be doing THAT again. On normal took us an hour to complete and the PUG I was in was not a bad group of folks... all experienced STF'rs... not one of them bailed and the only complaints were expressions of incredulity at how difficult it was.

    Thanks for the tips, though. I need to check a lot of these out this week.


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    Re: Marks

    Post by CAPTWinters on Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:48 am

    I mostly do Space STFs as well. Mostly Infected Elite and Khitomer Elite, and just recently added The Hive Elite, but getting the Optional on that is nearly impossible. The Cure Elite I run with the Ten Forward crowd, so not in their very often. looking forward to earning my MKXII MACO gear finally. Very Happy


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    Re: Marks

    Post by Gordon_Lightfoot on Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:15 am

    Omega: I've been running ISE (Infected Space Elite) and Cure Space Normal (Its fast, and at normal level its a lock for victory if I keep an eye on the Kang).

    Romulan: I've been doing Azure, Mine Trap and messing around on New Romulus.
    New Romulus has been very annoying to me as it reminds me of what I hate about Lord of the Rings Online; very high level characters doing menial tasks. My KDF would melt the Romulan's face with his disrupter if he was asked to go find rocks and spray mosquitos. The whole quest arc makes me think the Romulans are a pathetic low tech helpless race and I am amazed that they could muster a space fleet.


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    Re: Marks

    Post by verbena on Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:20 pm

    Yeah, I can't stand that about new romulus. We're supposed to be Big Damn Heroes, and the romulans have us monitoring local wildlife, picking plants, and doing a hundred other menial chores for lazy npc's in exchange for what is really a trivial reward.

    It's like that new mini-game scanning for radiation. I did that a bit on tribble, collected a bunch of samples and was feeling good about myself. Then I found the npc you turned them into and saw how many you needed and what you got in return. Yeah, never doing that crap again.

    The space-related tasks at least seem like they're important, mostly. I'm not herding gelki or whatever they're called. But if you want some pirates or spider-people all blown up? I'm your girl.

    Lomax6996
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    Re: Marks

    Post by Lomax6996 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:53 pm

    verbena wrote:Yeah, I can't stand that about new romulus. We're supposed to be Big Damn Heroes, and the romulans have us monitoring local wildlife, picking plants, and doing a hundred other menial chores for lazy npc's in exchange for what is really a trivial reward.

    It's like that new mini-game scanning for radiation. I did that a bit on tribble, collected a bunch of samples and was feeling good about myself. Then I found the npc you turned them into and saw how many you needed and what you got in return. Yeah, never doing that crap again.

    The space-related tasks at least seem like they're important, mostly. I'm not herding gelki or whatever they're called. But if you want some pirates or spider-people all blown up? I'm your girl.

    ^^^^ This in SPADES!!! heheheheh


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    Re: Marks

    Post by verbena on Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:02 am

    Found this guide to epoh raising: http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?t=469481

    In short: A max level epoh is worth 400 romulan marks. A max level winter epoh from the Q winter thing is worth 200 romulan marks.

    The initial gathering of tags and such is pretty dumb, but once you have them it's just doing daily doff assignments. The winter ones are especially worth it.

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