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    The Ships of Discovery Join the Infinity Lock Box!

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    The Ships of Discovery Join the Infinity Lock Box!

    Post by Pyriel32 on Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:56 pm



    The Infinity Lock Box, containing prizes from nearly all previously-retired Lock Boxes, will be available again for a two-week appearance beginning on September 27th, 2018. During this time, enemies defeated on both Ground and Space maps will have a small chance of dropping one of these prize-filled packages, while the Deep Space 9 Lock Box will be retired.

    Updated Prize Lists
    Along with all of the prizes previously offered in previous appearances of the Infinity Lock Box, additional prizes originally seen in the Discovery Lock Box have been added to the drop tables. They now include all of the following:

    Crossfield-class Science Spearhead [T6]
    Sarcophagus Dreadnought Carrier [T6]
    Cross-Faction Consoles
    Multi-Target Tractor Arrays (Federation)
    Mycelium Ambush (Klingon)
    Cross-Faction Starship Mastery:
    Honored Dead (Federation)
    Black Alert (Klingon)
    DS9-themed Ground Traits
    Universal Law is for Lackeys
    Brutal Impetus
    DS9-themed Space Traits
    Duelist's Fervor
    Context is for Kings
    DS9 Universal Kit Modules
    Miniature Spore Relay
    Para Bellum
    Choose Your Pain
    Sensor-Linked Phaser and Disruptor Weapons
    Includes a chance of winning a Discovery Vanity Shield!


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    Re: The Ships of Discovery Join the Infinity Lock Box!

    Post by Pyriel32 on Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:59 pm



    New Episode - Secrets

    This is Admiral Kensington. I have a special assignment for you. A Klingon raiding party attacked one of our science stations near the Delta Volanis Cluster. Please assist them in any way you can.

    A Klingon raiding party attacked a Starfleet research facility near the Delta Volanis Cluster, but left survivors and took nothing. The station is damaged, however, and the staff could use your help to resume normal operations.

    Be on your guard – this could be a Klingon ruse. Be ready for anything. If things get desperate, one of Starfleet’s top-secret vessels is in the area and can assist if necessary. Get on this as soon as you can – Starfleet Command needs to know what the Klingons are up to out there.

    Secrets is the first episode available to Discovery-era Captains after completing the tutorial. It will also be available to 2409 and TOS-era Captains as a historical simulation, in the mission journal after Victory is Life. Go boldly in the Age of Discovery!



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    Re: The Ships of Discovery Join the Infinity Lock Box!

    Post by Pyriel32 on Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:01 pm




    The sun was setting, lengthening the shadows and giving Starfleet Academy a beautiful, orange glow. This was Captain Anton Schaefer’s favorite time of day. Normally, it would be time to pack up, go home, maybe visit his favorite little Italian restaurant in North Beach, and see what kind of trouble he could get himself into. As a Starfleet Captain and an instructor at the Academy, it usually wasn’t much. Most nights, he would be about to order when a gaggle of his students would wander in, eyes wide that their teacher was a human being who had a social life, too.

    But tonight would be different. He loved that magic hour light, but it was getting too dim to see the mountain of paperwork he still had to go through before he could turn in for the night.

    “Computer, lights.” He said. There was a small buzz, and his office lit up with harsh, white light. He blinked and shook his head, closing his eyes until everything adjusted. He liked to keep things comfortable, relaxed even in his office. Hell, in his younger days he might’ve even unbuttoned the top of his uniform on a night like this. But there was tension in the air, and it weighed on every part of this hallowed institution. To be casual now would be to seem like he didn’t care.

    Three days ago, the U.S.S. Shenzou had encountered a Klingon ship in a binary star system on the outer edge of Federation space. A combination of failed diplomacy and, of all things, an on-board mutiny had lead to the first major conflict with the Klingons in over a decade. The Battle at the Binary Stars, they were calling it.

    Four days ago, his classes had been looking forward to a future of exploration amongst the stars. Now, Starfleet was at war. Schaefer knew what was needed – he’d gotten into plenty of scraps out there in the black, before he settled down here to teach. These kids were bright, and enthusiastic. One red head cadet in particular seemed to see the whole world with an infectious optimism. He hated to see them beaten down by the terrors of war.

    Schaefer stood up, and walked to his window, looking out onto the lights of San Francisco, twinkling in the distance. All right then, if the universe was going to beat these kids down, he could show them how to spit in its eye. Humanity had a place up there, in the whole wide universe, and he’d be damned if the universe was going to crush his cadets down. Let ‘em shine bright.

    ***

    Weeks after the Battle at the Binary Stars, a lot has changed for the Federation, and for your class of 2256. The galaxy is still in turmoil over the beginning of war with the Klingons, but today is a day for celebration. You and your friends, including underclassman Sylvia Tilly, will be taking your first steps into the Final Frontier. It’s a training cruise, just to get your feet wet.



    With the launch of Age of Discovery, you’ll be able to create a Discovery Era Starfleet character. Choose from a few Discovery era races, head out into space on a Malachowski-class Starship, and experience a reimagined starting experience that will begin a new journey in Star Trek Online. We can’t wait for you to boldly go where no one has gone before.
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    Re: The Ships of Discovery Join the Infinity Lock Box!

    Post by Pyriel32 on Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:11 pm



    I’m not going to lie to you…this war is not going well for the Federation. Every day, the Klingons gain ground, and every day, we fall a little further back. Well, not today. Today, we stand, together, as Starfleet. Today, we prove that our ideals can withstand a hostile invasion force. I’m honored to serve with each and every one of you. Go out there and make me proud.

    You were just a cadet, stepping out into the cosmos for the first time, when the Klingon War broke out. Now it’s come home. In “Downfall,” the second episode of Age of Discovery, you’ll find yourself standing in defense of Starbase One, in what could be her final battle. Enemies, including Ju’la herself, are going to attempt to take this last bastion of defense for themselves. Only you can stop them.

    Downfall is the second episode available to Discovery-era Captains after completing the tutorial. It will also be available to 2409 and TOS-era Captains as a historical simulation, in the mission journal after Victory is Life.
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    Re: The Ships of Discovery Join the Infinity Lock Box!

    Post by Pyriel32 on Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:54 pm



    Beginning with the release of our Age of Discovery update, we will be offering a new way to get a jump start in your career as a Starfleet Cadet. Aimed directly at players wishing to experience the new Discovery-era content with a bit of a leg-up, this package offers a few unique rewards designed to do exactly that!

    Contained within the Age of Discovery Starter Pack will be the following terrific items:

    12 Additional Inventory Slots
    1x Large (150,000) Experience Bonus Pool
    Discovery-era Phaser Sniper Rifle
    Discovery-era Phaser Stun Bolt Pistol
    Tardigrade Vanity Pet
    Walker-class Prototype Light Exploration Cruiser - A brand new scaling starship!
    This new variant of the Walker-class represents our first foray into the concept of a scaling starship. Available for use as soon as it can be purchased – as early as leaving the Tutorial – it will offer Hull and Shield values that continue to scale up with you as you continue your career. In this way, it offers you the choice to not need to trade out your ship until you are more comfortable with the game, and have a deeper understanding of what such an important choice means to your gameplay experience. This starship will scale in this manner until you reach Level 30, at which point it will be comparable to any other C-Store purchased Tier 4 vessel. (** Complete stats will be published at the end of this dev blog.)

    The experience bonus and inventory slots may only be claimed once, and those items will be bound to the character that first claims it. However, the Discovery-era weapons and the vanity pet offered in this bundle may be reclaimed separately from the C-Store, affording your other characters the option of utilizing weapons that use the unique visuals recently seen on-screen. This special promotional weaponry is also designed to scale with you as you level up, until level 50 at which point it is roughly equivalent to a Mk XI item. You may continue to upgrade them beyond that point using Tech Upgrades in the same manner as other weaponry. The scalable Walker starship is an account unlock.

    This new Starter Pack will be available on the C-Store for a limited time at an introductory price of only 750 Zen.

    But act fast!

    This introductory special pricing will expire soon, after which the pack will return to its normal price of 1500 Zen. Even at this price point, the pack’s contents are valued at more than twice that!



    Walker-class Prototype Light Exploration Cruiser
    The Walker-class is one of the powerhouses leading the Federation into the future, designed to be effective in as wide a variety of missions as Starfleet needs.

    This starship will scale its stats up with your level, until you reach level 30.

    When commissioned, this starship has its power settings pre-arranged for ship-to-ship combat, with the bulk of its energy set to power your energy weapons. This may be adjusted freely.

    Ship Details
    Tier: Scaling
    Hull and Shield values adjust as your level increases
    Faction: Federation
    Rank Required: Must complete the Tutorial
    Hull Strength: Hull Strength: 1.15
    11,500 at level 1
    17,250 at level 10
    23,000 at level 20
    28,750 at level 30
    Shield Modifier: 1.1
    Fore Weapons: 4
    Aft Weapons: 3
    Device Slots: 4
    Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Lieutenant Tactical, 1 Commander Engineering, 1 Lieutenant Science, 1 Lieutenant Engineering
    Console Modifications: 2 Tactical, 3 Engineering, 2 Science
    Base Turn Rate: 9
    Impulse Modifier: 0.15
    Inertia: 30
    +5 Weapon Power, +5 Shield Power, +5 Engine Power, +5 Auxiliary Power
    Console - Universal – Cyclical Polarity Modulator
    Cruiser Communications Array
    Command - Strategic Maneuvering
    Command - Shield Frequency Modulation
    Command - Weapon System Efficiency
    Command - Attract Fire


    Admiralty Stats
    ENG: 44
    SCI: 14
    TAC: 14
    SPECIAL: +10 ENG per CRUISER



    Console – Universal – Cyclical Polarity Modulator
    The Prototype Light Exploration Cruiser comes equipped with a Console – Universal – Cyclical Polarity Modulator. By continuously adjusting the modulation of the ship's shield polarity, you can cause your ship's shielding and hull to become highly resistant to impacts, making them much better able to withstand kinetic damage. Additionally, the rapid polarity modulation causes the shields to absorb ambient energy as the modulation briefly matches that of the incoming energy, causing your ship shields to heal for a small portion of incoming damage. However, the strain that this places on your ship cannot be sustained forever, and eventually your shields must return to normal rates of remodulation.

    This console may be equipped in any console slot, and on any starship, but only one may be equipped at a time.

    (** all ship stats and details subject to change!)

    FAQ
    Q:  Can Klingons, Federation-Allied Romulans or Federation-Allied Dominion characters purchase this bundle, or reclaim the weaponry?

    A:  They cannot purchase the bundle, as most of the contents are gated specifically to the Federation primary allegiance. If purchased on a Federation character, these characters will be allowed to reclaim the weaponry separately.

    Q:  Do the Bridge Officer seats or other inventory slots scale with level on the Walker-class Prototype Light Exploration Cruiser?

    A:  No – you will have the full inventory and seats available on this ship as soon as it is commissioned, regardless of your current rank. However, higher rank Bridge Officer seats may only be utilized by crewmen that have been promoted to the appropriate rank.

    Q:  Does this version of the Walker-class offer any new customization options, apart from the existing T6 version already in-game?

    A:  It does not offer anything new, but instead maintains the screen-accurate esthetic already established.

    Q:  Is there a Discovery-era bridge or interior?

    A:  This ship comes with the Walker Class interior, like the T6 version of the ship.

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    Re: The Ships of Discovery Join the Infinity Lock Box!

    Post by Pyriel32 on Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:59 pm



    Ensign Sylvia Tilly is the heart and soul of Star Trek: Discovery. Even in the darkest days of the Federation, or in the most twisted versions of the Star Trek Universe, she’s a bright spot of light that’s always ready to warm the room with a smile. We here at Star Trek Online feel like that’s the very essence of Star Trek – being a light in the darkness. That’s why we’re #Silly4Tilly, and that’s why we want to reward the Tilly in your life.

    For the next week, until October 9th with the launch of Age of Discovery, we want you to nominate a Tilly in your life. What makes them your shining light that brings out hope in the world? This could be a family member, a friend, a fleetmate, or anyone else who makes your life brighter by being a bouncing ball of joy. Post a short video nominating your friend and describing why they should win to social media with the hashtags #Silly4Tilly and #AgeofDiscovery, and send us a copy at community@crypticstudios.com. We’ll pick our ten favorites, who will each win a pair of #Silly4Tilly t-shirts made by our friends at silly4tilly.com.

    Not only that, but two grand prize winners will walk away with a pair of T6 Crossfield Class Science Vessels on PC, one for each of you!

    Let’s all take a moment to celebrate the people in our life that never say never, and always focus on the parts of their lives that are so…cool.
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    Re: The Ships of Discovery Join the Infinity Lock Box!

    Post by Pyriel32 on Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:34 pm




    Starting with the release of Age of Discovery this Tuesday, October 9th, new Battlecruiser-class vessels are being made available on the C-Store for Federation characters, and its allied members among the Romulan and Dominion factions. This new vessel will be available in both Non-Fleet and Fleet variants.

    Special Introductory Pricing Discount! From release until Monday, October 15th you can get this ship for 20% off. Thereafter, it will return to their normal pricing at 3000 ZEN when.

    Fleet versions of this Battlecruiser will unlock upon completing your Fleet Starbase’s Tier 5 Shipyard. The standard Fleet Module discounts apply if you have purchased the ship from the C-Store.



    Europa-class Heavy Battlecruiser [T6]
    The Europa-class Heavy Battlecruiser is well-suited to the frontiers of the Federation, whether the mission is one of exploration or defense efforts. It is named after the U.S.S. Europa – a Nimitz-class vessel lost at the infamous “Battle at the Binary Stars” under the command of Admiral Brett Anderson in 2256. This modern 25th-century counterpart to that ill-fated flagship of yesteryear has been fully outfitted with the latest in team support capabilities, and a substantial array of versatile armaments.

    This starship features a Lieutenant Commander Science/Command Specialist seat.

    Ship Details:
    Tier: 6
    Faction: Federation
    Rank Required: Level 50
    Hull Strength: 1.35 (46,575 at level 50, 54,000 at level 60)
    Shield Modifier: 1.1
    Fore Weapons: 5
    Aft Weapons: 3
    Device Slots: 3
    Bridge Officer Stations: Lieutenant Commander Tactical, Commander Engineering, Ensign Engineering, Lieutenant Commander Science/Command, Lieutenant Universal
    Console Modifications: 2 Tactical, 5 Engineering, 3 Science
    Base Turn Rate: 7
    Impulse Modifier: .14
    Inertia: 30
    +5 Weapons Power, +10 Shield Power, +5 Engine Power
    Can Equip Dual Cannons
    Console – Universal - Overloaded SIF Linkage
    Cruiser Command Array
    Command - Strategic Maneuvering
    Command - Shield Frequency Modulation
    Command - Weapon System Efficiency
    Starship Mastery Package (Battlecruiser)
    Absorptive Plating (+Physical and Kinetic Damage Resistance)
    Enhanced Weapon Banks (+Critical Severity)
    Enhanced Plating (+Energy Damage Resistance)
    Armored Hull (+Maximum HP)
    Starship Trait - Reactive Reconstruction


    Console – Universal – Overloaded SIF Linkage
    The Overloaded SIF Linkage Console is based on the techniques used in Shield Transference and Shield Extension, but instead of linking shield systems, it extends the structural integrity field (SIF) your starship generates to your allies. The additional hull strengthening provided this way prevents a significant portion of the damage they would otherwise take, but will likely overstress your structural integrity field systems if it prevents too much damage. This will cause a portion of the absorbed energies to be transferred back to your ship, where those energies will then radiate into your hull, weakening it.


    Proper application of the resonant frequencies generated by protecting your allies in such a manner can also allow you to disperse some of your hull's damage back out into space through these tethers, increasing your starship's damage resistance while active. The reduced dangers of hull damage also allow the ship repair crews to work more effectively while this console is active, increasing the regeneration of all affected starships.

    This console also provides a passive boost to Starship Hull Capacity and Shield Power.

    This console may be equipped on any console slot on any ship. You may only equip one of these consoles.

    Starship Trait – Reactive Reconstruction
    After achieving level 5 in the Heavy Battlecruiser Starship Mastery, you will unlock the "Reactive Reconstruction" Starship Trait. When your health drops below 50%, this trait heals you and all teammates for a significant amount, and then significantly increases your outgoing healing. This ability will then go on cooldown for the next few minutes before becoming usable again.



    Admiralty Stats:
    ENG: 58
    SCI: 24
    TAC: 26
    SPECIAL: +8 ENG+SCI per TACShip
    Bridge
    The Heavy Battlecruiser comes standard with a Star Trek: Discovery era-appropriate bridge.

    Costumes
    This C-store version of the Europa will come with both the Europa-class and Nimitz-class looks for the ship.





    Fleet Europa-class Heavy Battlecruiser [T6]
    The Fleet Heavy Battlecruiser is an enhanced version of the Heavy Battlecruiser, designed specifically to support your Fleet. Fleet Starships are built to the highest standard and have increased Hull Hit Points, Shield Strength and an additional Console slot.

    This starship features a Lieutenant Commander Science/Command Specialist seat.

    Ship Details:
    Tier: 6
    Faction: Federation
    Rank Required: Level 50
    Hull Strength: 1.485 (51,233 at level 50, 59,400 at level 60)
    Shield Modifier: 1.21
    Fore Weapons: 5
    Aft Weapons: 3
    Device Slots: 3
    Bridge Officer Stations: Lieutenant Commander Tactical, Commander Engineering, Ensign Engineering, Lieutenant Commander Science/Command, Lieutenant Universal
    Console Modifications: 3 Tactical, 5 Engineering, 3 Science
    Base Turn Rate: 7
    Impulse Modifier: .14
    Inertia: 30
    +5 Weapons Power, +10 Shield Power, +5 Engine Power
    Can Equip Dual Cannons
    Cruiser Command Array
    Command - Strategic Maneuvering
    Command - Shield Frequency Modulation
    Command - Weapon System Efficiency
    Starship Mastery Package (Battlecruiser)
    Absorptive Plating (+Physical and Kinetic Damage Resistance)
    Enhanced Weapon Banks (+Critical Severity)
    Enhanced Plating (+Energy Damage Resistance)
    Armored Hull (+Maximum HP)
    Admiralty Stats:
    ENG: 60
    SCI: 26
    TAC: 31
    SPECIAL: +8 ENG+SCI per ENGSHIP
    Costume
    The Fleet Heavy Battlecruiser comes with the Nimitz-class look for the ship.

    Bridge
    The Fleet Heavy Battlecruiser comes standard with a Star Trek: Discovery era-appropriate bridge.



    NOTE: The above stats for all ships are subject to change.

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    Re: The Ships of Discovery Join the Infinity Lock Box!

    Post by Pyriel32 on Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:38 pm


    The Past Reborn: Europa-Class Heavy Battlecruiser to Join the Fleet
    Jayce’s Interstellar Editorial Staff
    On Stardate 87751.8, Utopia Planitia Starfleet Yards will host the commissioning ceremony of the U.S.S. Europa. The Europa is the brainchild of Advanced Starship Design Bureau (ASDB) Vice Admiral S.J. Hemphill, who has long advocated for experimental tactics and technologies when considering Starfleet’s defensive doctrine. Considering the recent spate of conflicts that Starfleet has had to weather, even those skeptical of her more radical concepts have come to appreciate the need for Starfleet to approach these types of problems creatively.

    The Europa’s primary mission is to be the vanguard capital ship for a division or flotilla. Its command and control systems are adequate for the sub-squadron level and can host a small flag officer staff, but analysts do not anticipate it to fill the flagship role too often. Its true purpose lies in its heavy weapons and over-engineered defensive systems, which are designed to distract and engage while allied ships harass the enemy until the threat is neutralized.

    A key technology that makes this role possible is the new Structural Integrity Field (SIF) Linkage system. The SIF Linkage system uses peculiarities of the Europa’s power grid to provide an EM resonance between allied starships’ SIF generators, allowing overload transfer between linked ships. The Europa has been built from the keel-out with redundant SIF generators and hull framing, and doctrine calls for the Europa to actually intercept high-intensity energy directed at allied ships, effectively becoming a “sump” for weapons fire directed at other allied ships in combat.

    In parallel with the SIF Linkage system, ASDB engineers have also added a variety of redundancies and design innovations to the ship’s damage control systems, which should facilitate fast repairs and expedited SIF field regeneration.



    All of this became possible when Admiral Hemphill seized on a remarkable opportunity.  ASDB Engineer Ensign Elyos of Delta discovered that the long-lost “Yard 39,” a Starfleet construction and repair depot abandoned in the late 23rd century, was no longer flooded with deadly baryon radiation. Elyos and his colleague, Lieutenant Whetu of Earth, organized a small team of engineers to evaluate the spaceframes left there, and discovered a treasure trove of Starfleet’s storied past.

    Dozens of ships from the mid-23rd century were undergoing repair and refit when Yard 39 was hastily evacuated, and many of those ship classes fell out of favor in lieu of new construction. The chance to visit intact specimens of these ships, which include Shepard, Nimitz, Engle and more, has yielded a variety of discoveries relating to the unique power and warp systems of that era.

    It was the EPS and GNDN layout of the Nimitz-class specifically which inspired ASDB engineers to create the SIF Linkage system, and gave form to Admiral Hemphill’s vision for a heavy battlecruiser. Due to this, she chose to name the first ship of the class U.S.S. Europa in honor of the Nimitz-class ship destroyed during the Battle of the Binary Stars in 2256.

    The commissioning ceremony of the U.S.S. Europa is closed to the public, but proceedings will be streamed live via H-SPAN Channel 47.3 on UFP-wide subspace bands.



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