Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Character Update

                Hello all! I know that it’s been a long time since I last wrote. And I am truly sorry about it. But my life has had a lot of upheaval. And a lot of that upheaval is directly related to changes in my personal life. They are changes that I am not comfortable with talking about yet. Suffice it to say, life has been quite mean to me lately and until all of this gets worked out, I don’t feel that talking about it will be helpful to me and this also means that I will not be regularly, or even consistently, posting here. With that said, I still have intentions of posting here when time permits. I still play, and I still review all of the game patch notes. And I still have opinions over it all. So I will do my best to remain timely and appropriate in my posts.
                So given that, I will be giving an update on my STO and WOW characters. Starting with STO and moving on to WOW.

                Fleet Admiral Zombee has been busy. His profile has been updated so you can take a look there for the stat changes and skill progressions so far. Zombee is currently hanging out on Risa doing the Summer Event working on getting the Ferengi Nandi Warship. I am currently about 48% done. Cryptic also announced the release of the Manticore Class Heavy Destroyer, a Tier 6 upgrade of the Chimera Class. This ship is a 1000 day Veteran ship reward. It is a Tactical focus ship, as I look at ships, and so he will be getting this vessel. The Iconian War is progressing it’s storyline with the new expansion and Featured episodes. Of which, Zombee has completed them all.  Zombee is also Tier V in the new Iconian Resistance reputation. Once the Nandi has been acquired, Zombee will outfit it with the Iconian Reputation gear.

                Admiral Bel is a new character. He was created for the Delta Recruit event. He is an Avalonian working for the Romulan Republic and allied with the Klingon Empire. I stopped leveling him once I completed all of the Delta Recruit storyline. I will pick him back up sometime in the near future. He is an engineering officer like Grell. I also created a Delta Recruit for the Fed and Klingons to complete the Delta Recruit for those sides and pick up all of the rewards. I am currently working on Lieutenant Commander Boher, a Saurian Starfleet Engineering officer. Boher will be deleted once all of the Fed rewards are unlocked.

                The rest of the guys have been in a holding pattern while I do this. I plan to leveling and outfitting their best ship on each guy. Once every Character is at max level, completed all the storyline missions, and have decked out their best ship, I will then work on each guy getting their second ship to be decked on and so forth, until every ship is completely decked out.

                In WOW, Explorer Airholen has entered Draenor and leveled to 100. Currently working on maxing out his Garrison buildings and then moving on to completeling all of the stuff needed to get flying. After that I will work towards getting the best gear I can get for him and then move on to my Horde gal, Grodah. Once I get her to 60, I will boost her to 90. Or at least that is my plan.

                So that is it for now on an update. I need to consider how I am going to update these characters.  Until the next time, Enjoy!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Character Update (Torc Edition)

        So here is another mini update on just one character. Since today is the release of the Delta Recruit system, I will probably being doing very little with my mains.
         Torc though has been working on getting himself set up. He is not nearly as developed as Zombee or Grell and still needs to complete the Delta Rising story line. He is up to the ground battle portion on Kobali Prime. But his two Tactical officer are just not cutting it on the survival side of things, I will have to re-look at the away team and make some choices as to who will continue the story with him.
         Torc is going for the true Klingon setup of things, with disruptors being the focus on his ship. Eventually, I will get the ship decked out in Counter-Command gear and all upgraded. But that really does take time. Torc I have been able to control the BOff bloat pretty good. But the other characters after him will have even better control, based on what I have learned from him. I have updated his Character Page just so you can look at where he is now in skills and gear.
         After today, I shall be going back to my regular character updates covering all of my characters in the same post. Though, I suspect, that I will be covering my Delta Recruit more than my other three faction mains. The new one I make today will be the fourth 'faction main'. Fleet Admiral Zombee is my Fed main. Dahar Master Torc is my KDF main. Fleet Admiral Grell is my Romulan-Fed Aligned main. The new one will be a Romulan-KDF aligned character.
         All of my Mains are Avalonians. It's part of the mythos I am building for my gaming experience and the stories I write connected to them. Some day, I will get the alignment corrected on the webpage so that I can make those Character Pages look correct and then tie the stories post to them. But I don't know enough about HTML yet to do that. Nor have I had time to figure it out.

        Well, that's it for now. Delta Recruiting has called me up and I plan to sally forth and conquer it. Good luck to me and everyone Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Character Update (Grell Edition)

     I have update Fleet Admiral Grell's character page. He has done quite a lot since the last time I did an update on him.The new page show's where he currently is at in gear and weapons for both himself and his ship.
     As for updates to STO in general, the Crystalline Catastrophe is over. Grell, Zombee and Torc all got the Crystalline Torpedo. They are also currently testing out on the live servers some adjustments to the Azure Nebula Advanced STF mission to make it possible for pugs to complete it. So far it is a good change except for one issue. The optionals are really random on your ability to complete. You have to "rescue" a certain point value of ships, in this case 10, with in a 4 minute (I think) time frame. The problem is that there are only four spawn points to rescue ship from. And if they don't spawn a total of 10 points amongst those points on the initial start of the optional, you will never be able to make those 10 points. Ships don't respawn fast enough to get a second set and get them rescued within the time frame. This means that the majority of the time, the optionals are not possible to be completed. The scenario doesn't provide the ship points to complete it. But, unlike before, if you fail the optional you do not fail the mission. You just don't get bonus marks. This change alone is great. If they can make it so that enough ship points are guaranteed to be present when the optionals start then I think they have a model that can be applied to all the other Advanced STF queues.
      Grell has completed all of the story line including the Delta Rising portion. Grell is far behind in gear quality and and rarity when compared to Zombee. SO most of my efforts are focused on getting his gear all upgraded to the right level. This means I have to do certain STF's at advance to get the crafting materials to make the upgrades. It's slow going, but I will get there.
      Couple things to note...STO released a new story episode with weekly rewards. The rewards are to get a a three piece Imperial Romulan Navy ground set. Grell will be using this as his primary armor. The other thing of note is that on April 2nd will the new Delta Recruit event. This requires that you make a new character and take it through the leveling process. But there are some modifications to the normal experience and apparently there is an Temporal Agent that will be helping you prepare for the fight against the Iconians as you level. This will also unlock special rewards for your already created characters too. I will be creating at least one Delta Recruit because that is what they say is all that I need to unlock things for my account across all factions. So expect to see coming character updates for this new character. I am planing on making him a Rom-KDF Engineer Alien (Avalonian). Haven't settled on a name yet.

       Well, I hope you enjoyed this update and I will see you later!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Character Update (Zombee Edition)

                So I updated Fleet Admiral Zombee’s Character page. It shows what changes I have made in gear, skills, reputation, commendations, research, traits and specializations I have acquired. But I wanted to detail it a little more here just so that everyone will know why some of the changes have occurred.
                First off, we should cover what has changed in STO overall, so that you can get a sense of why some things are there and what is new to the game.  With the end of the Winter Event came a little breather before the next event, the 5th Anniversary of STO. In this Event you ran a new story mission that covered some details about the Kobali. At the end of the first run through you can get the Vaudwaar Uniform. Also you get a significant number of Qmendations that is used to get the Kobali Samsar Command Cruiser, a Tier 6 ship. The Anniversary also brought us a new specialization called Command.  Once one character got the Cruiser, and then all remaining characters on that account can get the same ship at a significant reduction in cost. Within the new Story Mission there was the option to find and accept a Kobali BOff that would be an Engineering Command Officer. Also reruns of the Story Mission will get additional pieces to the Kobali Space Set. I picked up a couple of the pieces but haven’t put in the time to what pieces I am missing for this guy.
                After the 5th Anniversary came the Crystalline Catastrophe event. In it you need to collect 14 crystal shards. Which you can get once per 20 hours, and turn them in to get a torpedo that acts like a Anti-Proton Beam. It gets affected by some beam powers and by some torpedo powers, and deals out Anti-proton damage instead of kinetic damage. I am in progress on this and have collected 10 fragments so far. You also will get a big drop of unrefined dilithium ore, fleet marks, and marks of reputation choice. Also, as each mission is run you get to select a choice of marks and dilithium payout.
                I was also able to complete the Delta Rising story line. I had discovered that I was playing the missions on the hardest setting. The fact that I got as far as I did on a suboptimal setup made me feel good about my piloting skill and gear choices. I have since tuned the setup to up my DPS. In fact, the game has made a decided switch in its mission structure to actually support DPS’ing over any other play style, they added timers that if you don’t complete fails the entire mission. Most of these timers involving killing a certain number of things in a specified period of time, so high DPS will always get the team through on these missions.
                As for the upgrading of gear, most everything but the shields and deflectors are Mark XIV and at least Very Rare.  I just recently was able to build an Omnidirectional Phaser Beam Array. It’s Mark XII and Ultra-Rare quality. Replaced the Omnidirectional Kinetic beam with this unit and will now upgrade it to Mark XIV, The Shields and Deflectors are Mark XII and Very Rare so they will be upgrade to Mark XIV. If the shields or deflectors gain any more quality along the way then good for me, but otherwise I am not going to worry about it. Very Rare Quality is good enough for me right now.

                SO that’s what Zombee has been up to date. I am going to try and catch up with all of my guys and then get back to a regular schedule again. Until then, Enjoy!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Character (and Life) Update

                Hello again everyone. Long time since I last wrote to this blog. And I am sorry that it has been so long. My personal life has had a bunch of turmoil recently. I found myself without a job do to another person’s shenanigans. With this sudden shift in employment came a desperate search for a new job. During this search, I took ill. While generally a very healthy person, this was quite an issue to deal with when you have no health insurance. As I recovered from that, I did find work at lower pay and responsibilities than I once had. I happily worked there till a better offer came along three weeks later. When I tendered my two weeks’ notice, they just told me to go home.  So I spent another week unemployed, getting sick again, and trying to do things around the house.
                While all of this was going on, my relationship with my wife became strained do to these stresses we both are under. Between her school work, job, kids, my sickness and lack of income she was not handling the pressure well. And my own sickness and, admittedly, depression over my job loss did not help to alleviate these issues. We argued, loudly and frequently. Our children, while not involved directly, heard us nonetheless and were upset themselves. Suffice it to say it’s been a bad couple of months.
                But, I do have a new job. Which has eased some of the tension between my wife and I. And I have been feeling better and healthier these days. So I am clearly making a recovery on all my Real Life fronts.
                As for gaming, while all of this has been going on, I still played STO and other games to help me deal with stress, take my mind of bad things for a bit, and for something to do when I couldn’t sleep. So I am glad to say that I do have some progress to announce about each of my characters. But I will hold on to that for a different blog for right now. There is a lot to go over in regards to the characters.
                What I really want to write about now is the passing of the amazing Leonard Nimoy. The character of Mr. Spock is so iconic that there is no equal to it. Spock was first character that, as a kid, I actually connected with and felt kinship with. Even to this day people will call me Spock just because of my ability to spout out details on the discussion topic at hand. When I first learned I could play in Star Trek Online, I made a Vulcan modeled a bit after me in looks.  Admiral Danic still is part of my stable of federation characters and is most obviously a science officer.
                In Star Trek Online, they have honored the memory of Spock, Leonard Nimoy, and other Star Trek connected people with putting in two statues and three plaques. The Statues are of Spock doing the Vulcan salute. One is placed on the planet Vulcan and the other is on the planet of New Romulus. They are very large and very well done. And is a very good resemblance of Spock as an Ambassador. The Plaques are placed in at the command centers for The Federation, Klingon Empire and Romulan Republic. The plaque lists the name of all of The Original Series important people that have passed away. Among them being Leonard Nimoy, Gene Roddenberry, James Doohan, DeForrest Kelly and Majel Barrett. Once you have clicked on the plaque, there is a continue button which takes you to another screen listing a bunch of important contributors to Star Trek that have passed away. My understanding is that the members of The Original Series will be placed on that front panel and the rest of the major contributors from all the TV series and movies will be placed on the second panel. There by immortalizing all who had and major contribution to the Star Trek Franchise after they have passed away.
                I think it is great that they are doing this and recognizing everyone of importance connected to Star Trek. At some point I will get every one of my characters to get a picture in front of the plaques and statues that they can go to, so that I can always retain that memory for me.

                In the near future, hopefully over this next week, I will get my notes all updated and then do an actual Character Update. Until then, Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Character Update

                So I have been busy looking for a new job. So I have been doing more Job searching that gaming. But I have been able to sneak some time in for gaming, all for STO though, so not much else to report on.

Star Trek Online (STO)
                Winter Wonderland is still in full swing. They have made some changes to it and removed the Tides of Ice is no longer required. So now all of my guys are just doing whatever they can to get the glossies of Q and the Winter Currencies to buy the Ship and Warp Core.
                The only other thing of note has been that the Elachi Alert Event happened this past weekend.  Running this nets you any Rep Marks. SO I just ran that for each person for my marks this past weekend. Otherwise, I have just been running the appropriate STF to get the marks that I want.
                And now we move on to the individual efforts in STO.

Fleet Admiral Zombee
                Making good progress with the getting the winter event ship. And I need very few Targ Earmuffs to get the warp core. Other than that, I was working on Omega gear but stopped to use my refined Dilithium to upgrade my gear and to enhance my ship so that I can up my DPS and finally complete the Delta Quadrant Storyline and start working on Advanced Queues.

Admiral Grell
                Making progress towards the winter ship and getting the warp core. But have a long way to go. Also just running whatever will get me Delta marks so that I can get the Delta Gear. He is now Tier IV in the Delta Alliance Rep.

Admiral Torc
                He has been making progress towards getting the winter ship and the warp core. Running what I can to get the Delta Marks. He is now Tier III in the Delta Alliance Rep.

And that was it for this past week. Hope you enjoyed!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Character Updates

                Hello again! Once more I will cover what I have been doing since the last blog. So here we go!

Star Trek Online (STO) Characters
                So the Mirror Invasion Event came to an end. Zombee, Torc and Grell were the only ones who completed it.  I didn’t have time to play the others. Even so, I did enjoy the event as it was going.
                The Junior Officer Weekend I didn’t do. There just was not enough time for me to try to do any of it.
                There also was a Bonus Marks Weekend. This event will give you about 50% more of the reputation marks than normal. I used this to stock up on the marks that I was lowest on for those guys that ran it.
                This brings us to the Winter Wonderland Event brought to you by Q. This event is where you get sent to a pocket dimension created by Q where you fight snowmen, assimilated snowmen; eat pie, race on ice and many other things. In particular, there is an event where you can race against and NPC, called The Fastest Game on Ice. If you win, you get the Autographed Q pictures that you need to get the special ship. There are three Breen Ship up for grabs. And it has the same mechanic as the Risian event. Once one guy gets the ships, the alts can pick it up after just one race. They also have a new piece to the Breen Space Set, a warp core.  But you have to complete the Tides of Ice activity ten times before you can buy it.
                Some updates were also made to the game that lowered the materials needed to craft things. This makes it a lot more feasible for me to craft things and try to upgrade my weapons and gear.  Another update they did was to lower the difficulties on certain STF’s and up the rewards across most content. These are steps in the right direction to make this better but it’s not there quit yet.
                And that’s the major things for STO, now on to the individual efforts.

Fleet Admiral Zombee
                He is now level 60. I have gotten Beams to 16, Cannons and Engineering to 13, Ground Weapons and Projectiles are at 12 and Science is level 3. I also upgrade three of the Flickenger’s forward weapons to Tier 14. All of the Nukara Space Set has been built and all of the Nukara ground gear has been bought. I have now started on making the missing pieces for the various Task Force Omega space gear. The Delta Alliance Reputation has reached Tier V, but I don’t have the necessary Delta Quadrant special currency to get the gear yet. You have to run Advanced Missions to get them currently.  They have announced that they plan to place it other things to get them so I am waiting for that to hit the server for me to start tracking done those things.
                In the mean time, I have been running the Winter Wonderland events to gather the currencies necessary to the Breen Chell Grett Warship. This is the only tactical ship amongst the three that you can get. I have 5 days out the required 25 days done for this ship. I also have picked up the tactical Kit piece, Cryo Grenades. The Cryo and Plasma grenades cannot be slotted at the same time, I currently have the Cryo’s slotted to see if they work for me. I also have picked up a winter weapon so that I can fight the snowmen effectively and gain the winter currencies as fast as I can so that I can get the Breen Warp Core. He has also completed the Tides of Ice assault all ten times. So I can buy anything now.
                Another thing to note, I have gotten 2 more specializations beyond the 10 that you get from leveling. I am still working on Commando Specialization. Once it’s maxed out, I will go on to the Intelligence Specialization.

Admiral Grell
                He is now level 55. He completed the Mirror Invasion Event and got the big payout.  He ran the Bonus Marks events but did not do the Junior Officer Event.  He also is working on the Delta Quadrant Alliance reputation, currently at Tier II.
                The Winter Wonderland Event is in progress. He is working to get the Breen Plesh Brek Heavy Raider. Of the three ships, this one is the closest to being an engineering ship. With Zombee finished with getting the ten Tides of Ice completions Grell has started on getting them.  But since I can only throw snow balls, it is very hard to be effective and get much in the way of rewards. But he will have the necessary currencies soon and will be able to purchase an event weapon to use.

General Torc
                He is now level 55. He also completed the Mirror Invasion Event and the Bonus Marks Event. He also did not do the Junior Officer Event. He also has gotten to Tier II in the Delta Quadrant Alliance reputation.
                The ship he is going for in the Winter Wonderland Event is the Breen Sarr Theln Carrier. This ship is completely geared towards science operations. Also this ship is Tier 6, while the other two can be pushed up to Tier 5U. Once Grell has completed the 10 required Tides of Ice runs, then Torc will start down that path.

                I would like to say that I played more than this, but I can’t, at least not MMO’s. I have been playing Sims Life Free play, XCOM: Enemy Within and Galactic Civilization II.