Thursday, October 17, 2013

Science News and Views 1

                So today we have the very first Science News and Views. I will cover Star Trek Online; the only science fictions based game I am currently playing.  At some point, I will return to XCOM: Enemy Unknown, but for now it’s strictly Star Trek Online.

Star Trek Online

                So I figure I should first explain this game a little bit. Star Trek Online (STO) is a free to play MMORPG. You take on the role of a ship’s captain. You will send crewmen off on missions, take bridge crew on ground missions and fly your ship in space battles. As the name implies, it is based in the Star Trek Franchise, but not part of the alternate timeline that JJ Abrams has created.  You can me a member of the Federation, Klingon Empire or Romulan Republic. So that is the basics.

                STO is working on Season 8, seasons being expansion. The new Season is The Sphere and will deal with a Dyson Sphere that is home base of some Voth. The Voth are a dinosaur-like species from the Voyager series. They are more advanced than anything in the Alpha Quadrant. In this expansion, they are aslo coming out with a new federation ship, Avenger Class Battlecruiser. This ship is designed to look like it was built for war but retain the classic look and feel of Federation ships. So far, I think that it looks good.

                The expansion will have space and ground combat. The Voth ground forces include high tech armored Voth soldiers, cyborged dinosaurs with lasers, and armored battle mechs that are mini tanks. These units have interactivity amongst themselves so that they developed tactics that combine the unit powers together for greater effects. This will make it that your ground missions and away teams will have to work together to beat the high tech Voth and what other threats they have yet to release. The Voth are not being presented so much as an enemy of the state but a organization with goals at odds with our government’s goals. No animosity but a desire to control the future of the Dyson Sphere.

                For those who don’t know what a Dyson Sphere is, let me try to explain. Take a sun and build a ball of metal surrounding it. Put the walls of this ball the same distance from the sun as the Earth is and now you have a basic idea. The people would live on the walls of the ball with a sun always shining down on you.  This is the general idea.

                They are still working on this expansion and as they release more info, I will update this blog. Tune in tomorrow for the Modern News and Views.  Have fun everyone!

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