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Klink TAC / Mar 25, 2017
Huge re-balancing coming for space, there has already been one for ground (which was not too bad) but the one for space will kill off almost all builds currently available..
According to Cryptic its to "Increase the Fun".. so start having fun or i will beat you with a stick.

More than likely people like Shaun and Felisean from https://www.sto-league.com/ will come up with new builds and templates for skill tree quickly.

Don't do any skill respect or upgrade any gear until it has gone to live servers, many things will be changing and its not known what consoles will be viable.

Now lets just hope this doesn't kill off the already dead game population. regardless, many of us are playing other games and we welcome people to try different things (anal) and invite others to join (gangbangs).
Klink TAC / Aug 03, 2016
There are many great rewards on offer for completing certain objectives with the new TOS characters.. some of these will take some time, but the rewards are impressive.

The most important one is once you get your TOS characters to tier 5 in all reputations eg nukara, omega, delta etc. you will get a account unlock that makes all crafted reputation gear to be Mk 13 Ultra Rare. this is great as it will save you alot of dilithium especially for crafting the iconian 4 peice space set.

Another great reward is a starship trait for completing the story arcs (except the iconian and dyson). standard version is +2%crth/+10%crtd and the improved version is +3%/15% when using an emergency power ability for 15secs with no lockout period.

There is also a nice upgrade to specialization traits to a new "superior" version to the current spec traits on offer eg. pedal to the metal etc.. when you complete all the primary spec trees with your TOS character it will grant a superior version to the traits they have for all characters on your account. this will take some time to do.

The last reward worth mentioning is the special doffs you can claim as you progress to tier 4 in the different trees. these rewards will take longer to obtain but there are some very nice rewards for doffs that would normally cost you hundreds of millions of EC. Only downside is that the golden specialist is the only one that is unlocked for all your characters, while the very rare ones are only for your TOS. but they are very special.. take a look.


Very Rare: TOS unlock only: x4 Trees to Tier 4


Epic Doff: Account Wide: x6 Trees to Tier 4
Corran / Jun 28, 2016
It's like someone just hit the reset button on the exchange.

Plasmonic leeches are now 22 mil ec
Kemocite 1 selling for only 40 mil ec


downside
keys are 6.5 mil ec
Dil exchange is 475 to 1 zen and rising



Star Trek Online: Infinity Lock Box
By LaughingTrendy Tue 28 Jun 2016 09:30:00 AM PDT



We are excited to announce a complete overhaul of our existing “All Lock Box Drop” Event, with the introduction of a new method of obtaining prizes from retired Lock Boxes: The Infinity Lock Box

Beginning with the upcoming event, players will no longer find old lock boxes being rewarded by missions and defeating enemies, but will instead be occasionally rewarded with Infinity Lock Boxes. These boxes, just like all previous lock boxes, require a Master Key to open. However, the contents will include prizes from nearly all retired boxes in a single, massive prize table!

In order to help ensure that this massive number of prizes doesn’t place your desired prize too far out of reach, we are introducing an element of choice into the Infinity Lock Box. Most prize entries will reward the key-user with an Infinity Prize Pack for whichever prize entry they won. Infinity Prize Packs are bound to the person that won them, but offer an unrestricted choice as to which item they wish to have won. Once that choice is made, the item(s) rewarded will be unbound, and can be freely traded/sold/gifted to other players.

EXAMPLE:
You may win an item named “Infinity Prize Pack: T6 Starship” which will be bound to the character that won it. Upon using/activating this package, you will be presented with a choice that includes all previously offered T6 Starships: Benthan Assault Cruiser, Vaadwaur Manasa Assault Escort, Krenim Imperium Warship, etc.

Choosing any of those entries will reward you with a packed-up version of the chosen ship, which can then be kept and opened for yourself, or freely traded/sold/gifted to other players.

The Infinity Lock Box will only be available for a limited time! However, each time it returns it will be updated with additional prizes from more recently-retired Lock Boxes, offering even greater variety and choice of prizes to be won.

The table below shows which prize entries will grant choices via an Infinity Prize Pack, and which will reward random (non-bound) prizes directly into your inventory.

PRIZE ENTRY

TYPE

EXAMPLE PRIZES

T6 Ultra-Rare Ship

Infinity Prize Pack

Vonph Herald Dreadnought Carrier [T6]

T6 Ship

Infinity Prize Pack

Krenim Imperium Warship [T6]

T5 Ship

Infinity Prize Pack

Tal Shiar Adapted Destroyer [T5]

T5 Secondary Ship

Infinity Prize Pack

Mirror Universe ships, Kazon Raider

Consoles

Infinity Prize Pack

Plasmonic Leech, Vaadwaur Constriction Anchor

Space Trait

Infinity Prize Pack

Precise, Anchored, Fluidic Cocoon

Ground Trait

Infinity Prize Pack

Pack Leader, Molt, Photonic Armor Protocol

Bridge Officer Training Manual

Infinity Prize Pack

Kemocite-laced Weaponry, Subspace Vortex

Kit Module

Infinity Prize Pack

Vaadwaur Anchor Drone, Deadly Intent, Gravimetric Traps (***)

Weapon Pack

Infinity Prize Pack

Phased Tetryon, Coalition Disruptors

Duty Officers

RANDOM

Tholian Warfare Specialists, Temporal Duty Officers

X-Large Boosts

RANDOM

Extra-Special VIP Dilithium Claims, 150 Fleet Mark Bonus Pools

Duty Officer Assignments

RANDOM

Temporal Beacon, Holonovel Fragment

Large Boosts

RANDOM

VIP Dilithium Claims, 100 Fleet Mark Bonus Pools

Kit Frames

RANDOM

Xindi Experimental Kit Frames, Fluidic Kit Frames

Crafting Packs & Duty Officer Packs

RANDOM

Gamma Quadrant Duty Officers, R&D Booster Packs

*** Infinity Prize Pack: Kit Module only offers a choice of Profession (Eng, Sci, Tac or Universal). The Kit Module rewarded is still randomized, within the chosen profession



The Infinity Lock Box Event will first appear on June 28nd and run up until the release of the Agents of Yesterday expansion.

Q&A

Q: Will existing Lock Boxes be updated? Can they still be obtained?
A: No. The contents of existing retired Lock Boxes will not be updated to reflect these changes, and we will no longer allow retired Lock Boxes to be acquired in-game.

Q: When new prizes are added, will existing Infinity Prize Packs be updated?
A: Yes. But they are only updated once when each Infinity Event begins anew. Prizes offered within the Infinity Lock Box will also not include the most recently retired Lock Box – addition of those prizes will be delayed for some time.



Jeremy “BorticusCryptic” Randall
Staff Systems Designer
Star Trek Online

https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10046693
Klink TAC / May 05, 2016
Brace yourself for another mega c-store ship bundle coming.. normally i would be happy but it looks like they "maybe" federation only which kinda sux.. #Klingonlivesmatter

http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/game-pack/detail/918-temporal-special-agent-pack

Also congrats to Ryan for his "dirty teamplay cheating", ISA and getting 381k in a Tier 1 ship doing a gateway doping(porching) run..
For the record, changes have been made to CLR uploads to exclude runs that do >45% of their damage to gateway to help counter this type of gameplay as it is very easily abused.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeshiuKvoLc&feature=youtu.be

ShAuNmAn-X / Apr 12, 2016
What is posted above is entirely correct. With 11.5 now live more people will be in STO doing stuff but TAF as a whole also play other online games. The bulk of our shenanigans are in star trek online but we also play other games such as SWTOR, Grand Theft Auto V, Civilization V, and World of Warships to name a few. If you ever get the feeling that we're dead look for our members on these other titles. STO burnout is a real thing and people need to take a break from time to time. If they didn't less people would be playing overall.

Facts: STO just finished a chain of very grindy, monotonous events (anniversary, mirror, breach) and people need a break from that at times.

I would like to take this opportunity to emphasize that overall we are a gaming community. We do place a lot of emphasis on STO but we game on other titles as a community. I know a lot of our member base is united by our passion for Trek and having fun with it but this community goes much deeper than that. We are about having fun online with each other in multiple ways. We are a group of friends united by our love for gaming and the unique brand of insanity that TAF has become known for.

I just wanted this to be a message to everyone that we haven't slowed down and we haven't died. We are very much alive and kicking.