I logged on today with much anticipation about this 5th anniversary event and started out by playing the special event mission with Harry Kim. The mission is pretty good; I particularly like the two points in the mission where you are given a choice on how to play a certain portion. You get Normal, Hard and Very Hard options. I am not sure if the selection is for challenge purposes only or if your rewards are better for taking the tougher options. This mission is chock-full of puzzles so I am glad I took the “Normal”, translate “Easy” route. The puzzles are simple with the exception of the “maze”, that one is a bit time-consuming. I hate puzzles though so maybe it was me 😉 I like the story content of the mission though so it was still fun. Each week of this event the prize will change. Today I got the Kobali uniform along with some other fixed rewards. There is a chance in the maze to get a Kobali BOFF which I found on the left hand side of the maze about two-thirds to the end. Next week the opportunity to complete mission and earn the special Kobali Deflector, then another week and you get the Kobali Impulse Engines and finally the Kobali Shield. By that time you may have the Kobali cruiser already in hand and why not equip it with the special Kobali space set?
The special mini-game Cryptic created for this event was full of bugs today. There are Omega molecules scattered around and Q sends you on a daily mission to three different areas to destroy them. I was able to easily complete the mini-game on Earth Space Dock but could not get mission credit for the mini-games I played on Vulcan or K7. I made sure to play inside the mission marker. I played dozens of times on both Vulcan and K7 and never was awarded credit for completing the mission. Near as I can tell if too many people are trying to access the same Omega Molecule it just stops awarding points. I am not sure if this matters but the molecule that worked on ESD was both unoccupied by other players and glowing red instead of the blue glow on every other molecule I found. I also scored the highest on the one where I was alone even though I didn’t really do better on that one than the others. I was able to log back in and complete the mission. Perhaps by tomorrow they will have it operating smoothly. I don’t like galavanting about the universe to complete one daily grind mission, especially with the long cool-down on transwarp abilities so that part kind of sucks. They could have just had you go to one spot randomly each day.
One nice thing about the Omega particle mini-game is that you earn crafting supplies as well as Q-mendations. The destroyed Omega molecules leave crafting bits behind and they can be used to craft omega upgrade kits.
Hopefully Cryptic will get the bugs worked out soon. I want that ship! The ship looks pretty cool and I think it will have a special bridge option. There is a point in the mission with Harry Kim that you will be on that bridge.
The ship is a cruiser and is part of the special mission. The ship has a cool looking design but seems to be a pretty standard cruiser. The BOFF seats are heavily weighted towards engineering and the only universal chair is suited for an ensign. That is a bit “weak sauce” but at least it has two Lt. Commander seats with the second set up for a science officer. I like the 7 dps turn rate and the special console looks nice. This could be a strong tanking cruiser as it also has reasonably strong shields with a 1.15 modifier and a decent hull topping out at level 60 with a base of 58,000.
Looking back at some recent poll data, Gravity well has pulled out further comfortably in 1st place with over 25% of vote and hazard emitters has fallen well back at just 18%.
The Breen Sarr Theln is in a close second to the Jem’Hadar Carrier for best two bay carrier. Check back on the back issues to cast your vote in the polls. I have much to do in STO, so I will be back next week 🙂