The Delta Recruiting Event ends in three weeks. I have managed to get my recruit up to Level 55 despite limited playtime with him. This is largely due to the accelerated 0-50 leveling the event provides. I picked up nearly every piece of specialized gear. I just have to finish the Breen story arc to pick up the remaining prizes.
I hope all of you took advantage of the free character slot Cryptic gave away and built a Delta Recruit. Most of the awards are account wide and all of your other toons can visit the Temporal Agent at Earth Spacedock, Romulan Flotilla, or First City to receive the items your Delta Recruit has earned. You still have time to turbo blast a Delta Recruit through the whole story arc! Participating in these events encourages Cryptic to continue offering cool new stuff so be sure to do at least one Delta Recruit before this all ends on May 21st. If you start one be sure to not skip the tutorial part because that is important for the Delta Recruit rewards.
I like the ship trait awarded account wide at the halfway point. This is a solid trait that I will use on several of my toons. It is called Temporal Insight and at the conclusion of all story arcs it is doubled in strength. Every time you use a hull heal this trait gives you 2 seconds of invulnerability (doubles to 4 seconds when your Delta Recruit completes all story arcs). It can only activate once every 45 seconds which honestly is pretty fair. This is an account wide item.
I picked up the Temporal Negotiator and I was excited about the prospect of its ability. I am not as excited after using it however. It cuts the cool down of all BOFF abilities in half. This is ideal for those pesky Borg that activate all the BOFF cool downs with whatever that Borg ability is called. It has a long cool down of 5 minutes though and it only effects BOFF cool downs which are not that long anyway. It would have been awesome if it effected the longer cool down cycles of the Captain’s abilities as well. This item uses a device slot not a console slot so that is pretty cool especially for cruisers that have four device slots! None the less, this is a handy device for that terrifying moment when you are down to 10% hull and your engineering team still has 20 seconds to go!
I should have the last piece, the Paradox Corrector in a day or so. This is a ground device that allows you to revive yourself and up to five allies and gives those five allies a 50% health heal. You can even activate it while your dead 🙂 That can be handy. I’ll have to try it out.
For those of you that haven’t done a Delta Recruit, the fleet marks and reputation marks alone are worth the effort. These are account wide bonuses and you will end up with 150 fleet marks and 845 reputation marks (your choice of reputation, 10, 35, 100, 200, 500 marks). Additionally there are some fleet and reputation specific dilithium awards also. The devices above and a cool photonic BOFF are all account wide as well.
After running through this event I commend Cryptic for offering a nice incentive to start another toon. There are some one and done players out there that choose to work a single character to perfection rather than have a variety of toons like I do. This event allows them to experience a second toon while adding to the powers of their primary character. Bravo, that was a great idea.
I would like to see less character bound and more account bound items however. I realize that unique, reputation, fleet, or special event gear needs to be bound to the character. But all the other gear honestly should be account bound on equip. I refrain from buying any significant low mark value gear because it is almost always character bound upon equipping. Why would I spend a million EC on a very rare Mark IV phaser array when all I can do after a lousy few days of using it, is dump it at a vendor for 8,000 EC or recycle it for less than that? After all, how long is any toon stuck between level ten and twenty? If cryptic really wants to encourage us to make more toons than they need to make more stuff account wide. For most of us the early game missions are something we blast through to reach the top-tier. It is hard to do that with only cheap base equipment and dropped items. If I could buy top shelf Mark II, IV, VI, VIII and X gear and use it, then hand it down to other toons, I would be much more likely to start a new toon. That said, I am a fan boy so I have 11 toons anyway. Many people only have one toon, and perhaps the character bound fetish that Cryptic seems to have is part of the problem. You listening Cryptic?
Have you all been following the posts on ARC about the new line of Pilot ships coming soon! I am excited about them I probably will only buy one maybe two. This new series of ships is going to have three versions for each faction and they will offer a three-pack for the price of two for each faction or a nine for the price of five deal if you take the whole
I would love to see Cryptic offer a mix and match three for two ship deal. Honestly I’d like to have one ship from each faction and a three for two deal where I can choose which three might tempt me to buy more ships. Just sayin’. Come on Cryptic, show us some love here 😉 As it is I’ll probably buy a Pilot Feddie ship or maybe a KDF tactical. We’ll see how that goes down and I’ll surely post a review on whatever ship I fly.
How many of you participated in the Delta Recruit Event and did you like it? Chime in with this poll.