Saturday, Mar 3 2018 19:25 | Defiance, Entertainment, MMORPG, PC, Sci-Fi, shootEmUp, trailer, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
Looks like Defiance (the MMO) is getting an update. The updated version launches this summer and is called Defiance 2050. The television show took place starting in 2046, so I guess the developers might be moving the timeline a little forward (well, the show was 3 seasons long, so many it picks up the story after the show?). On the good side of things it seems like they are streamlining the
Mine! Mine! Mine!
With the new Kramp'Ikri event on star trek online this season came a new accolade to collect: mine, mine, mine! I was aiming to earn this before Christmas hit (and I started working more on my dissertation)...and mission (just) accomplished! In the Kramp'Ihri event (usually comes along twice per hour) when you attack the Kramp'ihri, one of the things that he tosses at you (from time to time)
Winter Wonderland is here!
Monday, Dec 11 2017 02:00 | Entertainment, Games, holidays, MMORPG, online, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames, winter
One of my favorite seasonal STO events is here: Q's winter wonderland - where mischievous Q transports you to a...ermmm...winter wonderland...complete with winter events, winter clothing, and a new limited edition ship that you can claim.The Kramp'IhrThis year's addition to the game is the Kramp'Ihr - melding human winter-time monsters like the Krampus with Klingon undead (the Fekh'Ihr). It
This past weekend in Star Trek Online the Azure Nebula queue was the featured queue for group missions, which meant this was a good opportunity to earn an accolade that I haven't been able to get since I started going on the accolade hunt (mostly because people weren't queuing up for the Azure Nebula mission)In this mission... (from the STO wiki):After the briefing, the team will have twelve
Star Trek Online, Season 14
With Star Trek Las Vegas upon us, STO has announced some really interesting stuff coming down the pike, including captain Georgi LaForge, revamped Galaxy-class ships, and TNG Skants! I think that last one made me smile uncontrollably ;-) The Lukari and the Kentari seem to be kissing and making up for past aggression, and the Jem Hadar are back! When I saw the trailer (below) yesterday I expected
STO summer event is upon us!
Next week the summer event starts in STO. Looks like a T6 Vorgon dreadnaught is the main prize (really wish I could get the first two summer ships that I never bothered getting....and not in a Phoenix pack!)
Holy Chalupa, Batman!After close to 5 years of playing this Star Trek Online (since it went Free to Play basically) my primary character (Tolya Kotrolya) has finally maxed out all of his commendations! The elusive commendation was the "recruitment" commendation which for the Federation folk it seems pretty hard to get (unless you want to sacrifice a whole bunch of uncommon and rare Duty Offices
Star Trek Online: Season 13 - Escalation
Tuesday, May 2 2017 01:30 | Entertainment, MMORPG, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames, Windows
Escalation hit the interwebs last week, and having played a bit this weekend it's not bad! The Smoke & Mirrors mission reminded me a little of Star Wars (the aesthetic), and a little bit of Captain Planet (the "don't mess up your planet by polluting, Kids!)I played a bit in the competitive warzone queues and the space one is definitely my favorite or the two. The ground missions (invisible
Competitive Wargames Reputation - STO
Friday, Apr 14 2017 03:30 | Entertainment, MMORPG, online, reputation, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
Well... Just as I finished one reputation (Lukari), and have enough marks to get the gear...and now there is a new reputation coming along. More grind....more grind :p This one has several different types of sets that can be mixed and matched, which means a ton of grinding ahead. But hey, there are capes!
The artisanal sound system
When I logged into Star Trek Online I heard a bunch or BLIM, BLORP, SWOOOOSH sounds. I thought Q was at it again. Well, it turns out that it was just the new artisanal sonification system :p (Happy April Fools)
Best patch note ever!
Friday, Mar 31 2017 11:13 | Ancient Greece, Entertainment, MMORPG, Mythology, StarTrek, StarWars, SWTOR, video games, VideoGames
STO is down for maintenance. Last night the First Contact event was hard to get into, which I assume is one of the things being looked at. I loved this patch note today: Resolved an issue where the Heavy Escort Railgun was healing enemies instead of damaging them. Healing your enemies would make for some really long battles - but this gives me a good idea for a console:
First contact day is upon us!
Monday, Mar 27 2017 18:34 | Entertainment, Films, MMORPG, online, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
I saw, on the the STO blog, that First Contact day is almost upon us! For the event, STO will be doing the following:Captains who participate will search the area for useful parts, just like Cochrane scavenged the pieces for the Phoenix. Using these parts in conjunction with a basic hull assembly, captains will make their own model of the Phoenix by combining engines, hull, and stabilizer parts found
Star Trek Online: Reckoning is live
Friday, Jan 27 2017 10:30 | Entertainment, homework, MMORPG, PhD, School, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
And...just in time to tempt me to not do my homework over the weekend and spend time playing this game...such poor timing in life :p
Huzzah! More grinding!
Saturday, Jan 21 2017 01:00 | Entertainment, MMORPG, online, Sci-Fi, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
That title is a bit heavy on the sarcasm ;-)A new season of Star Trek Online has been announced, coming to us on PCs next week. The new season, titled "reckoning",continues the Lukari story arc, introduces the Tzenkethi (of Animated fame?), and of course introduces a new reputation titled "the Lukari restoration initiative", with new traits and gear you can get.I'll most likely get the gear
A temporal captain!
Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 08:21 | Entertainment, Games, MMORPG, online, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
Finally! I've now become an old school temporal captain ;-)About five years ago when I first started playing Star Trek online what I really wanted was to fly around in a Wells Class temporal science vessel (and sport the 29th century uniform). The problem? The Wells was a lockbox ship, and before I knew the odds of getting one I ended up opening a whole lot of temporal lockboxes with nothing
Starship drydock clean-up
While my alts in STO don't have a ton of ships, my main character has had both the main shipyard and the dry docks filled to capacity, leading to an inability of testing out new ships. So...I guess it was time for some early-semester cleaning. I went through and I got rid of ships that were either received by leveling up the character (Tier 1 through 5 ships), and ships that I could reclaim
Woah! STO ships to be available as models!
Well...that's some news! Last week Cryptic announced that models of their ships will be purchasable in the future since they just started a partnership with a 3D printing company for fulfillment. What it sounds like is that you'll be able to purchase a 3D printed version of a ship you own in the game (so I guess I need to either own, or have owned, C-Store and Lobi ships... dang...)
Adieu SWTOR & Defiance, hello WoW
In the most recent lootcrate there was a code for World of Warcraft, for all expansions (up until the most recent Legion expansion that just hit) and a month's worth of free playtime. With my hard drive a bit short on space I made the decision to get rid of Defiance and SWTOR and try to recoup some space for the 40Gb installation of World of Warcraft. After a couple of days of trying to
Now that's some fine lootin' !
Thursday, Jul 21 2016 09:38 | Entertainment, lootcrate, MMORPG, online, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
I received this month's lootcrate last night (woohoo!) and the physical goods were pretty cool. A planet express ship model, star trek decals, a comic book for 4001 AD (not sure what it is, so I guess I'll need to read it) and some Rick & Morty stuff (which again, not familiar with the series, but considering I've received Rick & Morty gear before, I might need to check out the series).Recently,
Agents of Yesterday official trailer
Wednesday, Jun 29 2016 01:30 | complaint, Entertainment, Games, MMORPG, online, StarTrek, trailer, video games, VideoGames, youtube
I was not convinced that I would be starting up a new character for this expansion, but after this trailer I am pumped! I may just create a new UFP character, do the faction specific missions, and then just use DOFF missions to level up to level 60. I might even skip most missions that I've done (at least) 4 times already. I guess this character falls into the tertiary category because
Star Trek Online - temporal Defense Reputation
Hey! With the advent of a new expansion, coming later on this summer, we will have a new reputation! The Temporal Defense Reputation (how many reputations is that now?). Along with the reputation you can earn, and the active and passive abilities,there is gear to be had!The ship gear actually looks pretty interesting. Considering that my main character is flying the Lobi version
Monday, Jun 13 2016 02:00 | Entertainment, MMORPG, StarTrek, summer, vacation, video games, VideoGames
The Risa summer event is back on Star Trek Online! I think that the event goes until July, at which point Agents of Yesterday drops. Risa and the Winter Wonderland are both seasonal favorites of mine :-) As much as people look down upon playing "space barbie" (i.e. focusing on how your character and ship look instead of DPS), I am looking forward to rounding out the summer outfits for
Mandalorian's Revenge (SWTOR)
I am still working on the original content (haven't even gotten to expansions!), but the new chapter coming in a few days is looking interesting!
Still going on with SWTOR...
You know... When I started playing SWTOR, I didn't think the game would be this long! After playing Defiance for a bit (still playing, but not as much - maybe an hour or so per week), I thought that SWTOR would be light on story, and heavy on the end-game stuff (that requires people to subscribe for goodies). I am pretty happy to report that there is still a ton of story left in this game!I
Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday
Woah! The third major expansion to star trek online has been announced! Taking advantage of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, Star Trek Online is doing a TOS themed expansion. This sounds pretty exciting as players can start a character from the start and explore strange new worlds through that lens. One of the starter packs also comes packed with ships from the TOS era, as well as some
Woohoo! EGO upgrades based on XP :)
I like Defiance (the game), but as someone who usually plays solo, and has not joined a clan, leveling up can be a pain since leveling up (EGO level) was tied to pursuits that you did throughout the game (kill this many of this, level of that many of that, do all the missions in this arc, and so on). That works fine for those who want to pursue those game goals, but for me, as a solo point-and-shoot
Last week, purely by chance, I was looking to see if there were any Defiance earth republic (erep) hats or insignia on eBay. It's a show I like and having played at least some of Dark Metamorphosis on the MMO, I thought that maybe someone had created a replica of the Hellbug Combat Cap headgear that you can get in-game (hey Trion - real world merch for in-game items - killer idea! ;-) ).Anyway,
Defiance | Dark Metamorphosis
Hey! There is a defiance update! Woohoo! This past weekend I downloaded an update to defiance - which was surprisingly small (my weekly STO patches seem quite huge in comparison). The Trion team released a short season update with the release of season 4: Dark Metamorphosis. This update brings us five new missions for our Arc hunters. Now that Nim Shodu has been defeated (hahaha!
Star Trek Horizon is out!
Friday, Mar 4 2016 03:00 | BattlestarGalactica, crowdfunding, FanFilm, MMORPG, online, Sci-Fi, space, Stargate, StarTrek, Video, video games, VideoGames, youtube
[SPOILERS - if you have not see it yet, go see it] A couple of summers ago, while driving around in Greece, I was listening to Trek.fm (best time to try new podcasts is when you are driving a lot!) In one of their shows (the continuing mission) they explore fan made productions that continue the stories set in the Trek universe - and Star Trek Horizon was one of these productions.After a long time
Trying out SWTOR
Jedi KnightJust before the Christmas break I decided to give Star Wars: The Old Republic a try. I am definitely much more of a Star Trek fan, but I decided to give this game a try anyway. It is free-to-play, so this was definitely a draw. The game takes place a long long long time ago, in a galaxy far far far away. As a player you have the ability to pick from six classes:
Do you have room in that pouch?
Tuesday, Feb 2 2016 11:00 | Defiance, Entertainment, Humor, MMORPG, online, StarTrek, SWTOR, video games, VideoGames
I never knew the joys of limited storage space...until I started playing MMORPGs... I haven't gotten to having 8 "mule" characters yet but who knows? If I continue playing, with all the expansions, I might end up there :p
I was meaning for that to sound a bit like the iconic "khaaaaaan" yell, but oh well - fell flat a bit. Not talking about Nim Chimpsky here, the famous chimp from the language study at Columbia, but rather Num Shandu, the Castithan general who lead the charge on Defiance (and lost). Seems like he needed some cybernetics in order to get him back to working order again. In any case,
Windows 10, out for a spin
Saturday, Nov 14 2015 04:30 | Games, Linux, Microsoft, MMORPG, StarTrek, tablet, Technology, ubuntu, upgrade, VideoGames, Windows
Sure, Windows 10 isn't "new" any more, and there are enough people out there that upgraded so that they could get that annoying popup to go away, but as an enterprise user I am happy to not have had to deal with that "do you want to upgrade now?" (they should have used Clippy to make those announcements) :-)With work done at my home, and my work computers resting for now, it seemed like a good time
Wednesday, Nov 11 2015 05:00 | Defiance, Entertainment, Games, MacOS, MMORPG, Movies, Performa, trailer, VideoGames, youtube
I came across this movie trailer the other day for a Warcaft movie. I've never been much into World of Warcraft the MMORPG, I have an aversion to paying montly fees for playing games (which is why I like free-to-play games like Defiance). The last time I played warcraft, it was WarCraft 2 on my Performa 635 and it looked like this:Watching the trailer I got vibes of Avatar and Lord of
New Dawn - Initial impressions
Kinda stinks to be both sick and have a ton of homework when new content arrives for games that you like to play, but oh well - such is life :) This past week Season 11 of Star Trek Online was released with new exploratory content, previous chapter revamps, a new reputation system, and some new PvE queues. I haven't had much time to dive in to play, but I did get some chance to go in and
Well...I guess it's adieu to Defiance and Dominion
Sunday, Oct 25 2015 04:00 | adieu, Defiance, Dominion, Entertainment, MMORPG, SciFi, Stargate, supernatural, Television
Awwww, nuts!As I was browsing my RSS feeds the other day I came across a news story that reported that both Defiance and Dominion, both SyFy channel series, have been cancelled! Come on Syfy! First Stargate, now this? ;-) What do you need more airtime for sharnados? LOL.Spoilers ahead -So, Dominion only got two seasons. The show was based, sort of, around the notions of the movie Legion,
A bullet for a badman!
Wednesday, Oct 14 2015 05:00 | Defiance, Entertainment, Games, MMORPG, SciFi, video games, VideoGames, western
Jackleg JoeIt's been a while since I wrote about Defiance. At last writing I was at an EGO rating of about 200, which apparently was a little problematic for beating Jackleg Joe, the boss of the last mission or Marin called Bullet for a Badman (which apparently is a Western movie title). In this mission I was stuck by not having enough capability to inflict damage on the enemies, so off I went
End of the Iconian War
Tuesday, Sep 29 2015 04:00 | Games, MMORPG, online, SciFi, Stargate, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
Well, the end of the Iconian War is upon us! The story arc that started with New Romulus a couple of years ago is now seeing its conclusion. During this arc we've explored ruins under New Romulus, we've discovered Dyson Spheres (two of them, in-fact) we've fought the Elachi, the Hirogen, the Undine, the Voth,... and the Iconians (wow, that's a lot of people to fight), and we've
Delta Rising | Done again!
Tuesday, Sep 1 2015 04:30 | Entertainment, Games, MMORPG, online, SciFi, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
Eris EzriI just completed Delta Rising again, this time on my Delta Recruit (Fleet Admiral Eris Ezri). I wasn't quite sure I'd make it all the way here with Eris Ezri, but somehow having a character this close to the current story-line and not being there seemed like a waste.For those curious, I was going to make Eris Ezris be a half Vorta, half Trill, liberated Bork (hence the name), but that
Sev: Andorian Antennae
Thursday, Aug 27 2015 05:00 | comics, Entertainment, Games, Humor, MMORPG, online, SciFi, Sev, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
This week's Sev Trek: Enterforaprize comic tackles the topic of Andorians and their Antennae. Andorians were actually one of my favorite species, as is evident from my Star Trek Online character who is also an Andorian.I forgot to mention last week that the punchline for all of the Sev comics (from what I remember) was always outsourced. There was a competition each week (or was it every 2 weeks?)
[Defiance]: The road to Sausolito
Wednesday, Aug 12 2015 04:30 | Defiance, Entertainment, Games, GTA, MMORPG, SciFi, Television, video games, VideoGames, Windows
RaidersI've been geeking out a bit on Defiance these past couple of weeks and focusing on getting the main missions completed before moving onto more episode-based missions. I am currently at an EGO rating of 292; pretty meager when you consider that the max EGO rating is around 6000, but anyway.Thus far I've completed the Mount Tam missions, where the main antagonists seem to be mutants of
Star Trek Online Season 11 (woot!)
Nice! Season 11 of Star Trek Online has been announced and it's titled New Dawn!Among the changes, listed on the developer blog:Along with new lore and story progression in Season 11, Star Trek Online will also be updated with new gameplay options in the form of the Admiralty System. Take command of your inactive starships to complete dangerous assignments and gather exciting rewards,
Getting my toes wet with Defiance
Tuesday, Jun 23 2015 07:00 | Defiance, Entertainment, MMORPG, SciFi, StarTrek, Television, video games, VideoGames, Windows, XBOX
RuthusWell, after a few years of being on the fence, and now that Defiance has gone free-to-play, I decided to give this game a try. I had actually bought the xbox disc (at a steep discount) back at Christmas, but I had not activated my xbox live subscription (school and all), so I never really got to play Defiance on my xbox. Once it went free-to-play (or at least f2p was announced for PS3
Star Trek Online - Delta Recruitement and Season 10
Saturday, Apr 25 2015 22:29 | borg, Entertainment, iconian, MMORPG, online, SciFi, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames, vorta
Admiral Eris EzriIt's been a while since I've written about Star Trek Online (I think so anyway). Over the past few weeks the game has been running a recruitment drive to get more players to play the game. To entice the new players the game is giving away both some tangible and intangible goodies. Anyone who creates a new characters between the start and the end of the recruitment event
End of year shipyard clearning
With 2014 coming to a close, with little room to grow in my Star Trek Online ship inventory, and with several ships (Tier 5 Upgrade and Tier 6), like the Sarr Theln Breen ship, I thought it would be a good idea to go through my inventory and clean things out a bit. I was keeping a number of ships around in a just in case I want to use them again fashion, but the truth is they are a bit underpowered
Star Trek: Delta Rising (some thoughts)
It's been a couple of months since the release of Delta Rising, the second expansion to Star Trek Online, and I've been playing, slowly but surely, through the content and the reputation XP (while still keeping track of my research reputation). I'm seeing that this week will see the release of Q's winter wonderland, so before that hits, and I start fighting snowmen, I think it's an opportunity
Vacation on Risa
While on my own Risian vacation (in Greece), I've been keeping tabs in Star Trek Online to see what's been happening in-game and what goodies await me when I return. Just like last summer, the Risa special event is back! Last year, while on vacation, the event was released and I missed more than half of it. I did star playing some of the special mini-games, but since I could nor get the Risian Corvette
Shipyard spring clearning
With regular spring cleaning happening around here, I thought it would be a good opportunity to clean out the old shipyard of ships that I either rarely use in Star Trek Online, such as some free C-Store ships that I got as a promotion, or ships that I received earlier in the "career" of my captain that are just underpowered at the moment and can't really compete with end-game content.U.S.S. KouroutaFrom
Star Trek Online - Season 9 imminent
It's nice to see Season 9 of Star Trek online coming out next week, too bad it's not coming out on Monday when I can actually play it (holiday). Oh well. I guess I will have to play as much as I can in the morning before I go to work :)Thus far I've maxed out Tolya (the Federation Admiral), and I am working on getting some of the loot (Dyson and Borg reputation systems) for the Romulan and Klingon.
Sphere of influence: first weekend
U.S.S. Amaliada A week ago season 8 of Star Trek online was released. Of course it was released on on Tuesday which meant that I wouldn't get to it until the weekend. Oh well, it was worth the wait. Over the weekend I spent some time trying out the new areas on the Solenae Dyson Sphere with my main character (federation tactical captain) to get a bearing. Before the season was released I was really
Star Trek Online Season 8 now available :)
It's here! Finally out of beta :)Now, if only it were available yesterday when I had a day off... I guess I will have to wait until the weekend.
More fall cleaning: R.R.W. Krogan Decommissioned
R.R.W. KroganHaving cleaned up my Federattion Admiral last week (at least a bit) , I decided to clean up the Klingon General (Del'Aurian) and my Romulan Admiral (D'Nel) before things got too messy with my ships inventory. Thus, I ended up decommissioning two more Ships from my arsenal.First was a T'Liss Warbird from D'Nel's inventory, the R.R.W. Krogan (names after a species in the video game
Well... I wasn't particularly looking for another MMO to start, but I have been getting recommendations for EVE online and Marvel Heroes. The Marvel Heroes trailer looks good, and it's free-to-play! If I have space in my hard drive I may end up testing it out :)
Shi'Khar decommissioned, Nukara Tier V reached
U.S.S. Sagittaron NCC-94534Well, after a couple of months of grinding through Star Trek Online with the new Legacy of Romulus expansion pack, I've played through the new missions on the Federation side (still haven't given the avatar a proper name and background. Oh well, one of these days). I've also just unlocked Tier V on the Nukara reputation front, which means I can start collecting
SWOTR, no go....
Over the weekend I decided to download and try out Star Wars: The Old Republic, a free to play MMORPG. I am not a huge Star Wars fan, I neither love it, nor I hate it. I just like it. So, with Star Trek Online being a little flaky this weekend I decided to download SWOTR and try it out. I was looking forward to it, but I didn't get very far with it. As a matter of fact I didn't even get
Tribble test fail :)
I was looking forward to playing on the beta server (Tribble) of Star Trek Online in order to get a preview of the new Legacy of Romulus expansion. Since I will be on vacation when it lands I was quite excited to see what Cryptic did with the story of the Romulans and how things progress.Well, after an accepted application to join the beta (didn't seem like it was that big of a wait) I was able
Legacy of Romulus coming our way!
OK, so this may be a bit of old news, but I am just getting to it now :) There is a new expansion coming to the Star Trek Online MMO which will feature the romulans as a faction that players can play. No much is known yet, but the developers have put up an Q&A blog post that has been quite informative.What I am hoping for is some new content. I ground through the Federation missions
Woot! Vice Admiral rank achieved!
Alright! I finally made it to Vice Admiral on Star Trek Online ("3 Stars" equivalent to real military) and thus I have reached the highest rank in the game (level 50). Too bad, because I was looking forward, with Season 7 just being released, having the capability of going up to full Admiral. Oh well!I got my Vice Admiralty while completing Season 4. Not bad at all! I am currently mostly finishing
Made Rear Admiral!
OK, so this past weekend I made Rear Admiral (lower half). I suppose that by next weekend I will make Rear Admiral upper half the way I am going. I am actually quite surprised at how quickly I am leveling up! It seems as though the number of experience points required to reach higher levels is linear and not exponential in nature. Oh well, I am not complaining ;-) I just wish I had
This weekend, through some bizarre confluence of spare time and family visits, I spend (what seems to be) a crazy amount of time with Star Trek Online. I now can appreciate the addiction nature of MMORPGs. While I have not joined any guilds (or fleets, as they are called in STO), and I have elected to continue to play solo, it is really easy to just go for one more mission, and then realize
Made it to Commander!
I've been playing Star Trek Online now (tempted to go for lifetime membership, but not sure I want to spend the money), and this weekend I made it up one more rank to Commander (level 20 character) which not only gives me a new ship (went with an Akira class escort this time), but also unlocks the Klingon missions too! I think I will leave the Klingon missions alone for now until I level up to
Star Trek Online | progress update
Last weekend I spent some time playing Star Trek Online with the intent of getting promoted to Lieutenant Commander, and getting a new ship. I had my eyes set on a new Excelsior class starship, but through bad clicking (and maybe some glitchyness?) I was given a Constitution class starship. OK, not a big deal, the main thing is that I now have an additional photon torpedo tube that I can use
My first MMO: Star Trek Online
So, I guess I can’t claim that I am not playing an MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) game any longer. I must confess, it was all a matter of the right theme, and the right price in order to get me to play an MMO game. World of Warcraft as a theme didn’t do it for me, and the subscription wasn’t really to my liking (considering that given my luck, whenever I pay for a subscription,