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STOked Radio Interview

By author CaptainSmirk @ February 14, 2014 at 10:00am

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Mav, Nikki, and Irish sat down to talk with newly commissioned PWE Community Team Lead Brandon "BranFlakes" Felczer about his new role and his team in this week's episode of STOked Radio.

 

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New Priority One Interview

By author CaptainSmirk @ February 13, 2014 at 2:00pm

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In this week's episode of Priority One, the crew sits down to talk to PWE Community Team Lead Brandon "BranFlakes" Felczer and STO Community Manager Trevor "CaptainSmirk" McNesby about their new roles.

 

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Dilithium 101

By author CaptainSmirk @ February 13, 2014 at 10:00am

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This monthly article features useful information about Dilithium, including what it is, how to earn it, and how to use it in-game. We’ll be featuring this article monthly, and adding to it as more questions about Dilithium arise.

What is Dilithium?

Beginning with the launch of Season 5: Call to Arms, Dilithium has become the major form of currency in Star Trek Online – it is primarily used to purchase in-game items, including ground and ship gear, starships, select Duty Officers and crafting materials, and is used to begin some Duty Officer Assignments. With the launches of Season 6, 7 and 8, Dilithium is also used in select Starbase, Embassy,  Dilithium Mine and Spire Fleet Projects.

How is Dilithium earned?

Dilithium is primarily earned by completing in-game missions (PvP and PvE dailies, events, STFs, Duty Officer Assignments, spotlighted and qualified Foundry missions, etc.), and is awarded as Dilithium Ore. Players can also go mining for Dilithium Ore once per day on the Vlugta Asteroid Field, near Deep Space Nine, in the Beta Ursae Sector Block.

Before this Ore can be spent, it must be refined. Players are able to refine up to 8,000 Dilithium Ore per day – 800 Day Veteran subscribers also have access to a special Duty Officer Assignment on Starfleet Academy (Fed), Klingon Academy (KDF), and New Romulus Command (Rom) that allows for extra Dilithium refining (1,000 extra for a 48 hour assignment). Gold members also have a special perk that allows them to refine Dilithium automatically upon logging in, up to one previous week’s worth.

Also, the recent introduction of the Fleet Dilithium Mine Outpost has added more benefits for earning and refining Dilithium! Check out the full details on this new addition here.

STOWiki.org has done a fantastic job creating a Dilithium information page that provides a full list of missions that award Dilithium, including amounts. You can check it out here.

Refined Dilithium is also available via the in-game Dilithium Exchange, which can be accessed via the downward arrow on the mini-map. Here, you can exchange ZEN you’ve transferred into STO for Refined Dilithium, and vice-versa. It’s important to note that the Dilithium Exchange is a live marketplace – exchange rates are driven by the playerbase, depending on how much of one currency they are willing to trade for another, and such rates may fluctuate from moment to moment.
 

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How do I use Dilithium in-game?

As mentioned, once Dilithium Ore is refined, it becomes a spendable currency.

Many ships in-game require Dilithium to be purchased. Federation players can find Starship Requisitions at Earth Spacedock, Deep Space 9, Deep Space K-7 and Starbase 39-Sierra. Klingon players can find Starship Requisitions in the orbiting shipyard of Qo’noS. And Romulan players can find Starship Requisitions at the hubs of their allies, New Romulus Command, and the Flotilla.

Players can also buy many different types of ground and space gear from various vendors across the galaxy. Federation players will find that Earth Spacedock is home to vendors who take Dilithium, and Klingon players will want to visit Qo’noS to spend their Dilithium. Romulans can visit vendors on the hubs of their allies, in addition to New Romulus Command and the Flotilla. Gear can also be purchased directly from the Dilithium Store on the minimap.

If you are looking at crafting higher tier items at Memory Alpha, most recipes call for Common and Uncommon Unreplicateable Materials. These are purchased with Dilithium and can be obtained from a vendor on Memory Alpha (Fed), Qo’noS (KDF), or New Romulus Command (Rom), or through the Dilithium Store on the minimap.

Select Duty Officers can be purchased with Dilithium from Lt. Ferra at Starfleet Academy (Fed), Lt. S’stas at Klingon Academy (KDF), and Centurion Velaar at New Romulus Command (Rom) – these Duty Officers are of Uncommon/ green and higher quality. As you participate in various Duty Officer Assignments, you will notice that some of them will require Dilithium. Similarly, Season 6: Under Siege introduced the new Fleet Advancement System. While some of the Starbase Fleet Projects your Fleet Officers decide to undertake may require large amounts of Dilithium, you can choose how much you would like to contribute at a given time – this allows for multiple fleetmates to contribute smaller amounts at a time if they wish. 

For those players that would like to “thank” the author of a Foundry mission you’ve recently enjoyed, at the end of the mission, along with your review, you can choose to leave a “tip” of refined Dilithium. Among other things, this helps authors fund the purchase of additional Foundry project slots, which means more Foundry missions for you to play!

How do I use the Dilithium Exchange in-game?

To access the Dilithium Exchange, click on the downward arrow on the mini-map and select “Dilithium Exchange” – this can also be accessed while browsing the Dilithium Store for items and clicking on “Buy Dilithium”, and through the button on the “Assets” tab of your inventory.

Again, it’s important to note that the Dilithium Exchange is a live marketplace – exchange rates are driven by the playerbase, depending on how much of one currency they are willing to trade for another, and such rates may fluctuate from moment to moment.

The following images provide more information on how to use the Exchange:
 

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A:
This is the “Buy ZEN” tab.
B: This section displays the top offers to sell ZEN.

  • Example: row 1 tells us that there is 220,170 ZEN available for 125 Refined Dilithium per ZEN.

C: This section displays any outstanding offers you have on the exchange. If you wish to cancel an offer, click on the offer to highlight it and then click the “Cancel Offer” button. Canceling an offer will put the Refined Dilithium you put onto the exchange into your “Exchange Balance” (F).
D: This section is where you can decide how much Refined Dilithium you would like to offer to buy ZEN. All 3 fields may have values entered in them, and the “Total Dilithium to sell” field is automatically updated as you adjust the values above it*.

  • Example: if you would like to submit an offer to buy 100 ZEN, you would put “100” in the “ZEN to buy” field, and then the amount of Refined Dilithium you would be willing to pay per ZEN acquired – the “Total Dilithium to sell” field would then update with the total Refined Dilithium you need in order to purchase 100 ZEN at that “Dilithium per ZEN” price.

E: Once you have entered the information in the fields above (D), click the “Submit Offer To Buy” button to confirm and submit your offer to buy ZEN. When you enter a buy ZEN offer, all the dilithium for it is taken from you immediately. If you get the ZEN for a cheaper price, or you withdraw your offer before it is completely fulfilled, you get that dilithium back. NOTE: ZEN purchased via the Exchange are bound to Star Trek Online.

  • If there are not existing sell offers that match your quantity and price, you might get part or none of your order, and it will be fulfilled later when there is a matching sell order. 

F: This section shows your current Exchange Balance. Canceling an offer will put the Refined Dilithium you put onto the exchange into this balance. Future offers will first pull from these balances and you can withdraw available Refined Dilithium or ZEN from your Exchange Balance at any time.
G: This section shows your current character’s Refined Dilithium balance, and your account’s ZEN balance.

 

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A: This is the “Sell ZEN” tab.
B: This section displays the top offers to buy ZEN.

  • Example: row 1 tells us that there is 162,494 ZEN available for 123 Refined Dilithium per ZEN.

C: This section displays any outstanding offers you have on the exchange. If you wish to cancel an offer, click on the offer to highlight it and then click the “Cancel Offer” button. Canceling an offer will put the ZEN you put onto the exchange into your “Exchange Balance” (F).
D: This section is where you can decide how much ZEN you would like to offer to buy Refined Dilithium. All 3 fields may have values entered in them, and the “Total Dilithium to buy” field is automatically updated as you adjust the values above it*.

  • Example: if you would like to submit an offer to sell 100 ZEN, you would put “100” in the “ZEN to sell” field, and then the amount of Refined Dilithium you are wanting to get per ZEN sold – the “Total Dilithium to buy” field would then update with the total Refined Dilithium you would get if your offer matched or beat an outstanding offer on the exchange.

E: Once you have entered the information in the fields above (D), click the “Submit Offer To Sell” button to confirm and submit your offer to sell ZEN. When you enter a sell ZEN offer, all the ZEN for it is taken from you immediately. If you get the Dilithium for a cheaper price, or you withdraw your offer before it is completely fulfilled, you get that ZEN back. NOTE: ZEN placed in the Exchange will permanently bind them to Star Trek Online. 

F: This section shows your current Exchange Balance. Canceling an offer will put the ZEN you put onto the exchange into this balance. You can withdraw available Refined Dilithium or ZEN from your Exchange Balance at any time, but you need to manually withdraw the ZEN in order to use it in a new sell offer. 
G: This section shows your current character’s Refined Dilithium balance, and your account’s ZEN balance.

 

*If buying ZEN, the Refined Dilithium price must be set between 25 and 500 Refined Dilithium and offers must be set to at least 1 ZEN and no more than 5,000 ZEN. If selling ZEN, offers must be set to at least 1 ZEN and no more than 5,000 ZEN and the Refined Dilithium price must be set between 25 and 500 Refined Dilithium.

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Season 8 Dev Blog #49

By author CaptainSmirk @ February 12, 2014 at 12:00pm

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New Ship Materials

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Greetings Captains! The folks here at the Cryptic shipyard have some good news for many of you. We're adding a few new materials (coming soon) to a large portion of playable ships. Keep reading to get the specifics.

With the release of the Mogh Class Battle Cruiser we introduced a new ship material. This material was originally going to be unique to the Mogh, but we decided the various Klingon Refits and special ships needed some additional customization options, and this new material was a perfect solution to that. It is also a pleasure to announce that we have added an additional material option to the Mogh. Much in the same way that the Federation Avenger Class Battle Cruiser has a black hull material variant, the Mogh is receiving a similar extra material as well. Please note, that this new material will remain exclusive to the Mogh (and fleet Mogh).

 

Klingon Ships

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This addition of a special material to many purchasable Klingon vessels will be on par with the way special materials are part of similar ships of the Romualn Republic and Federation factions. Below is a list of ships that will unlock the new material upon claiming them. The variants of the ships listed below will thusly be granted the Type 3 material as well once these skins go live (watch for Patch Notes).

  • B'Rotlh Class Bird of Prey
  • Qaw'Dun Class Bird of Prey
  • Ning'tao Class Bird of Prey
  • HoH'SuS Class Bird of Prey
  • Fleet HoH'SuS Class Bird of Prey
  • Puyjaq Class Raptor
  • SuQob Class Raptor
  • K't'inga Class Battle Cruiser
  • Vor'Kang Class Battle Cruiser
  • Bortasqu' Class Battle Cruiser
  • Korath Class Temporal Science Vessel
  • Peghqu’ Heavy Destroyer
  • Tu’Duj Fighter

Once these go live, you can find the new material in ship customization labeled as "Type 3" – If you already own one of these ships, you might have to reclaim the vessel from the in-game Zen store.

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Federation Ships

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But, that's not all. If you're a fan of Starfleet ships, that long-missing "Type 5" material is making a return. In an attempt to constantly update ship content, this material has been revamped, and added to all Starfleet ships, completely for free. Once these go live, just head over to ship customization and check it out. This material will be available on all future Starfleet ships as part of the standard array of materials.

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In the end, we are very happy with how these new materials have turned out, and hope that you enjoy them as well. Make sure to visit your local ship tailor when these go live (watch for Patch Notes) and try these new materials on any of the vessels listed above that you own. The new ship switching technology introduced with Season: 8.5 gives you the perfect opportunity to swap your ships out and catch a glimpse of these new materials in action.

Ian “JamJamz” Richards
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Free Shuttle & Lobi via Arc

By author PWE_BranFlakes @ February 10, 2014 at 10:00am

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We’re pleased to announce that we are giving STO players who have downloaded and play STO through Arc a FREE Ferengi Na'Far and 20 Lobi Crystals!

Claiming your shuttle and Lobi Crystals is easy! Simply log into Star Trek Online via the Arc client on the character you’d like to obtain these items on and they will be waiting for you in your inventory, in addition to a “thank you” message from the STO team in your mailbox. NOTE: While this offer is limited to once per account (the first character you sign into STO with via Arc as of today), the shuttle and Lobi are account bound and can be traded to another one of your characters via the account shared bank (if you have one available to you). If your inventory is full, the items will be placed into your overflow bag.

RED ALERT! This specific promotion* warps away on Monday, March 31, 2014. RED ALERT!

*The shuttle/Lobi promotion is separate from the free Khan uniforms that we’re giving away (uniforms do not currently have an end date) – more information about these exclusive uniforms can be found here. A player who has already obtained the Khan uniform can also obtain the shuttle/ Lobi.

Haven’t signed up for Arc and would like these free items for yourself? You can join today by downloading the Arc client here:

 

And, the freebies don’t stop there! Check out this blog for details on how you can claim more in-game items for many other games available through Arc.

Enjoy these amazing items, and thank you again for playing Star Trek Online through Arc. We'll see you in-game!

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Escapist Magazine Interviews Ricossa

By author CaptainSmirk @ February 7, 2014 at 4:00pm

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In this article at Escapist Magazine, Lead Producer Steve "SalamiInferno" Ricossa, Jr. discusses the last 4 years of STO, and things to come!.

 

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Friday Screenshot Available

By author CaptainSmirk @ February 7, 2014 at 3:00pm

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We've added a new screenshot to the screenshot gallery! Have you played the new Feature Episode, "A Step Between Stars," yet? Play now to claim its Special Rewards!

 

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Season 8 Dev Blog #48

By author CaptainSmirk @ February 6, 2014 at 10:00am

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Spire Featured Project #7

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The discovery of the Solanae Dyson Sphere has provided a unique opportunity to fleets of all factions. The Romulan Republic is leading the Joint Command in charge of operations inside the Sphere, and they know that the Dyson Sphere is too immense for them to divert adequate resources for a full survey of it. As a result, Joint Command has started to assign liberated Spires to fleets in an effort to further exploratory efforts inside the Sphere.

Similar to Fleet Starbases, Embassies and Dilithium Mines, special projects will become available from time to time for a fleet’s Spire. Completion of these special projects will unlock new features to expand the functionality and appearance of your Spire. Be quick, though – when a special project becomes available, it will only be available for a limited time; you must start the project before the end of the feature. Once you’ve started the project, you can keep working on it until it’s finished, even if the special event ends. As with Starbases, Embassies and Dilithium Mines, you can only work on one special project at a time, so act fast!

Our next special featured project for the Fleet Spire is “Seat of Command.” Dyson Joint Command has fought countless battles to maintain control over many Spires in the Solanae Dyson Sphere. Now, they have granted access to the Command Rooms of these massive structures to better allow their allied forces the facilities they require to maintain a watchful eye over the Spire.

Completing this project will grant access to the Spire Command Room. This room can be accessed by opening the north eastern door in the Spire Interior. This special project is available now until around when server maintenance starts on February 20, 2014 (or 7AM PST — whichever is earlier).

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Keep checking back to see what’s next on the special project list! We hope you are enjoying Season 8: The Sphere and we’ll see you in-game!

Charles Gray
Lead Content Designer
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Bonus Dilithium Weekend Event

By author CaptainSmirk @ February 5, 2014 at 12:00pm

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We are currently running a special weekend event where you can earn bonus Dilithium Ore by playing content throughout the game! This event runs until Monday, February 10, 2014 at 10AM PST.

During the event, bonus Dilithium Ore will be provided for the following content:

  • Vlugta Asteroid Field:
    • 100% Bonus Dilithium Ore for Daily Mining Missions
    • 100% Bonus to all Rich Dilithium Claims
  • Fleet Dilithium Mine:
    • 100% Bonus Dilithium Ore for Daily Mining Missions
  • Everywhere else in the game: (including turning in Marks/Neural Processors/Cybernetic Implants, etc.)
    • 50% Bonus Dilithium Ore
       

We hope you enjoy this special event and we’ll see you in-game!

 

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Priority One Interviews D’Angelo

By author CaptainSmirk @ February 4, 2014 at 11:00am

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In this week's episode of Priority One, the crew sits down to talk to Executive Producer Stephen D'Angelo about Season 8.5 and beyond.

 

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And in case you missed their 2 part episode with Lead Designer Al "CaptainGeko" Rivera, check it out here and here.

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