Re: Star Trek Online Discussion Thread (now free to play!)
I'm familiar with the Foundry editor and its similar enough to Cryptic's internal mission editor that I kinda suspected that there's no real way for Cryptic to actually track who's in the race or who came in first. This is why they had to add 1st, 2nd, 3rd place flags that players have to pick up in order to reward winter eppoh tags.
My guess is Cryptic cannot determine if the player picking up these position markers are actually in the race unless they got a programmer to add special "tech" to do the check. Obviously they chose to cut cost and not add that special tech, so any player can pick up these race flags even if they did not run in the race.
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