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  1. Excelsior

    Excelsior Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    There are going to be two versions:

    - A Commander-level (Tier 3) one available for energy credits or ship tokens.
    It's the regular Excelsior-class, as seen in ST VI and TNG/DS9 (although, strangely, it's being advertised as the 'ST III' version - clearly the bods at Cryptic aren't aware that the 'Search for Spock' Excelsior and the 'Undiscovered Country' Excelsior aren't exactly the same...).


    - A Vice Admiral-level (Tier 5) one available for retrofit tokens, emblems (?) or through the C-Store.
    This is the Excelsior variant (Enterprise-B/Lakota) shown above, although it'll be possible to choose the regular Excelsior hull components as well, with the option to 'mix and match' (i.e. 'kitbash'...). It's being marketed as the 'Lakota' version - why they can't just call it the 'Excelsior Variant' is beyond me, but then again, the original Constitution class is referred to as the 'TOS USS Enterprise' in the C-Store, which is equally facepalm-worthy. :rolleyes:
     
  2. Noname Given

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    The Commander level Excelsior is the STIII: TSFS variant. the VA1 version refit (coining later) will be the U.S.S. Lakota (from DS9 - 'Paradise Lost'/Star Trek: Generations version.

    As for the original 1701 being advertised as the 'TOS Enterprise' instead of 'Constitution Class' - realize that DURING TOS the 1701 was refered to as a 'Starship Class' vessel. The 'Constitution Class' designation was n't introduced until the Franz Joseph 'Star Trek Technical Manual' circa. 1975 - and wasn't stated on screen UNTIL ST:TMP. So, if anything, Cryptic's description is probably more acurate - considering the ST:TMP Constitution Class Enterprise is also in the game as a 'free' Lt. Cmdr. level ship.
     
  3. Excelsior

    Excelsior Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    My problem is that calling them the 'Enterprise' and the 'Lakota' is wrong - you're buying a ship of the same class, not THE USS Enterprise or THE USS Lakota. And they're not called the 'Enterprise-class' or 'Lakota-class', so it's just an inaccuracy, probably due to someone at Cryptic not having done their homework (wouldn't have been the first time...).

    As for the whole 'Constitution class' vs. 'Starship class' thing, every other game EVER has been happy to go with the almost universally accepted names of 'Constitution class' for the TOS ship, and 'Constitution class refit' for the TMP version. And if we're going to argue the canonicity of names, then why is the 'Miranda' class in-game with no argument? That's never been quoted as a class name in any episode or film, and in many publications, it was referred to as the 'Avenger class' before 'Miranda' became the popular and thus accepted version.

    And if there's a problem with people being confused by the fact that the 'Constitution Refit' is in-game for free as the 'Constitution-class', then the easy solution would have been to call the C-Store ship the 'TOS Constitution' - not the 'TOS USS Enterprise'. Again, you're not buying THE Enterprise that Kirk commanded - you're buying a ship of the same class. Truth in advertising, an' all that... :p

    Ultimately, it seems to come down to the old truism of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Or more precisely, if everyone's agreed on what these blasted things should be called in games, books, merchandise, etc. for well over 30 years, it's more than a bit grating when STO can't be bothered to follow suit. Heck, even the much-maligned 'Star Trek Legacy' got that much right...


    And regarding the Excelsior, while I'm very much aware that the Tier 3 version is being advertised as the 'Search for Spock' version, it's anyone's guess whether the actual in-game model will resemble the actual 'Search for Spock' version, or the later, more famous version seen in 'The Undiscovered Country'. The two are different in several areas, yet considering the lack of source material the art team at STO have to work on (judging by the amount of inaccuracies found on several canon ships), I doubt this has been taken into account.

    Just for the record, I'm putting my money on it actually being the 'TUC' version, just because it's more easily interchangeable with the 'Enterprise-B' variant.
     
  4. Captain_Amasov

    Captain_Amasov Captain Captain

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    This seems decidedly nitpicky over how something is listed in the C-Store compared to its actual name in-game. The TOS Constitution is listed as "Constitution Cruiser" in the chat box when purchased in-game:

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  5. Excelsior

    Excelsior Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    That's new - when I unlocked mine (got it with a pre-order, many moons ago), it came up as 'USS Enterprise' in the chat box as well.

    To be fair, it's not that one thing that bothers me - it's just one of many accumulating misappropriations of Trek canon that IMO stop the game from really doing the license justice. For example:

    - Everyone's going to end up as an Admiral, whether they like it or not. And yet, at the same time, being a Flag Officer is no different to being a Lieutenant Commander, so rank is meaningless.

    - There's talk of a Tier 5 TOS Constitution 'retrofit'. Which means you can fly one at Rear Admiral rank, and deliver a pasting to the 'lowly' Tier 3 Akira-class.

    - To conduct diplomacy, you have to do so as a member of the Federation Diplomatic Corps, with your own seperate 'diplomatic rank'. I can't remember Picard being both a Starfleet Captain and a FDC 'Envoy' in 'Darmok' or 'Star Trek Insurrection', but there you go.

    - Similarly, I'm stumped as to why ALL non-combat gameplay counts as 'diplomacy', and thus grants 'diplomatic XP'. The mission 'Quarantine' involves developing an antidote, yet it's apparently under the auspices of the FDC, not Starfleet Medical.

    - And let's not start on the 'First Contact' missions, which conveniently ignore the fact that many of the races not only know more than you do about Federation life (seriously - how many of them seem to be big fans of 'Parises Squares'?), but have also been encountered before in Star Cluster missions (it's not exactly 'First Contact' with the Scoodians when I've lost count of the number of fights I've had with them beforehand).


    I could go on, but you get the picture, I'm sure. Basically, it feels like TPTB at Cryptic have a passing knowledge of Trek, and couldn't be bothered to go that extra mile (is memory-alpha.org so difficult to find?) to make sure there facts were correct. Sometimes it's just erroneous mission dialogue (like the 'hilarious' instance where a Borg drone says "I'm trying to find artefacts from the 3rd Dynasty of my people" - yeah, because that sounds like the Borg to me...), but sometimes it's the lynchpin of an entire element of gameplay, and it's hard to ignore.

    I'm still baffled by why Cryptic didn't get someone like Doug Drexler on hand for even just some casual advice - even Perpetual comissioned Andrew Probert and John Eaves to do concept art when they had the project. This lack of authoritative input is glaringly obvious in STO, and will be even more so when Gameforge releases their free-to-play Trek games - they've just enlisted the help of Mike and Denise Okuda. STO needs that 'official' touch to really help inject the 'Trek' back into the game - it's a no-brainer, yet I don't see them doing it any time soon.
     
  6. Excelsior

    Excelsior Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Ok - doom and gloom over with for now, as it's time for new screenshots! ;)


    Here's one of the intrepid crew of the Discovery - Lt. Commander Shepherd (sporting his new uniform variant!), Ensigns Sisek and Jezor (Engineer and Flight Controller, respectively), and Lieutenant Darin (ship's Doctor). Not sure what planet it was, but the view sure was pretty! ;)

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  7. ares93

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    NOOOOOO! Deanna is driving!

    USS Leran Manev NCC-101562. Sovereign class, Flagship of Battlegroup Core Defence
     
  8. Destructor

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    :lol:
     
  9. Excelsior

    Excelsior Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    "Sir, there was nothing in the ship's Black Box to suggest the cause of the crash, although the forensics team has found what appear to be traces of... ...chocolate pudding amongst the debris..."

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  10. ares93

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    My enemy's enemy is my friend.
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  11. Excelsior

    Excelsior Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Just thought I'd try using the new Excelsior on Tribble - it's not perfect (yet - I'm working on it!), but it's so good to see more classic Trek stuff in the game.

    Took some shots of my temporary command, the USS Robert April (NCC-92195), in space over Vulcan:

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  12. Destructor

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    Lovely. This is a great thread, and if nothing else, STO has really produced some lovely visuals.
     
  13. SilentP

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    Besides the images of the refit Galaxy a couple of pages ago, I think this is my favourite image of the thread so far. Gorgeous! :drool:
     
  14. Akiraprise

    Akiraprise Vice Admiral Moderator

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    I want that Excelsior.

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  15. Timelord Victorious

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    Two glimpses of the new mysterious enemy showing up during a Borg battle. [​IMG]
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  16. Akiraprise

    Akiraprise Vice Admiral Moderator

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    Hulk Smash! (My guys head.)
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  17. Timelord Victorious

    Timelord Victorious Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Pine & Ferretti (hmm, sounds like a cop buddy movie, now there's an idea for a new Star trek show!)[​IMG]
    Trill at the gates of the Klingon Great Hall
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    The Expendables: Starfleet Edition
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  18. Noname Given

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    The U.S.S. Purgatory encounters a Breen patrol vessel with 'captives' in Deferi space [from a new Daily mission
    in the Deferi (Orellius) Sector Block currently on the Tribble test server.]
     
  19. Akiraprise

    Akiraprise Vice Admiral Moderator

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    A reverse Generations shot.
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    Proof that members of the fleet do actually do missions together. :lol:
    Thingol in the Gallifrey and Akiraprise in the Eagle
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  20. Kaziarl

    Kaziarl Commodore Commodore

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    Looks like there's enough new content to get me back into the game again, so my vacation from STO should be over in the next few days. Hope to see you guys out there.

    Absolutely LOVE these shots by the way.
     
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