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Social Zones

Captain's Blog Stardate 90527.08

Cryptic has been doing a lot of work to the game and coming up with some great stuff such as New Romulus. There is still one thing lacking... ok a lot of things but I'm only going to talk about social zones right now.

We have a lot of social zones in the game such as Vulcan, Andoria, Wolf 359, Drozana Station, and others. Some of these have been used for missions such as Vulcan and Drozana Station, while others like Andoria on Risa can be visited but aren't used. I believe Cryptic could make better use of these maps, aside from linking them to the Foundry.

What if there were weekly events at these locations that rewarded something to players like a small amount of Marks, Dilithium, Energy Credits, or Commendation Experience? It could be something like the Starfleet Academy event, or perhaps various missions throughout the map similar to New Romulus. Since Cryptic and STO players would like more non-combat missions, than these maps would be perfect for it.

Each week could feature a different map and mission. This week could be a diplomatic mission to Vulcan. Next week could be R&R and Risa that leads to a mystery. The following week could have multiple missions on Andoria like New Romulus has. Perhaps each year Cryptic could hold a small memorial at Wolf 359. Let's not forget about the KDF faction of course. They have Rura Penthe which similar missions could be done on.

There are tons of ideas that can be done with any of these maps and don't need to have combat or a complex mission. They really just need something to draw people to these spots more often.

Do you have any ideas for these social zones? Perhaps you like my ideas? Let me know in the comments below!

-A special thanks to James for the idea of this week's blog topic.-

Written by Attilio on December 02, 2012 at 10:12 pm


pmarquardt (Member) said...
December 03, 2012 at 05:52 am

You are right, those social zones are completely ignored nowadays. It's kinda sad as Andoria, Risa and Vulcan are pretty nice.
Ideas for the social Zones. Let's see. How about these Mission ideas?

Wolf 359: Patrol Wolf 359 and prevent illegal salvaging from the Ship Graveyard.
Risa: Supplement local Law Enforcement and maintain Order during "Spring break".
Vulcan: Seek the wisdom of logic and master Kohlinar.
Andoria: Test your endurance in the Cold and chase Fire worms.

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Warburton1881 (Member) said...
December 03, 2012 at 10:09 am

Every time I see a mention of "Social Zones" in STO, I think of the Captain's Table -- a well designed, but totally useless, facility which nobody visits because there's no reason to. I like the idea of actually using the Social Zones for something fun. I also like the idea of some token reward (as long as it's not another Tribble).

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Attilio (Owner) said...
December 03, 2012 at 10:28 am

The problem with the Captain's Table is that Cryptic cannot do anything too special with it because it won't be fair for those who don't have access.

Although I would like more of a reason to go there, and perhaps an easier way of reaching it. If I'm going to travel to ESD just to go there then I might as well beam down to ESD.

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Udimir (Guest) said...
December 03, 2012 at 11:42 am

Here's some ideas and it looks like at one point Cryptic was going to do some of these, but for whatever reason backed off, or just put it on the back burner.

Andoria: Way its set up it would make a great Fed vs. Fed Warzone in which people can beam down and when they do they join either the red team or blue team (its completely random), and battles against those on the other side. Ground doesn't really have any warzones, so this could be a good place to put one.

Rura Penthe: Can be the KDF vs. KDF version of this, and or a Fed vs. KDF were Fed players have to rescue some prisoners, and the KDF have to stop them or at the least make it extremely difficult.

Vulcan: Could use more missions, perhaps Vulcan historical missions, or lore missions relating to the Vulcan people, or the Planet Vulcan itself. There could also be some other types of missions thrown in there, like find (X) number of a certain item, or something of sorts.

Risa: Perhaps some fun missions as it is a resort planet, or just more interacts and immersion. I could see that with a little more interaction, and a little more love this place could be a great Roleplaying spot.

Wolf 359: I second the idea of a salvage stopping mission, or perhaps missions relating to the Borg, or better yet, you can take a mission where Q transports you to the battle of Wolf 359 in your ship as opposed to the ground map in the State of Q mission. It would be random each day, but vary between 3-5 different missions relating to this zone.

Drozana Station already has a FE series attached to it, and is a Roleplaying hot spot from what I can tell, could they expand on it, or add more interactions and random missions for rewards like a daily to fix the replicators or another fault on the station, or a mission to kill X number of Devidians in a maintenance shaft? Sure I wouldn't say no, and it would provide a little more reason to use this station.

Also lets not forget about Defara in Orellius Sector Block. It has an invasion zone, but the main planet itself (city) has nothing to do other then the couple missions attached to it via the Breen FE Series. They could add missions involving finding Preserver artifacts, or perhaps passage ways to hidden caves in some of the ruins and finding items and perhaps some Tholians trying to steal Preserver Artifacts. That would be something interesting.

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Udimir (Guest) said...
December 03, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Another idea for Starbase 39 Sierra, Deep Space K-7, or the KDF Equivalent, or even Battle Group Omega is the introduction of 'Red Alerts" to these regions where at random times a Red Alert will appear and players can click on it and be notified that the Station/Fleet is about to be attacked and they need all ships to prepare for combat and defend the station/fleet. Like all Red Alerts players won't be forced to do them and can ignore them, but completing them would reward small amounts of Dilithium, or a random level appropriate item box which will open up an item of Blue Quality or greater of the rank of the player that opened the box. These boxes could be tradable or Account Bound.

Starbase 39 Sierra: Defend the base from a Tal Sheir Attack.

Deep Space K7: Defend the base from a Klingon or one of their allies Attack.

KDF Neutral Zone Station: Defend against a Federation Attack.

Battle Fleet Omega: Defend against a Borg or Undine attack (random).

This could be a craptastic idea, but I think it could add more favor to the Red Alerts by making some more localized and make it seem like a true war is going on between the factions. Opinions?

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cofctrekkie (Member) said...
December 03, 2012 at 01:38 pm

I really like all the ideas above, especially Udimir's suggestion about the red alerts with the starbase, as this would be a fun way to increase the interaction with these areas, since I for one only go to them when I need to sell stuff or I'm using them as a waypoint to my destination.

This may be too extreme, but I'd like to see them add more familar locales from the series and movies...the Bak'u planet for instance.

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CheRoj (Member) said...
December 04, 2012 at 05:34 pm

In the same vein, I believe DS9 falls under the same category as a social zone when you think about it, so one thing I would like to see would be DS9 renovated to follow the precise diagramming and model of the in-series one.

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Koldwell (Guest) said...
December 04, 2012 at 08:02 pm

@CheRoj, Cryptic has this problem everywhere. Their engine just doesn't work well with a realistic sizing of areas. They have this issues on all the interiors across both STO and Champions.

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tc10b (Member) said...
December 12, 2012 at 10:44 am

I do think that more missions and actions would be a great way to use these social zones. If they couldn't do full scale ground missions then perhaps specialised Doff missions (in the same vein as the Q's Winter Wonderland ones)

Bring back the DS9 fleet action! It is missed by many.

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