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Captain's Blog Stardate 93706.17

Something that STO has seriously lacked for a while is a timeline. We know in which order events happen, but we don't know when they occur. It doesn't really matter, but there are some cases where it would be nice to know. For example, if you were creating a mission in the Foundry and wanted to include stardates that were relevant. So I decided to do something about it.

I'd like to introduce the Unofficial Star Trek Online Episode Timeline. This table contains every episode and fictional blog in STO including Earth dates and Stardates. How did I come up with such an amazing timeline? Well let me briefly explain.

As Cryptic was releasing the Tales of the War I noticed they were using Stardates. I did some investigating and realized these matched up with the year 2410 using The Next Generation Stardate calculator. It was clear that Cryptic was trying to be consistent with the Stardates which made my job a lot easier. This also meant that the Stardates found in game when creating a log are inaccurate.

Let's move on. Once I was able to place these blogs in order, including the episodes that related to them, the rest started to fall into place. One of the first things I did was look at canon references to see when graduation occurred at Starfleet Academy. I determined that April 24, 2409 was a good starting point. I also decided that all three tutorials would occur on the same day.

From there I began to list out the episodes in order, and considered the fact that some episodes are shared by the same faction so therefore would have to occur on the same day. That meant individual faction episodes would have to happen in between. I'll admit, a lot of this was simply a matter of spreading out the episodes. Any of them that clearly belonged together, stayed together (i.e. Destiny, Afterlife, and The Gates of Gre'thor).

Filling out 2410 was easier because of the blogs. Now it's simply a matter of continuing to include blogs and episodes in this timeline and hope that it matches up with Cryptic's plans. Perhaps they should take a look at this to get an idea of where they are headed. According to my timeline, we're already in July 2410!

So there you have it! I hope you enjoy my unofficial timeline. I welcome all feedback, good or bad... actually just the good feedback :D

Written by Attilio on February 07, 2016 at 08:56 pm


Art G (Guest) said...
February 08, 2016 at 10:15 am

Attilio, long time since I last contacted you. I read this timeline good stuff. However, it reminded me of another timeline you did at my suggestion:

This has not been updated for 3 years. Any chance you could bring it up to date?

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Attilio (Owner) replied...
February 08, 2016 at 02:40 pm

Honestly, to update that with the information from the past 3 years is time that would be better spent elsewhere. I do believe that the best place to find the list of changes that have been made to the game is on the official forums

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36ophiuchi (Guest) said...
February 09, 2016 at 09:10 am

Two errors: "Stardate" and "Earth data" are swapped; the Romulan Republic tutorial is clearly stated to take place two weeks before the Borg invasion of Vega colony.

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Attilio (Owner) replied...
February 09, 2016 at 09:12 pm

Good catch, thanks!

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36ophiuchi (Guest) said...
February 09, 2016 at 09:25 am

PS: Third error: The stardate for "Season 5 Dev Blog #6: Captured Jem’Hadar Attack Ships" is given as 86927.78. Your list shows a different date.

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Attilio (Owner) replied...
February 09, 2016 at 09:12 pm

That one is explainable. It would put the blog at the end of 2409, which doesn't make much sense since it wouldn't fit into the order of the episodes. A small compromise considering that when those episodes were released Cryptic had no real plan. In my opinion, the episodes take priority over the blogs.

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RogueIce (Member) said...
February 14, 2016 at 11:40 am

While April is good reasoning for the Starfleet Academy graduation, I would note the Romulan opening cinematic explicitly labels the time as "January, 2409: Two weeks before the Borg attack on Vega Colony" - the two weeks is reflected on the timeline but not the month.

I don't know if that's something you deliberately fudged or just missed it, but thought I'd point it. Since the Federation has been at war for the past four years (if I remember Path to 2409 properly) perhaps they've sped up the Academy a bit, or do things like Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer graduations?

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