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Borg Faction Thoughts

Captain's Blog Stardate 90316.38

Last week I spoke about the latest Ask Cryptic and how Daniel Stahl said he would like to add both Romulan and Borg playable factions to the game. I asked all of you to give me your thoughts on a Borg faction and there were some good ideas. This week, I'm going to tell you how I think a Borg faction can work and my logic behind it.

Let's start with the Liberated Borg faction idea. Simply put, this would be an entire faction of Liberated Borg who pretty much fight the Borg. This is probably the best idea and would work perfectly, but we have one problem. Liberated Borg characters are a perk for lifetime subscribers, and this type of faction would open up Liberated Borg to everyone, which might not be fair to lifetime subscribers.

How about a true Borg faction where players play as Drones? The biggest argument against this is the fact that Drones are part of the Collective and don't think for themselves. They perform tasks based on the Hive Mind, instead of individual thoughts. This is where it gets a bit tricky, so bear with me.

In the Star Trek shows and movies we don't see the Hive Mind telling the Drone what to do, but it does happen. Think about it like this, the Hive Mind is like the Human brain and the Drones are like the body. The brain tells the body what to do, even though we don't hear or see it, we know it happens. This isn't very different from Admiral Quinn or Chancellor J'mpok telling us to go on a mission. They act as the brain and we act as the body.

The biggest difference between the Borg and our current factions is that the Borg have no choices. As a Starfleet or KDF Captain we have options, where as the Borg drones don't. They do what they are told and that's it. This would make a Borg faction very linear and possibly boring.

In the end, I'm not really sure what I would prefer. A true Borg faction would be interesting but it might be better to leave them as major villian in the game. A liberated Borg faction could be loads of fun, but it doesn't make the lifetime reward unique. Either way, I think either could work.

Any thoughts?

Written by Attilio on September 16, 2012 at 10:56 pm


CheRoj (Member) said...
September 17, 2012 at 12:03 am

I think that a Borg Faction is a desire we will just have to leave unfulfilled. The very heart of what makes them so evil is their destruction of all free will. People fear being assimilated because they lose their identities and what makes them unique. Having sentient players being drones is sadly just too antithetical to the very concept of the Collective.

Now, if people want a chance to play as a drone with it's capabilities without being a lifetime subscriber, perhaps Cryptic could make a mission or a Featured Series where the player is goes on a special mission against the Collective and gets assimilated in the process. Something of the kind was done in Voyager, and STO has also done a mission where the player disguises as a Klingn. How about that instead?

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Archanubis (Guest) said...
September 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I have always been against a Borg faction in this game. The very nature of the Borg and their singular goal makes them a better NPC enemy than a playable faction. Though I do like the idea CheRoj puts forth.

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majesticmsfc84 (Member) said...
September 23, 2012 at 07:26 am

I am against a Borg faction due to reasons mentioned on the STO forums in the thread. I'd think after a Romulan faction, provided we ever see one (KDF needs to be complete before we do) a True Way faction would make a better 4th faction.

The Borg are just too difficult to do, and wouldn't feel right plus a lot of players seem to be against it for obvious reasons.

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Ro (Guest) said...
October 02, 2012 at 04:30 pm

I'm not totally against a Borg faction; however, it needs to be fair and balanced. This is where the difficulty arrives. In addition all the life time subscribers need some sort of compensation.

My personal favorite idea is that STO should add a playable Cardassian faction before any Borg faction. We already have the Galor class cruiser in the game. In this faction players are given an option to either support/defend the new Cardassian Civil government or join the True Way alliance. All the devs have to do is just write the story and add more ships!

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danny (Guest) said...
May 31, 2013 at 12:01 am

Well i think your looking a little too deeply into the subject and would i would like to be able to operate a fusion cube and play as a borg character , its only a game after all ^

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Attilio (Owner) replied...
June 01, 2013 at 12:43 pm

It's my job to look deep into a subject ;)

This has also been an ongoing debate among the community for a long time (as you can tell this blog was written in 2012 and the idea of a Borg faction wasn't new at the time).

You're right it is a game, but it's a MMO with a very good story. If you take a major villain and make them playable, that does take something away from the villain. That's why the Romulan faction we just got is not the Tal Shiar.

A Borg faction is a very delicate topic among the community. No matter what they decide to do, someone is going to be upset. In all honesty though, it's not something to worry about yet. If a fourth faction is added, it would most likely be Cardassian anyway.

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HamsterPhanatic247 (Guest) said...
February 14, 2014 at 06:34 pm

I may have an idea though which on could enter a Borg Faction, What will happen is that when your character is assimilated by the Borg they'll be beamed up to the orbiting vessel where they'll be fitted with implants, Body Armor, ETC. And your Drone can be liberated by a friend in your original faction where most of your implants are removed and you get command of your old ship back, Also the implants can be customized both while Assimilated and after being Librated

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Chris (Guest) said...
September 23, 2014 at 10:40 am

Why not play a borg queen as the captain? They are connected to the hive but have the ability to make choices. In the voyager series it suggests their maybe a few queens and the main one from next generation was always looking for a companion (an equal) with a measure of free will intact. Why can't the player take on that roll in the borg collective? They get to make choices and still be considered part of the collective. I'm against a liberated faction because the whole reason I want to play borg is to go around assimilating and conquering. Liberated borg wouldn't do that.

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Aaron (Guest) said...
December 02, 2017 at 11:43 am

if you do a liberated borg faction than just change the lifetime subscribers unlockable race to something else like the undine.

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