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Fix Those Fleets

Captain's Blog Stardate 89857.82

Star Trek Online has grown into an amazing mmo. Cryptic seems to be heading down the right track, but there are still some things that are lacking. As the leader of the STO Academy fleet I can say that Cryptic really needs to focus some attention on the entire fleet system.

The first major problem is the fleet roster. Any of you who are in a fleet know that you can view the list of members, the problem is that they are listed by character instead of handle (account). First of all this gives an incorrect total of how many people are in the fleet. I, for example, have 3 characters in my fleet but I am only one person. This should be the first thing that Cryptic should address. I recommend a way to list all the handles, and when clicked it will list the names of that player's characters which are in the fleet. By setting it up like this you can ensure that all of that player's characters are the same fleet rank, you get the correct total of members, and it makes it so much easier to know who is who.

The next annoyance is fleet ranks. We are limited to the amount that we can have. The limit should be removed allowing fleets to create any ranks they want. Also, sub-ranks could be added. This could be useful for fleet officers, fleet squads, etc. Here is a short example.

  • Officers
    • Crafter
    • Ambassador
  • A Squad With Some Purpose
    • Squad Ensign
    • Squad Commander
    • Squad Leader

By doing this you add more flexibility to fleet ranks.

Finally, we need fleet starbases. It would be nice if these could be customized (maybe dragging and dropping rooms into position next to hallways). It'll be a nice social gathering place for fleets to hold various events.

I truly hope that this year Cryptic gives fleets some love.

Written by Attilio on April 02, 2012 at 08:32 am


ChrisHerr (Member) said...
April 02, 2012 at 10:39 am

You should submit this to Cryptic too!

Good points. You might also want to add that it would be nice to have a single fleet have the option to have KDF and Fed members (instead of two different fleets.)
Espeically if we have a fleet startbase, if would be cool to have both sides be able to visit.

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Avery.M (Guest) said...
April 02, 2012 at 03:32 pm

Outstanding ideas! I'm new to the Fleet but I have a main and an alt that I play. It would be nice if you could click on my name and see my list of PC's (Yes I'm old school)and my specialties.As for a Fleet Starbase, yes, yes and yes.

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EddieCoysie (Member) said...
April 02, 2012 at 07:51 pm

Fleet Starbase FTW!!!

It could be something like the Captain's Table-located in another dimension.
I think that would make it way more easy to implement since it'll be accessible(and visible) only to fleet members.There should probably be a button like the one for visiting your ship's bridge.

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Warburton1881 (Member) said...
April 05, 2012 at 10:23 am

I like the idea of a button on the dropdown menu to take you directly to the fleet starbase. Another possibility would be to add it as a destination in your transwarp menu.

If Cryptic doesn't make it possible to do either of these things, a fallback plan would be to set up a Foundry mission for fleet members that takes you to a fleet starbase. I don't know how easy it would be to allow members to interact at such a starbase, but there may be a way to do it.

By the way, the mention of the Captain's Table raises a pet peeve of mine. What's the point of having the only vendor there sell nothing but Mk I and Mk II items when the vast majority of people who can enter the base are already admirals? And why limit the things you can do in the shipyard? It's almost like the designers went out of their way to make it pointless to go there. (I can't be the only one who feels that way, because I've never seen more than one other person there when I visit, and usually not that many.)


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EddieCoysie (Member) said...
April 05, 2012 at 06:06 pm

I think you're on the right track there!

A fleet event that lets any single fleet discover/reclaim/build a space station for the Federation or conquer/build one for the Empire.
It could be located in a distant part of Federation or Klingon space,accessible via normal travel in sector space and as a transwarp destination.

I don't think it's that hard to implement,a single star system for all players will do fine.Each fleet will access its own instance where their base will be.

There are many possibilities but now the ball is in Criptic's court.Let's hope they'll play it well!

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Attilio (Owner) said...
April 06, 2012 at 08:24 am

The good news, in the latest ask Cryptic, Dan Stahl said that fleet stations will be coming in Season 6 (which I am guessing will be in June).

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