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The Unwritten Rules of STFs

Captain's Blog Stardate 89665.34

So I have been playing the STF missions a lot lately. For those that don't know, they require a team of 5 players who must work together and complete the objectives. They all have optional objectives which give added rewards at the end of the mission if you complete it. Also, they all have some kind of trick/strategy to them in order to complete it successfully and have a better chance of completing the optional objective. There are three types of players for these missions: veterans, followers, and noobs. I don't like using the term "noob", but it is the best word I can think of at the moment so bear with me. The veterans are the ones who know the strategy for the mission they are playing and do it. The followers are the ones that just do whatever everyone else is doing. The noob is the person who is completely lost and just does what the objective says. Sometimes a noob and a follower can be the same thing. As I said, I have been playing these missions a lot lately and I have seen all three types. There is nothing wrong with any of them. If you are new to these missions then great! We've all been there and I hope you enjoy it. If you have played them a lot then I hope you are almost done grinding for that gear because I know it can be annoying. My problem, and the thing I hate the most, are players who screw up the mission for everyone else. I'm not only talking about noobs or followers, I'm even talking about all of you veterans out there. If you are a noob or a follower don't be afraid to ask the other players on your team what the strategy is. A veteran player would much rather tell you what to do then risk the mission being screwed up and missing the chance for the optional objective. So please ASK before you do anything. Also, keep an eye on the team chat. You can setup a tab in your chat box just for team chat. Many times other players will tell everyone what the strategy is and it is essential you read it. They may even give you instructions or ask for help during the mission. Followers, just because you have completed a STF before doesn't mean you know what you are doing. Please don't ever be the person who thinks he knows what to do because it is possible that you screwed up last time and the other 4 players cleaned up your mistake. So I beg you, keep an eye on the team chat and keep an open mind. Veterans! Stop being uptight and arrogant. Don't assume that everyone on your team knows the strategy to a mission. If you know what to do then good for you! Please share that knowledge with everyone else. Whenever I play an STF that I know what to do, I make sure to announce it in team chat. It is such a great feeling when everyone agrees with you and acknowledges the strategy. To all of you STF players out there in the STO universe. Keep one important thing in mind. These are missions based around teamwork and it is essential that you work together. There is strength in unity. Have anything you would like to add about the STFs or working with a team in general? Leave your comments below!

Written by Attilio on January 22, 2012 at 11:04 pm


[email protected] (Guest) said...
January 23, 2012 at 01:46 pm

Great tips for the STF's. The only other thing I would add is, when it comes to the loot. In my fleet, we as a team use "greed" not "need" to claim items. Being new, you want better stuff I get it. Join a fleet and you can get it that way. Use "need" just upsets the team your on, and bad feelings. We all work hard to run the STF's by the book, just show some love about loot.

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Attilio (Owner) said...
January 24, 2012 at 02:10 pm

That's a good point. To be honest, I have no problem with someone clicking "need" if they truly do need it; however if they only want to sell it then it is unfair to everyone else.

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Instagates @gatsie (Guest) said...
February 01, 2012 at 12:48 am

As a vetran here is what needs to be done for infected ground elite!First do not run into the room ahead of everyone else trying to be a hero it will fail! working together is the only way to do it. So with that said atleast 3 should have a split beam weapon equipped and in most cases it is called a mini gun for whatever reason but the secondary is atuo targetting., pull the groups out of the rooms or kill them from the hallwaysa good rule to use is in hallways just get around the last corner before the main room and shoot from there when all is clear the team then can run into the room and save the personel together. when going from 1 room that is attached to another without a hallway do not go beyond the halfway point of the room your in., jump up to the left near the windows and pull from there.when getting to the last 2 groups you need 2 to run right and the rest to run left and save the personel. on the last room however you can not go down ramp into the room untill the mob outside of it is cleared . There is also no way to pull the groups in that room so 3 go left and 2 go right. Good luck and if you need help look me up in game i am on everyday Grinding like the rest of you

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