It’s been sort of an insane few weeks over in MMO-land for me.
One the one hand: Star Trek Online has been unleashing its Crystalline Catastrophe event once more. Basically it’s a queue against the Crystalline Entity from Star Trek: The Next Generation; that’s not new. But during the event, if you run it for fourteen days (out of whatever amount of days the event is going on), you can receive a bucket load of marks, dilithium, and a special item to commemorate the trip (a special kit module this time around). Given the recent push my Fed fleet went through to get the starbase to tier 3, there was an awful big missing amount of dilithium and fleet marks. So I decided to run all of my fleeted characters through the event-10 days and counting. In previous events, I’d only gone as far as four characters, because this is a painfully mind-numbing experience to do on a bunch of alts. But the rewards are worth it; there’s a fair shot that I can possibly push the fleet Dilithium mine to tier-1 at the end of all this. Maybe.
I am running a single Klingon through the event too. Mainly because he’s in a KDF fleet, and that’ll give him a bit of extra to donate to the fleet or upgrade his ship equipment; that character’s never been as top-line as my primary Starfleet guy, and he deserves upgrades. He’ll still be behind, granted, because his fleet does not have starbase fleet equipment at this time, but I’m hoping it’ll be better than what it’s got now.
So, that’s one half of the insanity. The other half is in Star Wars: The Old Republic, where I’m pushing hard to get characters to complete class stories in the alternate advanced classes; which is to say, the eight I haven’t done yet. Thus far, I’ve got an Imperial Sniper, Powertech Bounty Hunter, Scoundrel Smuggler, Sith Juggernaut, Commando Trooper, and am working on a Sith Sorcerer, which is on Belsavis right now; it’s not outside possibility that I could finish up the week with that character done. That would leave for me to work on a Jedi Shadow, and a Jedi Guardian to complete all sixteen advanced classes. I could, conceivably, push those eight through Makeb’s stuff as well to get them to my current ceiling of level 55, and I might yet do so if I wrap all of these characters up before mid October. It’s around that period where I should have access to the Shadow of Revan stuff thanks to the expansion release, where it’ll be back to my main characters again.
The 12X multiplier to class xp has helped a lot here, allowing me to blow through planets by just doing class quests. Nothing against the planetary quests-but I’d already done ’em four times on each faction, and if the devs were giving me a way to get the characters through the game faster, I’d take it. I’m still getting a decent handle on how to play characters even with the reduced workload, and have a fair idea of how they operate. I admit I’m mostly doing it now so I can say I did do it, but odds are high that once I’ve gotten through them all, I’ll restrict myself to my original eight, and they’ll probably be done in the order in which I did them all to get to this point.
Still, time consuming stuff. Champions Online is right out (although I’m intrigued by recent announcements involving villain “Become” devices to allow you to rampage through Millennium City for a bit) until I get through some of this crazy period. I want to say that after I finish my 14 STO rotations for the Crystalline Entity that I can take a break and beat up bad guys in CO, but…there’s a new Season coming out soon, plus at least one more Feature Episode to conclude the Iconian War….
Who said choosing MMOs to play would be easy?