Last night I hit max level (50, or Vice Admiral) in Star Trek Online for the first time. Man, I’m on a roll this past month or something! Actually, that’s not so much of a personal accomplishment as it is a testament to how the duty officer system can just rocket you up through the levels. I’d say I probably earned about 20 of the 50 levels through normal questing. Maybe 25.
That’s okay; levels kind of feel less substantial. More like a gatekeeper for ships. But I don’t feel the endgame wall or anything, as I have scads of featured episodes left to do.
I decided that once I hit 50, I was going to take stock of my game and do a lot housekeeping that I’ve been putting off. I was pretty much throwing bridge officers into slots, neglecting their training, and not trying to squeeze the most out of the resources I had. No longer.
The first step was to upgrade to a Vice Admiral-level ship. Typically with STO’s free-to-play, you don’t get one for free like the previous levels, but have to either buy one from the cash shop, from the player exchange, or earn one somehow. Fortunately, I’ve been sitting on the free anniversary Odyssey cruiser from last January, so that problem was solved. It’s a bit of a boat, as my fleet calls it, but it’s a heavily armed boat.
Actually, what I *really* want is a carrier ship. Those aren’t the easiest to come by, but I’m doing my homework and trying to save up enough store currency to buy one. Carrier ships always appeal to me in sci-fi settings for some reason. But that goal is going to be a ways out, I’m afraid, unless I break down and plop cash into the game.
So the next step was to equip my new ship, which I did with the purchase of five Mark X turrets. I prefer turrets on cruisers, not just for their cool pew-pew-pew look, but also for their 360-degree firing arc. That way I can throw them into the aft weapon slots and always have them be firing while I load up my front weapon slots with torpedoes and cannons.
Bridge officers were next on the to-do list. Man, I had been neglecting them. I even had two purple candidates that I hadn’t activated. I deleted the non-rare ones from my staff, promoted a couple, and made sure that I had everyone at the right station.
Finally, I had to redo all of my hotbar skills, which took a while because there’s just so dang many of them at level 50 and only three visible bars to use. I grouped them by maneuvering skills, weapon skills, shield heal skills, hull heal skills, and random buffs/attacks.
It’s definitely a good feeling to do that spring cleaning, although I know that I have some more research to do and a lot of tweaking in the future. My gear is also pretty subpar, although considering how many missions I have in front of me, I’m not worried. My only regret is that STO is running a promotion that if you complete the Breen featured episode series, you get a cool Breen bridge officer — and I’m two series behind that right now. Don’t think I’ll be able to get through that before the promotion goes away. Oh well.