Yesterday I splurged my game time mostly on Star Trek Online. I couldn’t help it — I was in the middle of a series of really fun missions (the Guardian of Forever one for starters) and on the verge of leveling up. I hit commander (level 20) quickly, and not only got a new starship (the Stony Point) but the “Yesterday’s Enterprise” tie-in mission that I remember quite well from back in the day.
Despite Denise Crosby’s vocal recording of Tasha Yar sounding old and stilted, it’s still a great mission. It’s a great call-back to the famous episode while still being its own story. Probably my favorite moment was crawling around in the maintenance ducts and talking to an “elder tribble” while high on gas. Plus, you end up getting to pilot the Enterprise-C for a final climactic battle, which is all kinds of awesome.
Even though I just got a new starship, this mission rewards you with an Ambassador class starship, which I instantly switched to for my main as a commander. I’ve been plotting out what ships I’m going to be needing for upcoming ranks and I think I have it figured out:
- Commander: My current Ambassador starship, the Black River
- Captain: Free requisition, might try out a tactical escort for the fun of it. Never done escorts before.
- Rear admiral, lower half: I have a Mirror Universe ship sitting in my account bank, so I guess I’ll be using that. My old character also had the Ambassador retrofit, but that was bound to character, not account, so I’m out of luck there.
- Delta Rising: If I’m still playing once I get to 50, I’ll probably just buy a tier 6 ship.
I was all excited to take my new ship out on a test drive, so naturally the game grounded me for a long series of planetary missions on Nimbus 3 (also known as that craphole planet from Star Trek V and why oh why is this game trying to remind us that Star Trek V was a thing?). The Nimbus missions are new to me, and while I’m not usually one for desert romps, they were sufficiently interesting. An ex-Borg bar owner? Huh. There even was a dance competition in there.
The big climax of these missions involved storming a fortress, letting prisoners go free, and then being put into the middle of an arena because science fiction can’t go two days without placing heroes in a gladiator arena for some reason. I wasn’t hating the ground combat, but I really was missing my ship after a while. Finally, we did go space-born for a bit and I enjoyed the vastly increased killing power that the Ambassador sports.