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Ten Forward Weekly Stream Notes 30/05/2019

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    #1
    Original post can be found here, on a side note Cryptic is not going to make new friends.

    Featured Task Force Operation starting next week - "it will be very familiar", "something you've spent time with before" - it will be part of the Tier 6 coupon event, being the second out of three Featured Task Force Operations part of that - blog next week!

    All old single-queue events (Crystalline Catastrophe, Mirror Invasion, Breach, etc) are being retired and rolled into the Featured Task Force Operation event.

    The old main projects (i.e the 50,000 dilithium + event piece) for those retired events will be automatically completed. If the event reward is an account wide unlock, it'll still unlock for the entire account.

    The old bonus projects (i.e exchange one event input for some dilithium and marks) will be removed without any compensation.

    The old inputs themselves (Crystalline Shards, Voth Operative Transmissions, etc) are also being removed since they're now useless - no conversion, just reclamation of inventory space.

    These queues may still be part of events but they'll simply be Featured Task Force Operation events instead of their own individual event.

    They acknowledged Mirror Invasion in particular has a lot of problems that need addressing before it can return as an event.

    Weekend Events (Kobayashi Maru, Arena of Sompek) are being retired as weekend events - instead, they'll be more like Red Alert Weekends.

    The contents of the Weekend Event Store will be moved into the Phoenix Box, but the store itself will remain and items will remain claimable if you own them.

    I either didn't hear or forgot if they mentioned what happened to the Weekend Event Vouchers, sorry!

    Winter/Summer/Anniversary Events are remaining unchanged.

    They want events to be more streamlined, more understandable for players who "don't play religiously" - this is only part of the changes planned for that.

    Instances sizes for a lot of social maps are being increased soon to 35 (up from 20). That includes all social zones except Earth Space Dock, Qo'noS, DS9 and their respective space maps.

    Cure Applied was removed from the Random Task Force Operations system because it's "not fun", they're looking into it since right now players don't find that queue fun and it also had a few bugs.

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    #2
    Oh wow. Removing content without replacements? Even if people have complained about it, a lot more wont be happy about that.
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    #3
    What the QUACK!

    I'm happy about those auto completes by the way.. I do have so many uncompleted across several toons.

    But, all in all, bad strategy to remove and not add.
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    #4
    Well.. that makes all the effort I put into grinding out weekend vouchers pointless.. >:c

    Also Crystalline catastrophe was my main source of nukara marks..
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    Well, it's not that bad... I'll miss Crystalline Catastrophy, but guess we're gonna pug NTTE more often now and azura rescue.
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    While I'm not sorry to see the back of Mirror Invasion, it does sting a bit that stuff is getting the chop, STO needs more content added to it, not removed.
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    Still think they need to add a whole Mirror Universe Sector we can travel to freely for regular missions and episodic content. Wouldn't be too hard to tie it in, considering the entire first season of Discovery was dedicated to it, after all. They should have made *that* the Rise of Discovery expansion, IMO.
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    I strongly dislike the removal of content and/or features. If they had ready replacements (updated and fixed versions), then I'm all for it -- but just taking out entire systems (Foundry still hurts) and popular queues really bothers me. Outright removing things with "no compensation" after people have spent a lot of time earning those resources was, somehow, the winning solution?

    If you read these notes with a cynical eye, you end up with a long list of things being removed, other things (winter/summer events) being untouched entirely, and not much in the way of additions and fixes. Unless removing things entirely is fixing them, I guess that's debatable. Weekend Events gone stings. That felt like a reasonably fun/rewarding return for our time, I'm not really excited about 14+ day event grinds. It gets a little stale.
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    Random advanced queues is the best mark income for me. Always a chance at a purple box with 250 marks but at least get 50 in addition to whatever marks drops from the TFO itself. Usually its uncommon or rare boxes with higher mark income than 50.
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    Sucks to lose CC, was a quick way to make some nice Nukara marks and often some nice and quick blue or purple loot to salvage

    Nice to hear about the projects though, I've got at least one or two account wides I never quite finished
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    All this content removal is kinda worrying to me, The constant sales and nickel and diming with the endless stream of new lockboxes is kinda burning me out
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    All this content removal is kinda worrying to me, The constant sales and nickel and diming with the endless stream of new lockboxes is kinda burning me out
    They seem to be doubling down on the FOMO business model to make people impulse purchase stuff to not miss out. Personally that dont bother me as i feel no need to own everything released at any cost. But sometimes when something i really want is released behind a huge paywall, like promo, im annoyed for sure. But im not spending more than planned of my hobby money for this Tongue Out