This briefing is designed to help you strategize your Starfleet journey, so that you will reach maximum play levels with the least amount of effort. The ideas within are organized in the best manner possible to help you avoid wasteful and costly processes, make mistakes on ground missions, or create less-than-efficient ship builds while focusing on proven ideas that work best in game.
There are three types of Captains: Tactical, Science and Engineering; all capable of using various Skills, Traits and Specializations. Choosing these right from the start will increase your game play potential and joy of the game. There are other very important things that will increase your game potential and help you with the afore mentioned items, presented here in order:
- Complete your storyline.
- On a daily basis plan to do Duty Officer Assignments (Doffing), R&D (Crafting), Reputation, and Admiralty Missions. These will help you gain access to available Traits, Skills, Dilithium, Energy Credits (EC), Expertise and rewards such as more duty officers to run duty officer assignments, all of which are very important in order to acquire ships, weapons and a lot of other gear handy for game play.
We can’t stress this next item enough. Join Teamspeak. It is a valuable resource for learning and your game progress will be triple that which you would otherwise accomplish by only using in game chat.
Here is why:
- Teamspeak allows experienced players the ability to coordinate and help you with strategy while flying STF missions themselves. They can also help you with questions you may have on your build, doffing or admiralty missions, not to mention crafting and overall game strategy.
- For teamed missions there is no better way to coordinate combat.
- You will build comradery and friendships much easier and have access to what other players have already figured out. If you don’t want to talk, then you can just listen in and learn from these experienced players. You can find TeamSpeak download information on the “FAQ” page.
Skills, Traits and Specializations will allow you to enhance your ground mission abilities or those of your ship. These are earned with expertise or completing reputation trees and spending points that you earn from completing various missions in the storyline, STF’s Admiralty and Duty Officer (doffing). A quick rundown with an officer in Teamspeak will get you out there in no time.
Things to consider asking on Teamspeak before doing them on your own: https://www.teamspeak.com/downloads
- Which faction should I choose, Federation, Klingon or Romulan? http://sto.gamepedia.com/Guide:_Basics
- Should I be a Tactical, Science or Engineering Officer?
- How should I use my Skill points to maximize my toon?
- Why be careful not to set wrong Skills?
- What are the secondary Skills?
- What are the various Traits?
- How can I earn more Traits?
- Which Trait are better at my level of game play?
- What are the various Specializations?
- How can I earn more Specializations?
- Which Specializations are better at my level of game play?
- What should I concentrate on so I don’t waste valuable resources?
You will likely have a multitude of questions about STO game play, some of which you can Google, some you can ask about, some you will figure out on your own, but whatever you do, have fun with it.
After selecting you Character and toon Faction follow the tutorial, then:
1) Do your Storyline, it will level you up and provide rewards and access to better ships and gear. http://sto.gamepedia.com/Episode
2) At level 11 begin your doffing, there are places to go to pick up more doffs for free giving you more officer to do doffing with, not to mention all kinds of stuff you will need in game. http://sto.gamepedia.com/Duty_officer
3) At level 15 begin your R & D Crafting, you will definitely want to be able to craft later on. http://sto.gamepedia.com/Research_and_Development
4) At level 50 begin your Reputation, it will grant you Dilithium and upgraded gear. http://sto.gamepedia.com/Reputation_System
5) At level 52 begin your Admiralty, it provides Dilithium, Expertise, Experience Points and even more. For your Admiralty missions you will be using whatever ships you have collected along the way, so get as many as you can, there are free ships as you level up, plus a free summer and winter event ship when you run those events, also ships you have purchased from the exchange and/or the ZEN store. http://sto.gamepedia.com/Admiralty_System
Star Trek Online has a very large expanded universe with so much content that you may be overwhelmed at this point. However, it is time to get started. This ends our briefing, hope you will join us in our voyage. Take care and have fun!