Into Derpness


Donors for July 22, 2014

A pretty easy day compared to yesterday! Lots of new people again. I hope they really do head over here and read the rules. Makes everything much easily.

As some of you already know, I am halting my purchases of zen for the time being until this R&D fiasco gets worked out. In case you all are not aware of it yet, I wrote up a short post about it here.

Here are your donors for the day! Make sure you thank them if you see them in-game!

donor 1 July 22 donor 2 July 22

Star Trek Online – Cryptic Making the Grind Unbearable

I know this is an odd time to make a post (forgive me, my sleeping patterns are almost always all over the place), but I just got around to reading the patch notes for later today. Here is something I want to bring your attention to. Here is a excerpt from the patch notes:

Research and Development:

  • Resolved an issue which was allowing players to run multiple Research Training projects from the same school simultaneously.
    • Only 1 Research Training project can be run at a time per school.


This change, to me and many others, is completely unacceptable. It’s bad enough they want us to grind each school to level 15 before getting some of the more worthwhile gear. I can understand that. You want your players to work a bit before giving them the payoff. Limiting the number of research projects for each school, however, means that each area would take possibly months to cap.

I also want to mention that in case you all have not seen me comment about it in game, I am currently on a streak of 59 straight elite runs without a single Very Rare R&D mat dropping out of the boxes for me. Again, unacceptable.

I am not asking for one in EVERY single box, but none out of 59 is just ridiculous. I posted on the thread in the forums, letting them know that I am not happy at all with their changes. You can find the thread here and I have copy / pasted my thread comments below:

Anyone who knows me in game knows I buy zen from time to time and I don’t just buy 5-10USD worth. I buy quite a bit. Not only that, I am also a lifer so I have paid a fair amount of money into the game. That being said, I am , at this point, halting all my zen purchases. 

I am doing this as a way to let Cryptic know that the nerfing of the R&D system is unacceptable. Running multiple research projects was a good way to get a jump on pushing a school further and faster. To be honest, I wasn’t at all happy with the grind the way it was setup. However, the researches made it tolerable. Removing this ability to run multiples pretty much says that they want us to takes months to complete even a single school unless we dump huge amounts of dilithium into nothingness. 

I am not even going to get started on the ridiculously low drop rates for the Very Rare R&D mats (59 elite runs and not a single VR mat).

I’m not gonna yell. I’m not gonna call anyone names. All I am gonna do is not give Cryptic anymore of my money until this is resolved. I have defended Cryptic on several occasions when it came to grinding and farming items, but this I cannot defend. It’s been said many times before in this thread – Bad idea is BAD. I am sure any Dev or Community Manager can look at my account and see just how much money I have sent their way in the past 2 years. Consider that money lost from this point forward until you lessen the grind you have turn the game into. 

I think all of us should do the same. Our words can only do so much. Our wallets will speak much louder.

I would urge all of you to do the same. We have to let Cryptic know that we are completely opposed to this change.



Donor Names for July 21, 2014

Oh, how things came around for one troll today. For pretty much a year, this Bilf person has been a jerk to me – always giving me crap and even badmouthing the giveaway on several occasions. Why do I think justice was served today? This:


Steven had already won something at this point in the giveaway so even though he was first in, he would not have won. Bilf, as you can see, would have won it…but he was blacklisted a long time ago. Oh, the irony. Chadwick got it and he was quite happy about it. The trait was Momentum (since I accidentally cut off the name). The lesson here? Don’t be a jerkface to people.

Anyway, lots of new people today! Some, since they didn’t win anything, immediately started calling it a scam. Again. This is nothing new. I think people forget just how many whispers I can get in a single giveaway. I get several hundred and sometimes over a thousand in a single event. Think about that before you get angry over not winning anything.

Here are your donors for the day. Make sure you thank them if you see them around! Don’t forget about the Suliban Drawing! Enter it here!

donor 1 July 21 donor 2 July 21

donor 3 july 21



Donors for July 20, 2014

Kind of a slow day today, but not a big deal. It’s Sunday! I am sure most people were out at church or maybe a family gathering. It happens!

83 people have entered the Suliban Cell Ship drawing so far. Have you? You can! Daily! Enter here!

Here are your donors for the day! Thank you all again for all the great items!

Donor 2 July 20 Donor 3 July 20 Donors 1 July 20

Donors for July 19, 2014

Today we had another little troll, trolling his troll fingers for attention. Oh well!

We had a nice influx of lower level items so expect to see more of them as the next few days come!

Here are your donors for the day! And don’t forget to enter to win a Suliban Cell ship here!

donor 1 July 19 donor 2 July 19 donor 3 July 19

Donors for July 18, 2014

Lots of hate today. I am gonna say that the new patch has driven people mad. Well, I cannot make people read the giveaway rules. I can only point them in the right direction. I am not gonna waste my time on people who cannot put in a t least a tiny bit of effort.

Anyway, the Suliban Drawing is still on! You can enter daily for a better chance to win. The drawing post is here!

Here are your donors for the day!

Donor 1 July 18 donor 2 July 18


Posted this the other day, but still very funny!


Star Trek Online – Season 9.5 Patch Notes Overview

For those that do not read patch notes regularly, it would be a good idea to check these out. We are getting a pretty major update, particularly with the Crafting system which has been pretty awful up until now. They are quite long because of the update size so check them out when you have some time. I have gone over them and some of the changes look pretty good. Some of the complaints I have are in line with what most other people are upset about.

  • The DOFF UI is CLUNKY! It looks as if they were designing it so people with eye problems could see it better. I am all for helping out those less fortunately, but now the UI looks massive on my screen (I have a 48 inch monitor).
  • Also in the same breath with the DOFF issue, the UI does not actively list their traits anymore so it is harder to see whom you should place on a particular assignment.
  • They closed Memory Alpha. I actually liked that place. It was a good, quiet starbase. I hope they have plans to bring it back at some point.
  • Xindi Lockbox, but nothing in the patch notes about it.
  • Also no blog posts (at the time of this writing) posted about it so we are kind of going into this blind.

Ok, enough crying. What are the good things?

  • Kit Modules now have their own exchange spot! (Hooray!)
  • KDF can now hang out on Risa all the time if they want, not just the summer event!
  • The PVE queues now have a sound when they “pop,” letting you know audibly that you can “Engage!” I am very happy about this.
  • Battlezone areas like Defera, Nukara, etc. now have dilithium rewards build into them. It’s not a huge amount, but I was doing Defera a lot anyone so the extra dil is a nice addition.
  • Aegis Set got an automatic update. FYI, if you won the Aegis Set Contest last month, you now have an MK XII set after the patch!

This is by no means the entirety of the patch notes. You should still head over and give them a read. You can check them out here.

Remember, 3 hours downtime today and since it’s a bigger patch, we might experience more downtime afterward.



Donors for July 16, 2014

More new people today. I was expecting this with the move back to ESD. Also have a few naysayers. One person said I was just trying to collect in game mails to spam later on by having people whisper me. I guess they don’t know you could just search the player database in the social tab and get all the in game mail addresses you want. -_-

Anyway, the drawing for the Suliban Cell Ship is going well. We have a ton of people entering. Remember you can enter every day for a better chance of winning. Check out the post here.

Here are your donors for the day.

donor 1 july 16 donor 2 july 16 donor 3 july 16 donor 4 july 16


Here is some funny for you!


Donors for July 15, 2014

Had a lot of new people today. I think I need to push the site a little more during the giveaway so people know where to check out the rules. Many other players are helpful in pointing out certain things which is a great thing. Always good to help out new players.

Don’t forget to enter the drawing for the Suliban Cell ship! It ends on August 4th so get your entries in. Remember, each entry gives you a better chance at winning.

Here are your donors for the day!

donor 1 july 15 donor 2 July 15 donor 3 July 15


And here is a silly picture just because we can.


Donors for July 14, 2014

We are still transitioning back to ESD from Risa. The crowds have been smaller, but they are picking up again. I am also happy to say that the trolling has dropped significantly. I can’t say for certain, but hopefully Cryptic played a role in getting my stalkers / trolls to lay off.

One other thing I want to mention is…today is 5 months that the giveaway has been going! I can’t believe it either. What started out so small is still going strong and I am quite pleased with this. The community does seem a little better for the efforts we have made to try and improve the overall quality of the game. I have no plans to let off the gas either. As long as the donors are still willing, I will still have the giveaway!

Speaking of donors, here they are for the day! I also want to mention Kyu@dareios13 as they gave me a 1m EC donation just before the giveaway started today! Thank you very much, sir!

donor 1 July 14


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