G & T Show Supplemental Log – Al Rivera STO’s Delta Rising
G & T Show Supplemental Log – Al Rivera STO’s Delta Rising is now available for downloading. Check it out here. This week Nick, Terry, and Mike had the pleasure to sit down with Al “Captain Geko” Rivera to talk about STO’s upcoming Delta Rising Expansion and everything that we have to look forward to when it drops in mid October. Nick leaves early because of work.
We are excited to have Al back on the show, since the last time we spoke with him had been at Vegas just after the Delta Rising announcement. Nick starts us off with a problem he’s experiencing with Undine Infiltration that Al confirms only effects him. All kidding aside, we get down to business and talk about all of the good stuff that will be included with Delta Rising, including the new voice over for Captain Harry Kim, Seven of Nine, The Doctor, Neelix, and the return of Tuvok to the game. He reveals some behind the scenes tidbit with an interview STO conducted with Jerry Ryan.
Al shares their plan to update the Romulan Arc and later the Cardassian Arc so it fits better with their respective featured episodes series. Nick reminisces over how far the game has changed and evolved over the last five years. Terry moves the discussion to the new technology and systems coming into the game with Delta Rising and we start discussing some of the Dev Blogs that have come out recently. Terry shares that she has already purchased the Delta Rising Operations Pack. Nick and Mike share why they haven’t gotten it yet.
Nick wonders why there is an energy drain when you move your ship in reverse. We retcon a good reason when Al explains that it was to avoid a certain exploit. Mike follows it up with a question submitted by a listener. Al turns it around on us by asking a question about the little girl in our parental advisory warning. Mike asks another listener question regarding story PVE content and the level progression from levels 50 to 60. He tells us about the new tech implemented in the patrols, the PVE queues, the adventure zone, and how they are included included in the level progression of Delta Rising. Terry moves us to what we can expect at level 60 and the new Specialization Trees and leveling beyond 60. We go on a tagent to discuss Commodore.
Mike asks another listener submitted question that leads to a discussion of the Tier 6 and Tier 5 upgrade ships. We spend a few minutes talking about the benefits of upgrading your tier 5 ship. Al gives us an exclusive regarding an announcement that will be made next week regarding the upgrading process. Nick has to leave to deal with his real life job. Mike moves us along to the topic of the gear and weapon upgrade system. We talk about the crafting system and how it relates to the upgrade system. We talk about the upgrade weekend and the rewards that are currently available this weekend and in the next few weekends until Delta Rising’s release. It brings us to the difficulty changes made to the PVE queues. He warns that Elite content is not for everyone and is designed for players that have invested in perfecting their builds.
The conversation ships to starbases and Al says that a new holding will be appearing in the future connected to the Delta Quadrant. He also mentions the Delta Quadrant Reputation system, and the variety of systems that they are rotating through with each of the expansions. Mike tells Terry to plug her ears, so he and Al could talk about the Vaadwaur and how pleased he is with them in game so far. Terry returns and Mike wants to invite Al back after Delta Rising’s release so we can talk about the story at that time.
Terry asks Al what he else he would like to talk about. They talk about the Delta Rising: Operations Pack. Mike was disappointed to find out that the Dauntless was not going to be available to Klingons and Romulans. Al goes into detail about the Intel ships and how the Intelligence Bridge Officers will benefit them. Terry is looking forward to the Eclipse Intel Cruiser, while Mike is interested in the Mat’Ha Raptor, which Al explains he wanted to name the Targ because it’s design was influenced by the warthog. The Intelligence powers had Mike and Terry both squeeing with joy. We talk about account bound ships and the idea of mothballing ships. Mike offers a question regarding lockbox and lobi ships and being able to bind it another character. Al suggests a test run from the Holodeck.
Al takes us to the Starship Mastery system available in Tier 5 upgrade and Tier 6 ships. The system unlocks passive skills on a ship the longer you use it. We’re going to save the discussion of the story for a later time after Delta Rising comes out. Al talks about a potential liberated Borg faction that was not included at this time, instead to focus on increasing the level cap. He talks about the process involved in getting the Voyager crew into the game. Mike asks if they were able to get Bob Picardo to sing a song for the game and his hope to see it at some later point in the game. With Delta Rising, STO is just scratching the surface with what the Delta Quadrant has to offer. Al reveals that work has begun on the Winter and Anniversary Events.
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