G & T Show Supplemental Log – STO’s 5th Anniversary with Al Rivera
G & T Show Supplemental Log – STO’s 5th Anniversary with Al Rivera is now available for downloading. Check it out here. This week Terry and Mike had the pleasure to sit down with Al “Captain Geko” Rivera to talk about STO’s 5th Anniversary and the Delta Rising Expansion. Nick was unable to join in the fun due to a work emergency but in his absence Al still updates us on what he’s wearing in true G&T fashion!
We start off the show with Terry saying how she was slow getting through the content and Al shares that he is too and how he often doesn’t get to play the final product until after it is released. Mike congratulates the STO team on all the voice talent that has been brought into the game and Al describes some of the problems of getting contracts signed, especially when it involves lawyers!
They then go on to talk about getting Kim Rhodes into voice Jhet’leya in the 5th Anniversary Featured Episode. Al mentions about the interview with Kim Rhodes and you can check that out that interview from the Arc Games blog here: http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9065163 or you can go direct to Perfect World Entertainment‘s SoundCloud to listen to the interview direct here: https://soundcloud.com/perfectworldentertainment/kim-rhodes-interview . Terry and Mike talk about their thoughts on the Featured Episode titled “Dust to Dust” and talk to Al about the new way the special rewards are given out.
The discussion then moves over to talking about alts and playable content where Terry and Mike share how many characters they have! Al mentions some details on what content he wants to replace that is still in the game from when it launched 5 years ago to bring it up to the current standards and to fit into the new storylines better. He also mentions that he want to do the same on the Klingon faction as well as the Federation. There is also a mention about the improvements to the special events making it easier to get the ship rewards and Al mentions they are looking at making that even easier in the future!
Terry moves the conversation along to the recent news of the new Executive Producer for Star Trek Online, Stephen Ricossa ( http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9065603-a-change-in-command ) and wishes the Star Trek Online a happy anniversary.
Next they move on to questions from the listeners and talk about more further recent news from Cryptic that in Season 10 the sector space walls are going; well most of them!
The conversation then goes on to the STO Gateway, where Mike admits that he did not know that you could manage fleet project through it and Terry and Mike ask Al about what plans there might be for gateway development. This then leads into talking about converting the game to be used on the Xbox like Neverwinter is.
Mike then moves the topic of discussion to Delta Rising. The last time that the G&T Show talked to Al back in September 2014 they had not played through the content. Mike is very, very, VERY happy about the Vaadwaur! Terry goes on to say what her biggest surprise was in the story and Al says how he was pleased that players were very good on the social networks not to give out spoilers to everyone. It is at this point Terry squees more than usual whilst they all discuss the new storylines!
The next topic brought up by is specializations, reputations and Mike brings up the difficulty of completing the advanced PvE queues. During the information Al tells us about XP, he mentions that they are planning to adjust XP for many patrols and that Dilithium will be rewarded for patrols and missions content. Al even mentions about recent internal talks about raising the Dilithium refinement cap and why raising it will could have an impact on the game.
Mike asks about a Delta Quadrant Fleet holding where Al informs us that in 2015 Fleets will have a lot more love. Then Terry asks Al about First Contact Day and he reveals some big hints of what he’s looking to release this year and next!
The Winter event is then brought up by Mike who says the Winter event is not as social as it was when it was first released. Al shares his thoughts on the matter and talks about how he sees moving forward with no just the Winter event but the Summer event.
Al then asks Terry about what she thought of the ground Vaadwaur boss fight that leads into a discussion on the new Bridge Officer (BOFF) training system that was recently released. Al tells us that the functionality to have your BOFFs make training manuals is due out soon.
Mike then asks Al about who he would most like to have next in to do a voice over for Star Trek Online and after Al revealed his list, Mike made a request of his own and they talk about wanting Felicia Day as Reginald Barclay‘s daughter!
Terry then brings up ships and how she is confused by the ship mastery system and their traits. After Al has finished explaining how it all works Mike asks about repackaging ships to pass to other characters.
After some ship talk, Al moves the discussion back to the Delta Quadrant and talks about its bad guys and storylines from Star Trek: Voyager as well as some of the inspiration on the story arc of the Bluegills and the Iconians. They also chat about having Liberated Borg as a playable faction.
To wrap things up, Terry asks if there is anything that Al would like to add and he tell us that 2015 content is all mapped out and we’ll have plenty of regular content coming out throughout the year. He also hint at storylines that are still open that might be tied up and that they’ll be leading up to content coming out in 2016 ready for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and the 3rd JJ movie!
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He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
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