March 13, 2019 at 4:08 am #409474Akula2045Fleet Admiral
Welcome New Fleet Members – Moving Alts – 44th Armada – Fleet Holding Meet-up – Gamma squad – Foundry sunset
Here’s your quarterly update regarding your Mighty 44th, and the word is that we are doing extremely well.
Welcome New Fleet Members
As per the usual trend, we have been welcoming dozens of new applicants since the beginning of the new year, and we have welcomed back many returning veterans as well – welcome all!
Active characters = 738 of 1600 (46.13%)
New characters = 157 of 1600 (9.81%)
Active accounts = 231 of 461 (50.11%)
New accounts = 33 of 461 (7.16%)
The active accounts – meaning actual individual players, not alts – have nearly doubled since last year from about 125 to 231.
So as you can see we continue to be a very active fleet which has the pleasant side-effect that both the Delta and Gamma fleets (originally just for extra alt storage) are now growing and completing as mature fleets in their own right. It was never really intended, but the 44th Delta Fleet will soon have its own completed Tier 5 Starbase.
Well done and thanks all!
Not only do our ranks continue to grow, but the quality of new members is up to 44th standards – engaging, active, no-drama and not afraid to ask for advice.
And we are pleased that you continue to provide answers and assistance to our newest members and even crafting / donating kit to help out the fledgling captains successfully face a Borg onslaught, or a particularly vicious tribble outbreak.
Thank you for your unselfish generosity!
The large influx of returning / new members and their alts do pose one creeping issue however – we keep bumping up against the maximum fleet roster limit of 500 characters per fleet.
In the past we created the 44th Delta and 44th Gamma fleet to house the many-many alts you bring along, but sooner or later these fleets will approach their max limit as well. Which is a nice luxury to have!
We will continue our policy that you can have as many alts as you like in the 44th Fleet – as long as they are semi-active, ie log in at least once a week or so.
But we need to balance and disperse alts more evenly among our three Federation fleets as we continue to grow (our KDF fleet still has sufficient space).
In the past, we have asked you to voluntarily move any seldom used or least favorite alts to the 44th Gamma fleet, and we thank those that did.
But most that could volunteer have done so already, and that means we have to adjust the rules a bit. Basically to avoid having to create another fleet to house hungry alts.
In the very near future, there will be a rule that everyone can have a maximum of two (2) active alts in the 44th (Main) Fleet.
Running the roster-numbers, it will bring the Main fleet roster down to about 400, which is ideal as it leaves enough room for future members to transfer two alts from Delta/Gamma to Main, and enough room for alts to temporarily move to Main to buy shiny fleet gear.
Just as a reminder, every Lieutenant rank and above has unrestricted access to main fleet stores to buy fleet ships and fleet gear. All that is required is a map invite or temporary fleet move to Main (just ask any Commodore/Admiral in 44th-diplo or discord).
We will announce in advance when the Main Fleet roster may be reviewed and reshuffled. There will be a 30-day period where we will encourage you to reduce your alts in Main fleet by transferring them to Gamma. After that period we will both remove AND re-invite to 44th Gamma any THIRD ALT in Main (for afk accounts). Again, your alt will NOT be kicked, just moved with rank and privileges intact.
We consider this a fair rule to all and prepares our fleet rosters for our ever increasing numbers.
We will keep you posted on the new 2-alt rule and fleet events both on the forum, discord and in-game, so stay tuned.
Speaking of the Armada, we completed a reshuffle where we said goodbye to our beta fleet Dragons Lair and promoted our longtime armada members MMFWCL to beta fleet (congratulations!). We also welcomed new fleets as full beta/gamma fleets in both our 44th Federation and KDF Armada.
Bienvenue to our newest French KDF fleet Gardiens de Grethor.
This reshuffle made it possible to complete an old wish we had where our three fleets are now their own complete ‘block’: Main 44th Fleet as Alpha presiding over our own 44th Delta and 44th Gamma Fleets. This means that our own fleets are no longer tied to any shenanigans that other fleets may have, if they wish to start their own armada, or regarding inviting/removing sub-fleets.
And just to recap what the whole Armada thing is; allying with other player’s fleets/guilds giving each fleet certain xp and dilithium bonuses to you as a player, depending on the position within the armada, and the total Armada number (calculated by the total amount of members). On top of that you now have access to other fleet’s projects and can help complete their fleet starbase/mine/colony holdings and earn fleet credits in return. Especially when you’re a small fleet of less than a dozen active players, this additional outside armada help really speeds things up.
Fleet Holding Meetup
Regarding fleet events, we will soon have a recurring (probably monthly) Fleet Holding Event. A gathering of fleetings at one of our many fleet holdings where we introduce it to new members and, like last time, just have a smashing good time chasing cats with lasers (don’t ask)…….
Jalification’s Gamma (Reputation) Squad
Fellow fleetie Jalification has an interesting project in the works. As you may know, a number of Captain Reputations, Boff/Doff powers and space sets have various team buffs. Jalif wants to try and create a 5-man team where we try to absolutely maximize the Gamma Rep stacking team bonuses. If the math works out, this team’s joined damage/tanking/healing will double, if not more.
STO’s mechanics can be a bit wonky, so it will be fun to find out how far team bonuses really stack these days. Some of you may remember the stacking damage bonus from the Iconian space set that got the nerf hammer because it was a little “too” good.
It will take some organizing, but its totally doable. This is open to all so anyone can sign up.
Here – https://startrek.44thfleet.com/forums/topic/gamma-doctrine/
So the biggest news in STO is of course the total removal of the Foundry (RIP Foundry), which was where we could create our own missions. As most of you know, lately most foundry missions were basically Endeavor grinders, meaning you could create a simple map to kill x Terrans or y-type ships.
The foundry has always been sort of a redheaded stepchild as it was awkward and its UI was difficult to master.
There were however a number of very good story missions which used the STO engine’s mechanic to its max potential, introducing effects the main game still hasn’t. Using your floater/jetpack to attack your enemies from above? Check! Use your EV suit to discover an underwater base? Yup! Watch Risa burn? You betcha!
Create a 44th Fleet mission based on our (website) history? Indeed! (Alas that one is gone now).
There were also a number of foundry authors who created missions to fill in the gaps in the official Trek lore and even STO’s Iconian story line, which received high praise from the STO community in general.
Sadly, this will all go away. Lead designer Al “Geko” Riviera and STO community manager Mike “Kael” Fathum took a lot of heat, but the sad fact is that the foundry still runs on the old (rarely updated) STO engine. Its original programmers have left Cryptic years ago so a lot of core knowledge is lost, and keeping the two different engines updated took up too much (programmer) time and money for little return.
So no more easy Endeavors! However, the 44th being the 44th, we’ve kept a handy list/post on our forum, started by Chanfron (thanks!), and updating it with new locations/tricks as we find them.
The 44th Fleet has always been supported by a great Command Staff. Gone are the days that one or two fleet admirals could run our online organization, and we are very thankful that the 44th Fleet (for over 9 years!) always had a group of members who dedicate a large portion of their free time not pew-pewing, but instead introducing new members to STO, planing and sloting fleet projects and events, writing detailed guides and reports, run our forum and Discord voice server and conduct Armada and official STO-forum contacts.
So a huge thanks to Bilrost, LadyInferno, Damix, Palcioz, Paradoxical, Phoenix, BreakingForce and Sargon!
44th Fleet Admiral
aka @akula2045, @hadron3000#5120, @ppentaquark1938#8450March 13, 2019 at 6:52 am #410309
Good piece big boss shark man, well done. o7
“watch Risa burn ? check !” LMAO so true
"Boldly bashing Borg to bits since 2012..."March 13, 2019 at 9:19 am #410317SgtKen60Fleet Member
Well Boss Shark thanks for the update, and I am extremely proud to be a member of this Fleet. And so please feel free to move me where you need any of my Captains.
I am still learning the game, (Marcase is trying to get though my thick skull – LoL) and I do not get to play as long as I want.
And I have a bad case of making alts and not keeping them long (I have stopped asking for them to be in the fleet because of this) when I should be working on my mains.
But that is how I learn stuff, tinkering around like that.
- This reply was modified 4 months ago by SgtKen60.
aka @sgtken60March 13, 2019 at 12:56 pm #410322Alexander UzunovFleet Member
Proud to be part of 44th! Thank “you” to all members, for answering every question, and for the good time i get playing. 🙂
aka @ssndip#7764March 13, 2019 at 1:22 pm #410330ShohomFleet Member
Akula, you forgot to mention that the main fleet colony is just days away from completing tier 5, which means all holdings will be fully upgraded 😀March 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm #410348
We probably going to need endeavour tips regarding ground kills, they are going to be the most problematic once the foundry goes down. I.e. Where do u kill 60 Undine/Tzenkethi etc on the ground without the foundry. I suspect cryptic have not thought things through regarding endeavour’s on the ground, if you get one to kill say 60 vaadwar on the ground you can easily do it on kobali, but what about the people who have not unlocked delta yet or Delta arc, without the foundry how are they going to be able to complete it.
Unless the endeavour system does not give ones to people who cant do them due to lvl caps or something, we will have to see.March 14, 2019 at 8:03 pm #410353
Cryptic will probably say “that’s why we have introduced Re-rolls”… (which may get zen/monetized eventually).
"Boldly bashing Borg to bits since 2012..."March 14, 2019 at 6:01 am #410372
Cryptic will probably say “that’s why we have introduced Re-rolls”… (which may get zen/monetized eventually).
As I said to notaladyinferno in the foundry thread, Don’t give them idea’s lol. I assumed reroll token were there for ones you didn’t want to do, not to get round ones you are actively prevented from doing if you wanted too.March 14, 2019 at 11:01 am #411064Anthony SanfordFleet Member
As one of your new members, I have to say how impressed I am with this fleet, everyone I’ve met has been very friendly, even if some were Cross 🙂
Everyone has been happy to answer a plethora of stupid questions and help with gear.
A very sincere thank you to everyone.
aka @AnotherAincientOneMarch 14, 2019 at 11:19 am #411066
Hmm, maybe cryptic reading my posts about ground endeavours lol
From todays patch notes 14/03/2019
March 14, 2019 at 11:43 am #411069JalificationFleet Member
- Disabled the “Defeat Undine (Ground)” Personal Endeavor
Cool! Awesome! Thx for the Gamma Doctrine mention, lets make it work!March 14, 2019 at 3:25 pm #411102DirkFleet Member
I am a new member also and I am very happy to have picked this fleet. And believe me I spent a lot of time checking out fleets before deciding.
I do have a question though. With the numbers being up do we still get to move to the Alpha fleet after 6 weeks in Gamma? I know we can get map invites but sometimes its a pain and I really don’t want to have to ask every time I want to go to a different holding. I have been contributing to the Gamma holdings, not a ton but some, but it has a long way to go.
Thank you Marcase and Paradoxical for all your help and for generously gifting items.
Thanks for a great read Akula.
aka @thraxin#7901March 14, 2019 at 5:27 pm #411116BazzFleet Member
On the 31st of March it will be my 1 year STOversary. Not sure entirely what I’m going to do yet, but I’ve been thinking about a severely challenging scavenger hunt type thing for a while now.
If I can come up with a way to do it in my (not) copious free time, there could be a couple of million EC in it for someone.
I’d also just like to say it’s been a pleasure being in this fleet for the last year. I don’t get to play as much as I’d like at the moment, basically, get on, do the endeavours if I can, and get off. Hopefully that will change in a couple or three months.March 14, 2019 at 7:44 pm #411119
Dirk, yes. The 2-alt rule in main fleet will be introduced soon, and after your 6 weeks you can ask for a move (if not invited). Just ask any admiral online or drop us a note here or on discord. We don’t mean to, but sometimes we overlook one of the many alts out there. 😉
"Boldly bashing Borg to bits since 2012..."
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