My Guide to Crew Management and Dismissal Decisions

Travis S McClainTravis S McClain ✭✭✭✭✭
edited June 16 in Ready Room
I kinda forgot about it until I was reminded of it just a few minutes ago, but back on the old forum, I wrote a few "advice column" type threads. This one was my advice for making decisions about crew dismissals.

Note: I haven’t addressed here the most obvious point of consideration, stats. This seems to me self-evident, for one thing. Also, it’s more nebulous than the points that follow. There are enough elements to game play that allow players to have different priorities. If you’re concentrating on running shuttles, base stats matter most. If you’re trying to complete missions, minimum roll (base + minimum proficiency) is key. If you’re wanting to compete in the Gauntlet, base is irrelevant and only proficiency ranges matter. Ship abilities are also worth considering, especially if you’re competing in the Arena or wish to compete in Skirmish Events.

1. Required Traits

This Wiki page is often incomplete, but it’s still the most helpful go-to resource for seeing if the crew member you’re considering 86'ing is someone you need in order to unlock a node somewhere. These days, there are generally enough options that there’s a good deal of flexibility, but there are still a few (looking at you, Epic “One Future Ends”) where you may be stuck holding onto someone.

2. Cadets

Running cadet missions is vital to making progress. However, it can be cumbersome to carry more cadets than is necessary. We can now warp 3*'d (i.e., fully completed) Cadet Challenge missions, so you'll want to focus on clearing those as early as you can, and then move these crew to the Cryostasis Vault to make room for more helpful crew members who are harder to fully fuse.

There are some essential cadets, some who have a few alternatives, and there are some who are 100% useless to you (Maquis Chakotay and Boomer Mayweather, for instance, aren’t even eligible for use in any challenge). Starbase and Collection bonuses have made made cadets more useful than they once were, so now you can reasonably use some on Epic level missions that they used to not be able to clear.

Your best best is to work with as few cadets as possible. "Riker's Angels" is a term I originally coined for the trio of Cadet Sito Jaxa, Ensign Pazlar, and Ensign Seska as they could clear at least one cadet mission on Epic throughout the weekday Challenges. You can use Festive Jadzia Dax or Science Officer T'Pol in lieu of Pazlar. Lt Naomi Wildman can sub for Seska for ENG, but there is one mission where Seska's SEC lets her clear nodes thanks to trait bonuses (Wildman has DIP instead of SEC as her secondary skill). Whichever trio of Angels you go with, you'll also need CMO Crusher, Nurse Kes, and/or Security Chief Worf or Lt Tasha Yar depending on which specific mission you're trying to clear.

2a. 3* Crew

You'll need 3* crew to complete regular missions that your 2*'s can't before you get enough 4*'s and/or 5*'s to do that, so make use of whoever you can for that. But for the purpose of streamlining your roster, remember that a lot of 3* crew are ineligible for use in either of the weekend challenges, so prioritize crew who are either Female (for use on Saturday) or Non-Human (Sunday). Ideally, you'll want to keep and use Female, Non-Human 3*'s like B'Etor Duras, Gilora Rejal, and Tourist Jadzia Dax. Remember, your free Daily Reward 3*'s each month and a top 7500 finish in an event are great ways to get Fully Fused 3*'s!

3. Events

Firstly, has this crew member already been featured in an event that has not yet been replayed? (Check the Wiki page here.) Since events have been replayed (mostly) in their original chronological order, it’s reasonably easy to guess along with how long you might have to wait for another crack at some stars on them or until they’ll be useful again.

Secondly, there’s guessing along with future events. How likely does it seem that this crew member (or at least some persona of that character) will turn up in an event? It’s likelier that a Kirk persona will be helpful in a future event than it is that, say, Automated Unit 3947.

4. Cryostasis Vault

The only way to collect as many crew as possible is to move completed ones to the vault to make room for newcomers. If you’re looking to do that, it’s important to consider how likely it is that you’ll be able to fully fuse the crew member. Honor Citations make it a little more practical than it used to be, but they’re costly enough that it can still take awhile. Recently introduced Campaigns give a great opportunity to collect a Fully Fused 4* crew member and a 4* Citation at the end that you can put toward someone else, so keep up with your Daily Missions!

Also, Collections may influence your decision here. For instance, I'd never kept Telek R'Mor no matter how many copies of him I got at a time. He just wasn't necessary for my cadet roster since he was only useful in Tuesday's "The United Federation". However, a few days ago, I made a point to finally keep him because he's one of the few Romulans presently in the game (and one of the even fewer who aren't 5*'s!).

5. Crew Cost Finder

This tool so helpfully designed by @/SSR/izausome will show you what it takes to complete your crew member. Sometimes it’s easier to decide to keep someone if they’re relatively easy to finish so you can get them into the vault. Sometimes it’s easier to just cut loose someone ridiculously difficult to equip.

6. Vanity Trophies

Is this a crew member you earned from participating in an event? Sometimes it feels nice to scroll through the vault and see that crew member. I used to try to keep every event-earned crew member, but of course that became impractical. I do still make an effort to accommodate anyone I earn from an Expedition Event, though.

7. Who Do You LIKE?

Aside from the required traits, this is really the most important factor to consider. Since you’re considering dismissing someone, it’s clear you’re not presently trying to collect everyone. Or, at least, you realize you’re going to have to hold off and wait for someone to come back around when you’re more able to dedicate the resources to them.

Every single crew member, 1* or 5* or anywhere between, requires the same 293,910 XP to fully level. I’ve found I’d rather sink that XP and all the items and chronitons into characters/personae that I like. It makes completing them feel more satisfying, whereas slogging through to finish someone I’m not into felt like a tedious chore. Who wants their gaming experience to be a tedious chore?

Anyway, I hope this helps!

In the original version, I dashed off a crude hand drawn flowchart. @Data1001 kindly created this legible version:

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Comments

  • robownagerobownage ✭✭✭✭✭
    This is fantastic!
  • DralixDralix ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2018
    Redacted after I read a little more ...
  • I have a noob question about the Cryostasis vault.
    I have sufficient cadets to complete almost all the cadet missions - certainly enough to reap all the benefits on a daily basis
    Now we can warp the cadet missions, if I put my cadets into Cryostasis, would I still be able to warp those missions?
    Sorry if that's a stupid question but it isn't obvious to me....
  • [ISA] Big McLargeHuge[ISA] Big McLargeHuge ✭✭✭✭✭
    I have a noob question about the Cryostasis vault.
    I have sufficient cadets to complete almost all the cadet missions - certainly enough to reap all the benefits on a daily basis
    Now we can warp the cadet missions, if I put my cadets into Cryostasis, would I still be able to warp those missions?
    Sorry if that's a stupid question but it isn't obvious to me....

    Yep, you absolutely can. Enjoy the free crew slots!
  • MirrorVerse JcMirrorVerse Jc ✭✭✭
    I have a noob question about the Cryostasis vault.
    I have sufficient cadets to complete almost all the cadet missions - certainly enough to reap all the benefits on a daily basis
    Now we can warp the cadet missions, if I put my cadets into Cryostasis, would I still be able to warp those missions?
    Sorry if that's a stupid question but it isn't obvious to me....

    I would add there are no stupid questions. Especially from a newer player how are you to learn??? Ask away. Someone will help you.
  • MirrorVerse JcMirrorVerse Jc ✭✭✭
    I love this explanation considering all aspects of the game. Some ppl are so focussed on voyage and event crew the basics of clearing your cadets and missions in galaxy map get lost. It is so much easier to advance when you have cleared all and then can warp them. Much quicker and one of the main staples of the game that has been overlooked as more portions have been added. I think some newer players are overwhelmed with so many aspects. The basics that the game is built on have gotten lost. And thats ok if your adventure is to run voyages and do galaxy events. But to succeed in all aspects the start of this conversation has sound advice along with personal choices for everyone.
  • Dirk GundersonDirk Gunderson ✭✭✭✭✭
    I love this explanation considering all aspects of the game. Some ppl are so focussed on voyage and event crew the basics of clearing your cadets and missions in galaxy map get lost. It is so much easier to advance when you have cleared all and then can warp them. Much quicker and one of the main staples of the game that has been overlooked as more portions have been added. I think some newer players are overwhelmed with so many aspects. The basics that the game is built on have gotten lost. And thats ok if your adventure is to run voyages and do galaxy events. But to succeed in all aspects the start of this conversation has sound advice along with personal choices for everyone.

    It was quite simple once upon a time. No achievements, no gauntlet, no voyages, no cryostasis, no arena...not even events, for a time. Being around for all of these changes has certainly helped with the learning curve, and I am fortunately not alone in being more than happy to share what I have learned with anyone who asks.
  • muwoomuwoo ✭✭✭
    I love this explanation considering all aspects of the game. Some ppl are so focussed on voyage and event crew the basics of clearing your cadets and missions in galaxy map get lost. It is so much easier to advance when you have cleared all and then can warp them. Much quicker and one of the main staples of the game that has been overlooked as more portions have been added. I think some newer players are overwhelmed with so many aspects. The basics that the game is built on have gotten lost. And thats ok if your adventure is to run voyages and do galaxy events. But to succeed in all aspects the start of this conversation has sound advice along with personal choices for everyone.

    It was quite simple once upon a time. No achievements, no gauntlet, no voyages, no cryostasis, no arena...not even events, for a time. Being around for all of these changes has certainly helped with the learning curve, and I am fortunately not alone in being more than happy to share what I have learned with anyone who asks.

    So what did you do?
  • Travis S McClainTravis S McClain ✭✭✭✭✭
    I have a noob question about the Cryostasis vault.
    I have sufficient cadets to complete almost all the cadet missions - certainly enough to reap all the benefits on a daily basis
    Now we can warp the cadet missions, if I put my cadets into Cryostasis, would I still be able to warp those missions?
    Sorry if that's a stupid question but it isn't obvious to me....

    It probably wasn't obvious because I hadn't revised this since we started being able to warp them. I just updated it. I've also made a couple other revisions, to address 3* crew and Campaigns. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!
  • Dirk GundersonDirk Gunderson ✭✭✭✭✭
    muwoo wrote: »
    I love this explanation considering all aspects of the game. Some ppl are so focussed on voyage and event crew the basics of clearing your cadets and missions in galaxy map get lost. It is so much easier to advance when you have cleared all and then can warp them. Much quicker and one of the main staples of the game that has been overlooked as more portions have been added. I think some newer players are overwhelmed with so many aspects. The basics that the game is built on have gotten lost. And thats ok if your adventure is to run voyages and do galaxy events. But to succeed in all aspects the start of this conversation has sound advice along with personal choices for everyone.

    It was quite simple once upon a time. No achievements, no gauntlet, no voyages, no cryostasis, no arena...not even events, for a time. Being around for all of these changes has certainly helped with the learning curve, and I am fortunately not alone in being more than happy to share what I have learned with anyone who asks.

    So what did you do?

    Level crew. Scan for things. Play the missions in the first few episodes and the Delphic Expanse distress calls. Chat with fleet mates. That was about it in the earliest days. Adding the arena was a nice change of pace, for sure...we have one quite a long way.
  • muwoomuwoo ✭✭✭
    Oh yeah, missions. Those are my favorite. I get excited when they add new ones.
  • I didn't know I could warp cadet missions without any cadets in my active roster. This is the equivalent of 4 immediate bonus crew slots (and 7 more once I complete the 3*s I have in progress for collections). Thanks so much! Sorry, Seska, you've been MVP for a long while but it's freezer time.

    And the analysis and flow chart are very good too. My usual 2* roster was indeed one of the 'Riker's Angels' combinations.
  • I was going along good and completing many missions. I also was having some success at the arena battles but I must have sent key people I needed to cryo because now, even though my ships are stronger, I often fail the arena battles and I can't complete some missions because I don't have the right crew or they aren't strong enough. I feel stuck and unsure of what to do or how to figure out who I need for what. I'm leveling crew up but I'm not always sure they are the "right" crew.
  • Travis S McClainTravis S McClain ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 16
    I was going along good and completing many missions. I also was having some success at the arena battles but I must have sent key people I needed to cryo because now, even though my ships are stronger, I often fail the arena battles and I can't complete some missions because I don't have the right crew or they aren't strong enough. I feel stuck and unsure of what to do or how to figure out who I need for what. I'm leveling crew up but I'm not always sure they are the "right" crew.

    It's hard to say without knowing who's in your active crew, who's in your vault, and what it is that you're trying to accomplish now that you could before, @÷Grand Nagus Rom 17 . If you could maybe give us a couple of examples of things you're not able to do now that you know you could before, I'm sure someone here can help.
  • Well written words . thanks for the perspective.
  • [Mirror]Sanoa[Mirror]Sanoa ✭✭✭
    muwoo wrote: »
    So what did you do?
    Quit. This is what I did back then after just a couple of days. Unlike now the game was incredibly boring.
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