Key information about the event: The Game's Afoot (flashbackrunish) - 01/30

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  • AviTrekAviTrek ✭✭✭✭✭
    AviTrek wrote: »
    It occurs to me that with The Professor involved, this is technically "The Game's Afoot 2" Flashback. It also occurs to me to offer a quick primer for players who have never done an Expedition.

    Expeditions are basically Skirmishes for crew instead of ships. (Or, rather, Skirmishes are Expeditions for ships instead of crew.) The most notable difference is that you cannot use a crew member in the event if they are assigned to a shuttle or a Voyage, so plan accordingly. My personal strategy is to complete a ticket, then send out shuttles. Leave the game alone until the shuttles return, then complete another ticket. This helps me stave off event burnout, too.

    Your crew will fatigue after each use, as they do in the Gauntlet. Featured and Bonus crew (The Professor, Data & La Forge variants) will fatigue ten percent per node. Everyone else will fatigue at twice that pace. Ergo, you can use Featured & Bonus crew twenty times per ticket and everyone else just ten times.

    As they fatigue, their stats will decrease, both base and proficiency. So too will the value of trait bonuses per node.

    You have to complete the first mission to unlock the next, and on each difficulty to unlock the next highest. Once you have unlocked a mission/difficulty, it will remain unlocked for the duration of the event, so you only have to start from the bottom once. The best approach is to unlock everything with your first ticket, and on subsequent tickets, start with Mission 5 on Epic and work your way backward. That way as your crew fatigues, they're facing less difficult node skill levels.

    You must crit a node in order to earn VP; just clearing it is insufficient. During the original run of this event, only Featured Crew were guaranteed VP for crits. Bonus crew had a higher chance of earning VP. In subsequent Expeditions, all crits were guaranteed VP. It remains to be seen which rules will be in place for this Flashback.

    Just going through each ticket once for the max VP was usually sufficient to clear thresholds. However, that was before threshold rewards were expanded. It remains to be seen what the rewards table will look like. If the current schema is used, you will almost certainly have to grind it out for additional VP per ticket, or purchase additional tickets.

    Most importantly, you will fatigue along with your crew! Pace yourself! Expeditions are the most accessible events for players to chase rank because a lot of players hate the format and will bail early. The key to competing is to repeat missions once you've claimed the maximum VP and grind it out to earn lesser VP per node. Most players are unwilling to do that, giving the advantage to those who will.

    Those are all the rules from the last expedition events. When this event first ran nodes relocked after each ticket. There was a RNG check before the star was given even if you rolled high enough. There was a timer for how long you had per ticket. This particular event had vastly different VP in threshold.

    We don't know how this flashback will work. And DB has apparently not told Shan yet either.

    This is based on my understanding that the inclusion of The Professor establishes this as "The Game's Afoot 2", rather than the original run. That would also explain skipping "Holograms Are Forever" and "Ribbon of Joy", which were played under the original, harsher, conditions. From Shan's post in the old forum:
    The Game’s Afoot is a rerun of the first Expedition Event. Since it ran, we have made two significant changes:

    - This event will run under the newest Expedition Event ticketing system (1 hour of play from the redemption of a ticket, with three free tickets per day).
    - New for this event: once an Elite or Epic Event Away Team Mission is unlocked, it will remain so for the remainder of the event, not just the duration of the ticket.

    Featured characters have a 100% chance to earn rare rewards on Event Away Team Missions
    - Doctor La Forge
    - The Professor
    - Detective Data (only available in the event pack in your Time Portal)

    Using other versions of The Professor, Data or La Forge will provide a bonus to earning rare rewards on Event Away Team Missions.

    Thanks. They changed expedition events so many times I lost track of what was in this version.

    If they keep this version, that does mean a timed 1 hour ticket vs unlimited time.

    No VP doubler for rare rewards.

    Event crew have 100% crit chance, but other crew do not. So if there is a CMD node and you use a different data you may have to repeat the node multiple times to receive the star. But on the positive side, you will get the same VP always.
  • V.V. ✭✭✭
    My favorite event and event type! Sherlock Data was my 2nd 5/5. And I had him at 4/5 long long before anyone else through this event. Good memories thanks.
    Jean-Luc Picard: "We think we've come so far. Torture of heretics, burning of witches, is all ancient history. Then, before you can blink an eye, suddenly, it threatens to start all over again."
  • Travis S McClainTravis S McClain ✭✭✭✭✭
    If I had a vote, I'd vote against shifting from tickets to intel, if only because one of the perks of the Expedition format is that it's a weekend where the only chronitons I have to spend are to complete the threshold 4* if they're new, and to meet my daily mission requirements. Next week's event coming after a Galaxy and Skirmish back to back illustrates the value of this, I think.

    Besides, only a tiny fraction of players bother with additional tickets. They're not necessary. I've never bought any. Other than the earlier ones when I was still developing my crew, I've had no problem ranking high enough for the 5*. Which reminds me, The Professor was the very first 5* I earned from an event. I'll always have a soft spot for him. It's cool to get a chance to earn another star for him this week, and I'm excited to actually let him come out to play next week!
  • barrydancerbarrydancer ✭✭✭✭
    Not a fan of expeditions. Am a fan of T'Pol. Torn, I am.
  • AntasilAntasil ✭✭✭✭
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    also yay!
  • DavideBooksDavideBooks ✭✭✭✭✭
    Banjo1012 wrote: »
    Aandraa wrote: »
    Archer-T-Pol-Twilight-screencap-episode-3x08-archer-and-tpol-7092259-1010-568.jpg

    Nice to see someone else is actually geeked about this T’Pol

    I like Enterprise. I never really liked T'Pol. I suspect her character was poorly and inconsistently written. I felt she was a bad Vulcan, what with being extremely emotional and condescending. I think that was the writing, too. Truth told, she did shine in a few episodes. Also, I liked the actress during her Stargate role.
  • eXo | das411eXo | das411 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Shan wrote: »
    OK!

    So this expedition flashback will follow the same rules that applied the last time we ran an expedition event (hybrid event Auld Lang Syne) - meaning no timer on a ticket and no RNG when criting a VP node.

    As for the rewards structure, this flashback was adapted to be in line with what has been done in events recently.

    Detective Data will not be part of the rewards however.

    yay thanks for clarifying Shan but why did you guys decrease the difficulty for everyone who's never played one before, they won't get the full frustrating grinding away at nodes with EVERYONE ON YOUR ROSTER experience :D

    two serious questions for everyone else who's looking forward to this:

    - did we even have voyages the last time we had an expedition?

    - who else has the 6 inbox tickets left?
  • Ren~Ren~ ✭✭✭✭
    Shan wrote: »
    OK!

    So this expedition flashback will follow the same rules that applied the last time we ran an expedition event (hybrid event Auld Lang Syne) - meaning no timer on a ticket and no RNG when criting a VP node.

    As for the rewards structure, this flashback was adapted to be in line with what has been done in events recently.

    Detective Data will not be part of the rewards however.

    Thank you for taking the time to ask around to enlighten us, now we can prepare.

    I'm interested in giving this a try, I'm happy it's not a faction event again anyway.
  • WaldoMagWaldoMag ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 24
    It occurs to me that with The Professor involved, this is technically "The Game's Afoot 2" Flashback. It also occurs to me to offer a quick primer for players who have never done an Expedition.

    Expeditions are basically Skirmishes for crew instead of ships. (Or, rather, Skirmishes are Expeditions for ships instead of crew.) The most notable difference is that you cannot use a crew member in the event if they are assigned to a shuttle or a Voyage, so plan accordingly. My personal strategy is to complete a ticket, then send out shuttles. Leave the game alone until the shuttles return, then complete another ticket. This helps me stave off event burnout, too.

    Your crew will fatigue after each use, as they do in the Gauntlet. Featured and Bonus crew (The Professor, Data & La Forge variants) will fatigue ten percent per node. Everyone else will fatigue at twice that pace. Ergo, you can use Featured & Bonus crew twenty times per ticket and everyone else just ten times.

    As they fatigue, their stats will decrease, both base and proficiency. So too will the value of trait bonuses per node.

    You have to complete the first mission to unlock the next, and on each difficulty to unlock the next highest. Once you have unlocked a mission/difficulty, it will remain unlocked for the duration of the event, so you only have to start from the bottom once. The best approach is to unlock everything with your first ticket, and on subsequent tickets, start with Mission 5 on Epic and work your way backward. That way as your crew fatigues, they're facing less difficult node skill levels.

    You must crit a node in order to earn VP; just clearing it is insufficient. During the original run of this event, only Featured Crew were guaranteed VP for crits. Bonus crew had a higher chance of earning VP. In subsequent Expeditions, all crits were guaranteed VP. It remains to be seen which rules will be in place for this Flashback.

    Just going through each ticket once for the max VP was usually sufficient to clear thresholds. However, that was before threshold rewards were expanded. It remains to be seen what the rewards table will look like. If the current schema is used, you will almost certainly have to grind it out for additional VP per ticket, or purchase additional tickets.

    Most importantly, you will fatigue along with your crew! Pace yourself! Expeditions are the most accessible events for players to chase rank because a lot of players hate the format and will bail early. The key to competing is to repeat missions once you've claimed the maximum VP and grind it out to earn lesser VP per node. Most players are unwilling to do that, giving the advantage to those who will.

    I have not read though all the messages yet this might have been mentioned. But it looks the bonus crew fatigue is 5% not the 10% you mentioned. Everything else you said on fatigue seems right👍

    Edit: all you need to do is change ten percent to five percent and everything else is right
  • WaldoMagWaldoMag ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 24
    Banjo1012 wrote: »
    Aandraa wrote: »
    Archer-T-Pol-Twilight-screencap-episode-3x08-archer-and-tpol-7092259-1010-568.jpg

    Nice to see someone else is actually geeked about this T’Pol

    I like Enterprise. I never really liked T'Pol. I suspect her character was poorly and inconsistently written. I felt she was a bad Vulcan, what with being extremely emotional and condescending. I think that was the writing, too. Truth told, she did shine in a few episodes. Also, I liked the actress during her Stargate role.

    The thing that is missed in Enterpise Vulcans, is that they are not practicing Surak's teachings. They are not in control of their emotions as we are use to seeing. And, T'Pol's character loses any semblance of control because of the trellium-D abuse. It is in "enterprise" that the true teaching's are discovered. And, it is then that T'Pol gets control over her emotions due to her reading of Surak's teachings. It had been mentioned earlier in other episodes that she would never get control of her emotions. But, with her studying of Surak's teachings she does.
  • DazlaaaaaDazlaaaaa ✭✭✭
    Shan wrote: »
    OK!

    Detective Data will not be part of the rewards however.

    You realise you just airlocked Data, don't you?

    You do realise that, surely?

    I don't know how you live with yourself...
  • [7TW] UnkieB[7TW] UnkieB ✭✭✭✭✭
    Shan wrote: »
    OK!

    So this expedition flashback will follow the same rules that applied the last time we ran an expedition event (hybrid event Auld Lang Syne) - meaning no timer on a ticket and no RNG when criting a VP node.

    As for the rewards structure, this flashback was adapted to be in line with what has been done in events recently.

    Detective Data will not be part of the rewards however.

    So not really a flashback, more like a rerun from before the new rerun rewards structure came out and without any new crew.
  • Dirk GundersonDirk Gunderson ✭✭✭✭✭
    Even with knowing we won’t be suffering under the old Hardcore Mode rules, this might be the first event in years where I don’t bother to clear the 130k VP threshold. I know it won’t be worth it to buy tickets to chase the top 1500 - I might as well save those resources to spend on event packs the following week - and I strongly doubt the free tickets would get me to any of the higher reward tiers. I don’t need a second Dr. La Forge and don’t feel that hours of grinding for a few hundred honor. How far I go depends on the rest of the threshold rewards - if it’s worth power-leveling Scrooge Data and thawing the likes of Dr. La Forge or if o should ignore the event completely.
  • I was looking forward to playing seven bells out if this on my VIP0 for a 4th star on Detective Data. Not sure I'll even bother with the free tickets given the lack of any meaningful reward.
  • Bylo BandBylo Band ✭✭✭✭✭
    I've literally never done this before, but I'm like 50/50 right now on posting a score of 0 for this event. I normally preach for people to get threshold no matter what because the benefits are worth it, but a 4 day expedition is testing the limits of that philosophy. I'll wait and see and make this a gametime decision Thursday, but right now just thinking about doing an expedition is making me feel like Michael Scott when Toby came back from Costa Rica.
  • IvlainIvlain ✭✭✭
    If I only get Geordi for thresholds and rewards, I'll be taking this event off. I may do a few rounds of Expedition, but not going for top 1500.
  • WaldoMagWaldoMag ✭✭✭✭✭
    I guess I am one of the few that want this T'Pol
  • Banjo1012Banjo1012 ✭✭✭✭✭
    WaldoMag wrote: »
    I guess I am one of the few that want this T'Pol

    I was thinking the same thing about myself

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