Daily Archives: January 13, 2010

STO – Customize Your Head!

Proving that last night was a matter of the servers being too busy, I was able to log on to Star Trek Online this morning.

That got me into character creation where phrases, seen out of context, can be quite amusing.  For example, I chuckled every time I looked up and saw:

A while I found that phrase funny, it is certainly the truth.  You have two levels of character customization, extremely simple and Cryptic-style complex.  So you can, if you wish, customize many aspects of your head.

Some of your options...

You are not quite as free with your options as you are in Champions Online.  Uniform options are a bit limited, though you can go the “inflict pain through bad color choices” route in that area if you so desire.

When it came to character creation though, I went the “WWKD?”

What would Kirk do?

Kirk would get himself a decent haircut, a gold tunic, strike a heroic pose, and then get on with things.

And so Captain Fabulous was born, ready to report to the USS Wensleydale!

Ensign Reynaldo T. Fabulous

Now to actually find some time to play the game.

STO Open Beta – First Night

I got home last night and found that my download was complete.  The Star Trek Online client was ready to install.

I ran the installer.  That went well.

I logged in and let it patch.  Also good.

And then I was told that the server was down, but that it would be up soon.  No big deal.

At some point after the server came up, I logged in.  I got to see the Cryptic and Atari logos as well as the cool loading screen.

Loading Screen Engaged!

And then that was about it for the excitement.

After that, the only two messages I saw were:


over and over again.

Not the most auspicious start for me I suppose.

But then again, it was the first night of open beta for a popular game.  Problems are to be expected.

It was persistent enough that I began to wonder if it was some sort of replay of the UDP issue I was having with Pirates of the Burning Sea way back when. (PotBS comparisons with STO seem to en vogue at the moment.)  However, a check of the forums showed that other people were having the same issue.

So there was no Star Fleet activity at our house on the first night of open beta.

But World of Warcraft was there for me.  I got on just in time to run Wintergrasp and call it a night.